Oscar Producer Plans Second 'Black Movie Soundtrack' at the Hollywood Bowl

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A version of this story first appeared in the March 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Producer Reginald Hudlin has his hands full with the Oscar show Feb. 28, when Hollywood will be watching to see how he, producer David Hill and host Chris Rock handle the hot topic of diversity. But Hudlin has a few months to figure out how to celebrate black music when he returns to the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 31 with Grammy winner Marcus Miller to present "The Black Movie Soundtrack II," announced Feb. 9 as part of the bowl's new season.

The event is produced in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — a well-timed tie-in amid #OscarsSoWhite furor — and will be hosted by Craig Robinson, who emceed the 2014 black soundtrack event. LA Phil director of presentations Laura Connelly tells THR the 2016 edition has nothing to do with the dialogue surrounding diversity in Hollywood. "It was planned long before anything came up about the Academy Awards," she says. "[This event] is feeding off the success we had in 2014. There was such positive word of mouth from those who saw the first one, and that's what's going to make the difference."

Connelly adds that they had hoped to showcase the special event again during the 2015 season, but due to scheduling it didn't work out. "The morning after [in 2014], we were getting great emails from people saying they had an awesome time and hoping we would do another. It was so enthusiastically received."

Connelly refuses to offer any spoilers as to what specific songs ticket buyers can expect to hear this summer. "It will be in the same vein as the first — a look at the evolution of black music in movies, from ‘Stormy Weather' to ‘Let's Go Crazy' to something from Dreamgirls. It's still in the planning stages, but we had so much material that we didn't use in 2014 that there is a wealth to choose from."