Imagine Jack Skellington putting on a rock concert in Los Angeles. If you grew up watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, where that character originated, that might be the most exquisite Halloween gift conceivable.
Juan Ocampo/Nokia Theatre L.A. Live/Bernstein Associates Danny Elfman gives voice to his claymation creation.
Well kids...he did. This week's run of concerts at the Nokia Theatre, Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton, brought Jack (whose singing voice was performed by Elfman in the 1993 film) out of retirement for a raucous and unforgettable evening powered by a full orchestra and choir, which began with the wailing, sci-fi voice of a theremin and ended with Elfman incarnating Nightmare's Oogie Boogie.
The program ran breathlessly through the 25 years of cinematic collaboration between Burton and Elfman, a macabre match made in movie-lover heaven, from their very first project together (1985's Pee-Wee's Big Adventure) through last year's Frankenweenie. The members of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra -- comprised of LA's premiere studio musicians, many of whom played on the original score recordings -- nailed Elfman's distinct personality and writing voice, flawlessly capturing the energy, disjointed humor and melancholic beauty of his rich body of work for Burton's films.More »