Next year, The Nightmare Before Christmas Live will leave the USA for only the second time since its inception, and will be showing at the SSE Wembley in London and the SSE Hydro in Glasgow in honour of the film’s 25th anniversary. The performance will see renowned composer and songwriter Danny Elfman bring the infamous Jack Skellington to life, alongside other original cast members Catherine O’Hara (Sally) and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie). The show celebrates all the musical numbers from Tim Burton’s iconic film, with the help of orchestral backing provided by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra at their respective locations.
The live show sold out for its three night run in Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles in October. Similarly to the film released in 1993, the cult classic reimagined as a live concert is able to draw in the crowds thanks to its memorable plot, characters and music. It follows Jack Skellington the Pumpkin King who lives in Halloweentown. Bored with the Halloween traditions, Jack discovers Christmastown and aims to take command of the holiday by becoming the new Santa Claus - kidnapping the current Claus along the way. Meanwhile, in Jack’s absence from Halloweentown, the Oogie Boogie man captures the original Claus and Jack’s love interest Sally, resulting in a battle between Boogie and Jack in the final scenes.
The film was complemented by songs such as ‘What’s This’, ‘Sally’s Song’, ‘Oogie Boogie’s Song’ and many more, that saw Elfman receive a Golden Globe Award nomination for ‘Best Original Score’. The popular Hollywood composer claimed to have found the songwriting a fairly easy task due to his assimilation to the lead character Jack. Have a listen to ‘What’s This’ below:
Now 25 years on, the cast have been reunited as they once again relive the magic of Halloween and Christmas in this timeless story. Elfman described his joy at working with the original cast and touring the show abroad:
“Being able to perform Nightmare live in sync to the movie with a full orchestra was such a thrill at the sold-out Hollywood Bowl shows. Having Catherine O’Hara and Ken Page to perform with me really made it a unique and magical experience. I’m happy to bring this special night to the UK for the first time in December.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas Live will take place on 2nd December 2019 in Glasgow and the 4th December 2019 in London. Tickets go on sale on Friday 7th December 2018. Follow The Nightmare Before Christmas Live to receive alerts.
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