Friday, October 28, 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas (LIVE)

Hollywood Bowl; Danny Elfman with interviewers Alex Cohen and Lori Galarreta (; Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
Master of fright, demon of light Danny Elfman brings Nightmare Before Christmas to Bowl 
Jack Skellington looks at some Christmas lights in Christmas town. Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Here in Southern California, there's no shortage of Halloween treats, especially at the Hollywood Bowl.

That's where, for the next three nights, there will be a live screening of Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." This animated dark fantasy film from 1993 centers on Jack Skellington who lives in a place called Halloween Town.

Jack, the pumpkin king, is adored by town residents, including his love interest Sally, for his abilities to frighten folks each fall.
Yep, Jack's grown tired of spooks and scares. Then one day comes across a portal to a place known as Christmas Town and he's smitten.
Jack hatches a plan to kidnap Santa Claus and take his place, but it doesn't work out quite according to plan.
The soundtrack for the film was written by musician Danny Elfman, who will also be singing the part of Jack Skellington at this weekend's Hollywood Bowl shows.

Elfman has been hard at work preparing for this weekend, but he took some time to chat with Alex Cohen about the film and upcoming shows.

He began by explaining how he and Tim Burton created the film:
"Tim would come over to my house with drawings and we spent a number of months not sure how to start because neither of us really had a blueprint for how you begin this kind of project."
They started with the songs. Elfman tells how Burton would explain his story ideas and then show the drawings he'd put together: More + AUDIO

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