The dreams of every Nightmare Before Christmas fan came true last weekend at the Hollywood Bowl when, for the first time ever, the movie was shown with the original singers performing live and accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. When we bought the tickets, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was just excited to hear the Danny Elfman (hello every amazing Tim Burton movie soundtrack!) sing the NBC songs live. So, it was a treat to see and hear special guests like Paul Ruebens, Catherine O'Hara, and Ken Page (who sounds even better live, belting out Oogie Boogie's Song). Everyone sounded great, especially Danny Elfman, and it was fun to see how expressive they were on stage while performing during the movie. It was like getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the soundtrack was created.
Elfman must have been on a high from all the singing and audience cheering because he ended the night with the Oingo Boingo song, Dead Man's Party, which sounded unplanned, but was a wonderful surprise.
Another surprise was Sandy Cameron, who played violin during the intermission and was an absolute badass.
The Hollywood Bowl also made that Halloween Day extra fun with candy stations for kids, and adults, to trick-or-treat their way up to their seats and a costume contest before show. I loved seeing all the Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas themed costumes.