Oct 31, 2023

Nightmare Before Christmas Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl transformed into an eerie and enchanted celebration of Tim Burton’s iconic masterpiece “Nightmare Before Christmas Live”for three nights Oct. 27-29th at The Hollywood Bowl.

The night’s lineup featured the mastermind behind the film’s iconic music, Danny Elfman, as well as the voices of Oogie Boogie and Sally, Ken Page and Baraka May, respectively. From the moment the orchestra tuned up and Danny Elfman appeared on stage, the audience was transported to Halloween Town.

Elfman, who originally provided the singing voice for Jack Skellington in the movie, was a real treat for the audience. Dressed in an outfit reminiscent of Jack’s suit, Elfman channeled the Pumpkin King’s charisma and charm while delivering an incredible vocal performance.

Ken Page, known for his portrayal of the nefarious Oogie Boogie, brought an electric energy to the stage. His deep voice reverberated through the venue as he crooned the sinister “Oogie Boogie’s Song.” His charismatic stage presence made Oogie Boogie come to life in the most menacing and entertaining way possible.

Baraka May, who embodied the beloved character Sally, was equally captivating. Her rendition of “Sally’s Song” was beautifully haunting, and her voice carried a sense of vulnerability and longing that perfectly captured the essence of the character.

The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, led by conductor John Mauceri, deserves special recognition for their outstanding performance. They flawlessly brought the film’s iconic score to life, adding depth and dimension to the already incredible vocal performances. As the night came to a close, the entire cast and crew received a standing ovation.