Tim Burton's classic holiday film The Nightmare Before Christmas is coming to Brooklyn as a live-to-film concert event that will happen at Barclays Center on December 6 & 7. Danny Elfman, who wrote the songs and score and was the singing voice of Jack Skellington, will sing live, as will original voice actors Catherine O'Hara (Sally) and Ken Page (Oogie Boogie). They'll be backed by a full orchestra and choir during a screening of the movie.
This show happened in Los Angeles in years past, but this will be a first for New York City.
“Being able to perform “Nightmare” live in synch 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 Brooklyn for the first time in December."
A cast of singers and special guest artists will be performing the film’s songs live. Conductor John Mauceri, Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will be leading the full orchestra and choir performing the film's classic score and songs live to picture.
Barclays Center will also become Halloween Town "with special pre-show activities including an audience participation costume contest and unique photo opportunities. Tim Burton-inspired costumes are encouraged!"
Tickets for the shows go on sale Friday, October 6 at 10 AM but you can get them early via the BrooklynVegan presale that begins Wednesday (10/4) at 10 AM. Check back Wednesday morning for the presale password.
UPDATE: Presale password is HERE.
Watch "What's This" from the original film, along with Fiona Apple's cover of "Sally's Song" and Marilyn Manson's cover of "This is Halloween", below.