It’s a dream come true for “The Nightmare Before Christmas” fans.
Composer Danny Elfman — who wrote the score for the 1993 animated flick and provided the singing voice for protagonist Jack Skellington — headlines two concerts next month at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where he and other original cast members will sing all 10 songs from “Nightmare” as the movie plays on a big screen behind them.
It marks the first time Elfman and his co-stars — who performed the show at the Hollywood Bowl last year — have brought the show to New York, and Elfman is eager to hit a high note with the Brooklyn viewers.
“It is what you’d expect the movie to sound and feel like — it’s just all live,” Elfman told the Daily News.
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“They just really can expect ‘Nightmare Before Christmas.’ We’re really doing it. I’m really happy to have the original cast, and it’s just been fun to do,” he explained. “It’s really challenging because we’re doing the entire movie in sync.”
The vocalists will be joined by a full orchestra and chorus for the concerts, which take place on Dec. 6 and 7. Catherine O’Hara, who voiced Sally in the movie, and Ken Page, who voiced Oogie Boogie, also star.
The idea that Elfman, 64, would one day perform “A Nightmare Before Christmas” live would’ve probably felt like a long shot when the eccentric Tim Burton film first premiered.
Elfman recalls many people assumed the movie — which centers on a skeleton from Halloween Town who dreams of taking over Christmas — would be “too scary” for children, which he believes hurt its initial reception.
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“So much went into (making) it, and when it came out, it was totally not understood, and died a very quick death,” Elfman recalls. “I was so unhappy that it didn’t reach out further, because I always thought that kids would love it. But there was a vibe when it came out that, ‘Oh, kids will hate this movie. It’s not for kids.'”
But the film earned a cult following after its original theatrical run, and Disney has re-released the film multiple times over the years.
“That’s what makes it so special,” Elman said. “So few movies get a second life.”
“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is far from the only major production Elfman has composed. He notably wrote the theme music for “The Simpsons,” which premiered in 1989 and still uses his same song for the intro.
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Much more recently, Elfman composed the score for the new “Justice League” movie, which centers on DC Comics superheroes like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman.
Elfman says it was tricky coming up with a soundtrack that captured the essences of so many characters — but it was a challenge he enjoyed.
“It was such a puzzle putting together something with that many characters, but trying to find the musical DNA of the past gems that they’ve had, including John Williams’ original them, and bring that into a modern score was really a pleasure for me,” Elfman said.
Elfman plans to bring his “Nightmare Before Christmas” show to a few more cities before he retires the act for good, but he recommends New Yorkers check it out now because he doesn’t anticipate bringing it back to the Big Apple.
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“If you love ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ this is going to be a once-only opportunity to hear it live,” he said.
Tickets to the shows are currently available on Ticketmaster.
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