The Nightmare Before Christmas Gets a Festively Creepy Live Show for Its 25th Anniversary

By Beth Elderkin on at

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, also known as that movie you’re not sure whether to watch for Halloween or Christmas so you just watch it for both, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. And lucky for Jack Skellington fans, composer and star Danny Elfman is returning to the stage for a special two-night tribute concert.

In a press release, it was revealed that the Hollywood Bowl, in the US state of California, would be hosting another live-to-film screening for The Nightmare Before Christmas, with Elfman performing his role of Jack Skellington, Catherine O’Hara as Sally, and Ken Page as the voice of Oogie Boogie. The event, which features live scenery projections and a live orchestra, debuted in 2015 and has been a big hit with fans of the original film. It returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2016 to a sold-out crowd, and was also performed at the Barclays Center in the state of New York last year.

Even if it’s not Elfman’s first rodeo as the Pumpkin King, this year feels a bit extra special, given how it’s the movie’s anniversary. The concert will debut, appropriately, on 26 and 27 October, the weekend before Halloween. But if you can’t make it out to California, the film’s Blu-ray 25th anniversary edition comes with a Sing-Along Mode. You may not get to see Elfman as Jack Skellington, but you can still jam along with him.