Danny Elfman's music from the films of Tim Burton comes alive at the Nokia Theatre

If you loved the movies directed by Tim Burton and scored by Danny Elfman since you were a kid, or have been a longtime fan of either one, the Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton concert was the show to see.

For the event, Danny Elfman came out of public performance retirement for the first time since his 1970s-80s band Oingo Boingo's 1995 Halloween concert.

The three-day series of concerts featured silent films aaccompanied by live music with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and the Page L.A. Choir conducted by John Mauceri at the L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre.

Danny Elfman s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Danny Elfman s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (photo by: Paty Elias)

Music from "Batman," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Beetlejuice," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Alice in Wonderland," among others, were included in the program. All told, the films featured in the concert have grossed over $3.5 billion worldwide.

The highlight of the evening was the appearance of Elfman himself, coming out in character as the Pumpkin King from "The Nightmare Before Christmas," one of his -- and director Tim Burton's -- greatest works. In that 1993 classic, Elfman not only composed the music but also provided the singing voice of Jack Skellington.

Adding to the evening were Catherine O'Hara as the voice of "Nightmare's" Sally, and a special performance by violinist Sandy Cameron.


Danny Elfman s Music from the Films of Tim Burton
Danny Elfman s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (photo by: Paty Elias)