“This is Halloween—everybody make a scene!” The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) presents Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Live in Concert to Film, just in time for the fun and fantastical Halloween season!

This fan-favourite stop-motion animation film comes to life like never before, with the big screen of the majestic Roy Thomson Hall as a backdrop. The concert features the full score by the legendary Grammy®-winning composer Danny Elfman, whose delightfully quirky compositions have set the mood for numerous Tim Burton films, including “Beetlejuice”, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”, “Edward Scissorhands”, “Alice In Wonderland” and “Batman”, performed live to picture by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” starring Catherine O’Hara as Sally. Photo courtesy of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Sarah Hicks, this Disney timeless holiday classic stars Canadian comedy icon Catherine O’Hara as Sally and Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride) as Jack Skellington, who is “a master of fright and a demon of light, and (who will) scare you right out of your pants”!

Based on a story and characters by Tim Burton, and directed by Henry Selick (“James and the Giant Peach”), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was first released in 1993 and has become a cult classic, enjoyed by families at both Halloween and Christmas. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloween Town’s beloved Pumpkin King. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who has feelings for him, Jack enlists three mischievous trick-or-treaters – Lock, Shock, and Barrel – to help him kidnap Santa Claus and attempt to take over the Christmas holiday.

The Nightmare Before Christmas” is produced by Disney Concerts, Disney Music Group’s concert production and licensing division, which produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters worldwide. Current titles performed as “live to picture” film concerts include the “Star Wars” Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Fantasia”, “Pixar In Concert”, “Alice In Wonderland”, “Frozen” and “Ratatouille”.

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“The Nightmare Before Christmas”, photo courtesy Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra — “The Nightmare Before Christmas” In Concert

When: October 28-29, 2022
Time: Friday-Saturday 7:30pm
Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Website: www.tso.ca

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