Danny Elfman concert of Tim Burton movie music adds second show

Concert-goers will have another chance to hear Danny Elfman’s scores for Tim Burton movies. Their longtime collaboration includes such films as “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Beetlejuice.”

“Danny Elfman’s Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” planned for Halloween night, sold out in 12 minutes, prompting organizers to add a second show for Oct. 29 at 8:15 p.m. at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, with tickets on sale now.

Tickets for the Oct. 29 show start at $45 and are on sale through or by calling (888) 929-7849.

The orchestral concert performance of Elfman’s scores, a first for the composer in the U.S., will feature conductor John Mauceri leading the 87-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony and the 45-member Page L.A. Choir.

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The show will include tunes from Elfman and Burton’s 15 film collaborations from 1985’s “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” to 2012’s “Frankenweenie,” spliced with Burton’s art and film clips.

Elfman will be on hand to perform his songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (the four-time Oscar nominee also served as Jack Skellington’s singing voice in the 1993 film).

The concert will premiere Oct. 7 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, then tour Britain ahead of its L.A. dates. A U.S. tour for the show is also in the works, but dates and cities have yet to be announced.

Elfman first caught Burton’s eye as the frontman for new wave band Oingo Boingo.

The director tapped the singer to score “Pee-wee,” launching the pair’s roughly 30-year collaboration.

Elfman has also composed the iconic theme music for “The Simpsons,” the “Serenada Schizophrana” symphony for Carnegie Hall and Cirque du Soleil’s “Iris,” which recently closed at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

“Having a particular style is not bad, but I prefer to push myself in the direction of being a composer who you never know what he’s doing next,” Elfman said in a statement.


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