“Nightmare Before Christmas” brings Halloween to the Auditorium Theater

by Amanda Landwehr / Arts & Culture Editor

A presentation of “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Theater. Photo courtesy of the Auditorium Theater.

As Halloween night slowly lurks closer and closer, Chicagoans might find themselves drawn to the Auditorium Theater’s annual screening of the “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” accompanied by live music from the Chicago Philharmonic. With an iconic soundtrack designed by the legendary Danny Elfman and the unforgettable stop-motion style of creative directors Tim Burton and Henry Selick, “The Nightmare Before Christmas” has earned its place as a timeless Halloween flick to viewers of all ages. 

The event is a part of the “Disney In Concert” series, a program designed to host live musical performances of iconic Disney movie soundtracks to audiences worldwide. This year’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” event will screen on two evenings: Thursday Oct. 31 and Friday Nov. 1, with both shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. 

Prior to the performance, audiences are invited to participate in a costume contest, snap a photo with Jack and Sally or even indulge in some trick-or-treating around the theater.

Emmy award-winning composer Thiago Tibero will lead the Chicago Philharmonic in performing the acclaimed “Nightmare Before Christmas” soundtrack alongside a screening of the film. Featuring tunes such as “This is Halloween” and the “Oogie Boogie’s Song,” hearing Danny Elfman’s memorable soundtrack performed live during the spookiest season of the year is not to be missed. 

Starting on Monday Oct. 28, Roosevelt University students have the opportunity to purchase discounted rush tickets for $20 each. Students can purchase up to 2 tickets with a valid student I.D at the Auditorium Theater box office, or online with the promo code “GOLDRUSH.”

If you find yourself in need of plans for the Halloween weekend, the Auditorium Theater’s presentation of “Nightmare Before Christmas” is the perfectly spooky solution. With live music from the noteworthy Chicago Philharmonic and the nostalgic charm of this Tim Burton classic, joining friends and watching a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is, in my opinion, the ultimate way to celebrate Halloween.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment


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