|Danny Elfman conjured up the past with an encore|
performance of "Dead Man's Party" on Oct. 31, 2015.
Photo: Kelly A. Swift
And truly folks, my review would have been glowing given the magic playing out on stage from start to finish. The wonderful orchestra under the direction of conductor John Mauceri playing Danny Elfman's terrific score as the film was projected on a giant screen overhead. On-stage, Elfman sang the part of Jack Skellington with technical skill and emotional zeal flawlessly. Other featured singers included actress Catherine O'Hara singing "Sally's Song" and Ken Page nailing "Oogie Boogie's Song" with the fire of his original recorded version for the 1993 animated classic. There was also a wonderful encore performance of "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" featuring not only Elfman and O'Hara, but singer/actor Paul (Pee-Wee Herman) Reubens that couldn't have been better.
|From left, Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara and Paul Reubens|
singing "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" on Oct. 31, 2015.
If the night was so spectacular, why did I not opt to file my review for publication? Blame it on a group of drunk idiots seated in the box next to us at The Hollywood Bowl. They arrived to the concert a bit after it started, but immediately started and kept on talking loudly and dropping bottles and generally got more and more rude as those around us asked them to please pipe down. When I went to two security staff members at intermission, very little was done and security would not remove them from the venue.
I don't understand why the Hollywood Bowl had no trouble forcibly removing people's drinking water as they came in (we're in a serious drought here everybody!), but did nothing about drunks who were ruining a special night.