Celebrate Halloween And Day Of The Dead At The Auditorium With THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Jack Skellington and the residents of Halloween Town pay a visit to Chicago on October 31 and November 1, when Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas comes to the Auditorium Theatre. These screenings commemorate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's stop-motion masterpiece and feature the Chicago Philharmonic dressed in Halloween attire, performing Danny Elfman's beloved score. Attendees are also encouraged to dress in costume and celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead in the Auditorium Theatre's historic, 129-year-old lobby with activities including a costume contest, trick-or-treating, pumpkin decorating, and more.
"We are beyond thrilled to commemorate the anniversary of this classic film on our historic stage with the acclaimed musicians of the Chicago Philharmonic during the Halloween season," says C.J. Dillon, Auditorium Theatre Chief Programming Officer.
"Chicago Philharmonic is so excited to dress is costume and join in the fun for this special event," says Donna Milanovich, Executive Director of the Chicago Philharmonic. "We can't wait to bring to life the spooky magic of Danny Elfman's music and play alongside our favorite characters."
Based on an original story written by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), The Nightmare Before Christmas was released in October 1993. The film follows the earnest-but-misguided adventures of Jack Skellington, the beloved Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, as he attempts to take over the Christmas holiday. Against the advice of Sally, a lonely rag doll who loves him, Jack enlists the help of three mischievous trick-or-treaters and kidnaps Santa Claus, but things don't go exactly according to plan. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and Elfman's score was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The Nightmare Before Christmas is rated PG.
About the Chicago Philharmonic
The Chicago Philharmonic has been called "one of the country's finest symphonic orchestras" by the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago Philharmonic Society is a collaboration of over 200 of the highest-level classical musicians performing in the Chicago metropolitan area. Governed under a groundbreaking structure of musician leadership, the Society presents concerts at venues throughout the Chicago area that cover the full spectrum of classical music, from Bach to Bernstein and beyond. Founded nearly 30 years ago, the Chicago Philharmonic currently serves as the official orchestra of The Joffrey Ballet, continues its 25-year association with the Ravinia Festival, is a resident company of Harris Theater Chicago, and performs regularly at the Auditorium Theatre, Symphony Center, and other the great concert halls of the Chicago and North Shore area. In 2018, the Illinois Council of Orchestras awarded the Chicago Philharmonic "Orchestra of the Year."
About Disney Concerts
Disney Concerts is the concert production and licensing division of Disney Music Group, the music arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Concerts produces concerts and tours, and licenses Disney music and visual content to symphony orchestras and presenters on a worldwide basis. Disney Concerts' concert packages include a variety of formats, such as "live to picture" film concerts and themed instrumental and vocal compilation concerts, and range from instrumental-only symphonic performances to multimedia productions featuring live vocalists and choir. Current titles include the Star Wars Film Concert Series (Episodes IV-VII), Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Fantasia, Pixar In Concert, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice In Wonderland, Frozen, Ratatouille, The Pirates of the Caribbean series (Episodes I-IV), and Silly Symphonies, which last year collectively accounted for over 400 performances in many of the world's top concert venues, including Lincoln Center, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Forum, and the Hollywood Bowl. Numerous new concert packages and touring productions from Disney's portfolio of studios, including Disney's feature animation and live action studios, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, are currently in development.
Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
Wednesday, October 31 | 7:30PM
Thursday, November 1 | 7:30PM
Individual tickets start at $30 and are on sale online at AuditoriumTheatre.org, by phone at 312.341.2300, or in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office (50 E Ida B Wells Dr). The Nightmare Before Christmas is also available as part of the Auditorium Theatre's American Music Series subscription, which offers discounted tickets and also includes Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah and A Whole New World of Alan Menken. Discounted tickets for groups of 10+ people are also available.
The Auditorium Theatre also offers $15 student rush tickets to full-time college students and $5 tickets to young people ages 13-19 with Urban Gateways' Teen Arts Pass program. The Auditorium Theatre's ADMIT ONE program, launched in 2016, offers complimentary tickets to Chicago area community groups. Groups may apply to participate in ADMIT ONE here.