Danny Elfman's songs to Tim Burton's Movies Review - The Audience Cheered

What a GRAND opening to the Lincoln Center Festival of 2015!

I never thought an audience could cheer so loudly.  This is a night I will not soon forget, nor will you.

 

 

 

Once you step into the grand hall of Lincoln Center you are transported for 2 1/2 hours to a world where the most renowned orchestra, The Philharmonic Orchestra of New York and perfect vocals bring you the macabre and the magnificent music of Danny Elfman.  And if that's not good enough, match that music to Tim Burton's movies and manage to throw in the drawing boards of these movies and you have an evening where you are purely captivated.

You do not have to be a Tim Burton fan; of course if you are then you will recognize every song and scene.  And you may even dress the part, as some audience members did.   But if you know nothing of Mr. Burton, take this opportunity to introduce yourself to movies and music from, to name just a few, Peewee's Big Adventure, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beetlejuice, Batman & Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, and my favorite of all time, Edward Scisssorhands.  Everyone's got a favorite.  From the little ones to the grandparents. 

 

And just when you are tempted beyond comprehension, take Danny Elfman, one of the worlds' greatest and versatile composers, have him meet Tim Burton, one of the most innovative filmmakers of all time, and you have thirty years of the most rewarding composer/conductor collaborations in the film industry.  Go a large step forward and bring Mr. Elfman on stage to sing/narrate many of these films, and you don't know where to look.  The orchestra is so perfectly conducted by John Mauceri, it is a sight in itself.  The Concert Chorus of New York is spellbinding as they sing through the sometimes terrifying yet totally satisfying songs.  The large screen straight ahead with storyboards, animation and famous actors, is non stop. Then, take a tiny speck of time and bring a violinist, dressed in Burton garb, to play her literal heart out with sounds and moves that are impossible to emulate.  Well, I am out of breath just writing this review.

 

 

If nothing above appeals to you, just come to experience the cheering and applauding of the most appreciate audiences you will ever experience. I saw the Beatles come into New York and I thought THAT was loud, THIS, my friends, are people who couldn't sleep the night before in anticipation of this event. 

 

After this review I am planning on a Tim Burton movie binge.  After last night, I need to watch and hear it all again.

 

In summation, the question is not 'if' you want to see and be part of this amazing experience, it is a matter of 'when' as it is only appearing until July 12th, which gives you just a few more days.  The location is Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza.  Phone 212-721-6500.  Click for tix -Lincolncenterfestival website

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