Wow. Just: wow. This was the coolest thing to experience live. I’d been seeing advertisements for this concert for months now but I hadn’t bought tickets until yesterday evening. I bought two $65 tickets in the 27th row of the orchestra and got excited. I love a bunch of Tim Burton’s movies: Sleepy Hollow (#1 favorite), The Nightmare Before Christmas (hello, childhood!), Big Fish, Sweeney Todd (okay, so that one doesn’t count because Sondheim wrote the music, but whatever), etc. 

The first act, in this order, consisted of music from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow (!!!), Mars Attacks!, Big Fish, and Batman/Batman Returns. A young boy named Leif Christian Pedersen sang the “ooo’s” during the Sleepy Hollow sequence and he was excellent.  

At intermission, we saw an audience member in full Beetlejuice attire. That’s some dedication. The second act, in order, was: Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice in Wonderland (John-Dominick Mignardi provided the boy soprano vocals, he was also amazing). An amazing violinist named Sandy Cameron dressed in some bad-ass black leather took on the violin solos in the Edwards Scissorhands segment. She was awesome. 

The most special part of the show was when Danny Elfman himself came out to perform the Jack Skeleton vocals during The Nightmare Before Christmas. I had no idea he’d done the vocals for the movie so this was a total surprise. He had SO much fun up there. Four additional performers came out to do the additional voices for “This Is Halloween.” It was just amazing. SO much fun.

This was totally worth the $65 for what turned out to be an awesome seat. They have one more performance, I think, on Sunday, so if you can check it out, get there!

An Afternoon Up the Hudson River

I’ve been tempted many times over the last year to go visit towns on the Hudson River thanks to Jordan of Ramshackle Glam.  She’s posted multiple times about her day trips to towns up the Hudson River and the towns always look so charming. This morning I took the train up to meet my friend Ben in his hometown and we drove up and down the Hudson River while visiting Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Cold Spring.

We visited Tarrytown first which basically is one main strip with views that are quite breathtaking.

We refueled at Coffee Labs (did you know that you’re not allowed to touch the espresso machines until you’ve worked there for two months?) where we ran into a friend of Ben’s before walking through the rest of main street.  The town is adorable, and beautiful, but not incredibly exciting.

Next we visited the huge grave yard in Sleepy Hollow where Washington Iriving is buried. I’ve wanted to visit Sleepy Hollow for a while now, mostly because I (embarrassingly) love the movie (yes, the one with Christina Ricci) so incredibly much. We also stood for a moment on the spot where the original Headless Horseman Bridge used to span. There are tours of the graveyard, but they’re on Friday and Saturday nights for the most part.

We headed up to Cold Spring for our final stop. Cold Spring was probably my favorite town of the day. The main street is charming, the food was great, and the number of antique stores were endless. I found a street sign from Fulton Street in the Financial District that I almost bought (because I lived on Fulton Street for 3 years), but I have no idea how or where I would’ve hung it!  On our way to lunch we passed through a yard sale where I picked up The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire for $1 each!

We ate lunch first at Cold Spring Depot. Ben said the fish and chips were fantastic, and my veggie burger was pretty fantastic as well. The live band was a little overwhelming at times but the occasional passing train was kind of cool.

We passed the “Young Republicans Club” on the north end of Main Street and we couldn’t help but take an ironic picture. We’re assholes, I suppose.  

Before heading back to Ben’s hometown to catch the Metro-North back to the city, we stopped at Go-Go-Pops where he grabbed coffee and I grabbed a Go-Go Pop which was pumpkin flavored and delicious!

Although I definitely don’t share the same enthusiasm as Jordan does of the towns up north, I totally enjoyed the day and the exploring that occurred.  Here’s one last shot of the Hudson River.