Monday is often a dark night for theatrical performances, but not so in Columbus, OH, where tonight, Aug. 25, the cast of the national touring company of Phantom Of The Opera will stage a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Columbus AIDS Task Force.
Titled, "Phantom Voices," the cabaret show will feature jazz, pop, hip-hop and "twists on classic hit tunes." WSYX radio anchor Deborah Countiss hosts the event, which begins at 7:30 PM at the Vern Riffe Center for Government & The Arts, 77 South High St. A silent auction, plus a dessert and coffee reception are offered as well.
The Music Box Company of Phantom Of The Opera began its engagement at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus Aug. 21, with a press opening Aug. 23. Starring are Brad Little (The Phantom), Kimilee Bryant (Christine) and Jason Pebworth (Raoul).
Performances in "Voices" include Bryant doing "The Willow Song" (The Ballad Of Baby Doe), Jessica Henson doing "Tom" (Hello, Again), Steven Stein-Grainger doing "Bring Him Home" (Les Miz) and an ensemble version of "The Human Heart" (Once On This Island).
For tickets to the "Phantom Voices" benefit ($15 show, $25 includes reception) and/or Phantom Of The Opera at the Ohio Theatre ($15 $65), call (614) 431-3600.