A version of this story appears in the Sunday Life section of The Oklahoman.
‘Phantom of the Opera’ cast members unmask talents for Labor Day benefit cabaret in Oklahoma City
The national touring company of “The Phantom of the Opera” is partnering with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to put on a cabaret show to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and CityRep. “Phantom Unmasked” will swoop into the Civic Center Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Instead of taking the day off, cast members from “The Phantom of the Opera” will spend Labor Day unmasking their talents for a good cause.
The national touring company is partnering with Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre to put on a one-night-only cabaret show to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and CityRep. “Phantom Unmasked” will swoop into the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Freede Little Theatre.
It’s the second year that CityRep has joined forces with a big touring company for this kind of charity event.
“Last year, we did it with the ‘Wicked’ company, and it was called ‘Witches’ Night Off.’ And it was a resounding success,” said CityRep’s Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, who is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
He said the 2013 song-and-dance benefit show raised about $30,000 for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, CityRep and Oklahoma tornado relief efforts through Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
The performers will participate in the benefit on their one off night of “Phantom’s” Oklahoma City run, which begins Wednesday and continues through Sept. 7 at the Civic Center.
“Several of the companies do this because what the actors like is being able to go and perform anything that’s not the show they do eight times a week,” Jordan said. “It’s their chance to show off everything else they can do. There’ll be some dancing, some singing, some solos, some duets. It’s a cabaret on a bare stage, but it’s all Broadway performers doing what they do.”
Along with the loose and laidback show, the event will include an auction of “Phantom” experiences, including an opportunity to see actor Cooper Grodin get his Phantom makeup and prosthetics applied, a “Star Tour” that will take fans backstage with a principal of the cast, and an exclusive backstage technical tour of the newly revamped production of the popular musical.
“I just saw the show – it’s in Dallas right now – and it’s an entirely new set,” Jordan said. “Technically, it truly is spectacular.”
Tickets for the event are $70 for premium seating, which includes a special “Phantom” tote bag and a show poster autographed by the entire cast; $35 for general seating; and $10 for students with ID. For information and tickets, call 297-2264 or go to myticketoffice.com.
“The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is just very dear to all of us in Actors’ Equity. They send money to organizations in Oklahoma … so it’s for people here fighting and living with AIDS,” Jordan said.
“It’s a very generous thing to me and it makes me proud: They have one day off and they’ll give that day up to raise money for a community that they’re only visiting for two weeks. It’s a pretty lovely thing.”
‘The Phantom of the Opera’
When: Wednesday through Sept. 7. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. One 2 p.m. matinee is scheduled Aug. 28.
Where: Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker.
Information: (800) 869-1451 or www.celebrityattractions.com.