Three Phantoms in Concert: A Hurricane Matthew Benefit is expected to raise thousands of dollars for flood victims in North Carolina on Nov. 29 at Memorial Auditorium.
But not only was the benefit originally scheduled for the Garner Performing Arts Center, the benefit would not be happening except for the Garner-based Broadway Voices.
Craig Schulman, one of the three actors in the benefit who has been the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, has twice done Broadway Voices concerts. Years ago, he also did a concert at Aversboro Road Baptist Church.
He was checking up on friends after seeing television coverage of the flooding and asked if he could do a benefit in Garner to help raise funds for the flood victims. A date was secured at the GPAC.
Schulman called back soon and said he was bringing a couple of friends, Ciaran Sheehan and Gary Mauer, who also had done Broadway Voices shows and who also were former Phantoms. They planned to do Three Phantoms in Concert, a major show that is often booked with full symphony orchestras..
But soon the City of Raleigh offered Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center. Mauer was replaced by Mark Jacoby, who was Broadway’s Phantom for two years, because of a date conflict, but the show was headed to the 2,300-seat auditorium.
“I don’t blame them a bit,” said Debbie Dunn, the GPAC manager. “This is a huge show and I know they are trying to make as much money as possible to help the flood victims. I’m buying my tickets.”
Local McDonald’s owner/operators and Duke Energy are the presenting sponsors and the John William Pope foundation joined as a major corporate sponsor. The N.C. Theatre brought expertise to managing such a big show. The City of Raleigh has made it possible to use the facility.
The strong corporate support will allow 100 percent of ticket revenue to be used for flood recovery. All the proceeds will go to N.C. Baptists on Mission, who have made a two to three-year commitment to recovery efforts in North Carolina.
Following Hurricane Floyd, the group rebuilt 1,500 homes. The funds from the benefit will be used to buy building materials for volunteers to use in the recovery effort.
Organizers hope to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the flood victims.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, at the Duke Energy Center box office and at DukeEnergyCenterRaleigh.com.
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