Cabaret Benefit

Life is a cabaret for Book of Mormon cast with plans for a special Houston songfest

Book of Mormon cast plans special cabaret show as charity fundraiser

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Cast members from the touring production of The Book of Mormon plan a cabaret show at Numbers on one of their nights off. (File photo.) Photo by © Joan Marcus

The Book of Mormon is wowing audiences at the Hobby Center through Feb. 8. But on the cast's night off, they will still be singing — for a good cause.

"Charity in Song," a cabaret show featuring the cast and orchestra of the Broadway smash, will take place at Numbers on Feb. 2. Touring company members will perform some of their favorite songs from other Broadway musicals as well as classic tunes in a performance that will benefit AIDS Foundation Houston and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

 In two and a half years on the road, The Book of Mormon has raised over $1.8 million in donations for AIDS organizations at such concerts.  

Tickets, which range from $35 to $100, can be purchased at aidshelp.org.

In two and a half years on the road, The Book of Mormon has raised over $1.8 million in donations for AIDS organizations at such concerts. "This collaboration is very special because the cast is giving up their day off to perform this benefit,” AIDS Foundation Houston CEO Kelly Young said in a statement.

Such shows are common in New York and Las Vegas, but are rarely done in Houston. At these performances, cast members show their range, with a wide array of show tunes from Broadway hits and torch songs.

Numbers, the venerable Montrose dance club, has recently been branching out with alternative performances. A burlesque show on the last Friday of each month is drawing a large crowd. Last month, a humorous spoof of the Lord of the Rings trilogy featured aerial dancers and beefy swordsmen in addition to well-endowed burlesque dancers mastering their craft with intricate dance performances.

As at those shows, the large dance floor at Numbers will be converted into a supper club format, with tables and chairs, for the cabaret show featuring Book of Mormon cast members.