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The Book of Mormon cast showcase singing talents at tune-filled cabaret fundraiser

Book of Mormon cast showcase singing talents at cabaret fundraiser

Emma Taylor, Chad Burris at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Emma Taylor and Book of Mormon cast member Chad Burris. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast members at Numbers
The Book of Mormon cast members joined to raise funds for AIDS Foundation Houston Broadway Cares with a cabaret show at Numbers. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Gary Nagler, Cody Bowman, Dennis Murland, Vinh Phan at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Gary Nagler, from left, Cody Bowman, Dennis Murland and Vinh Phan. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Judy and Michael Feinstein at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Judy and Michael Feinstein. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Ernie Manouse, Ron Bohmer and Kelly Young at Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast members at Numbers
From left, Ernie Manouse, Book of Mormon cast member Ron Bohmer and AIDS Foundation Houston CEO Kelly Young. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
 Jeremy and Trace Parzen at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Jeremy and Trace Parzen. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast member Michael Buchanan at Numbers
The Book of Mormon cast member Michael Buchanan revs up the crowd with a rendition of the 1991 dance tune, "I Wanna Sex You Up." Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Charles Swan, Dr. Scott Allen, Oscar Perez, Douglas Sorensen, Travis Springfield at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Charles Swan, from left, Scott Allen, Oscar Perez, Douglas Sorensen and Travis Springfield. Photo by Paul R. Davis/dabfoto creative
Emma Taylor, Chad Burris at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast members at Numbers
Gary Nagler, Cody Bowman, Dennis Murland, Vinh Phan at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Judy and Michael Feinstein at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Ernie Manouse, Ron Bohmer and Kelly Young at Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast members at Numbers
 Jeremy and Trace Parzen at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast
Charity in Song with Book of Mormon cast member Michael Buchanan at Numbers
Charles Swan, Dr. Scott Allen, Oscar Perez, Douglas Sorensen, Travis Springfield at Charity in Song featuring Book of Mormon cast

What: Charity in Song, featuring company members from The Book of Mormon.

Where: Numbers.

The 411: On their night off from performing the hit Broadway musical at the Hobby Center, the cast of The Book of Mormon showcased their talents and versatility with a crowd-pleasing cabaret show before a standing-room only audience of 300 to raise funds for AIDS Foundation Houston and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The song list included a steamy rendition of "Fever," a hauntingly beautiful a capella version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the '90s dance tune "I Wanna Sex You Up," the double-entendre-filled "Blow Me A Kiss," and the spirited finale, "Joyful, Joyful" from Sister Act.

There was also a surprise visit by what was described as "Houston's hometown girl" — a dead-ringer for Beyoncé who danced and lip-synched to "Crazy For You." 

Afterwards, cast members mingled with guests across the street at a party at MichelAngelos restaurant.

The evening raised more than $20,000, including a $3,000 bid in a spirited live auction for a unique backstage visit while the show is in Houston by a bidder who did not wish to be indentified.

Who: AIDS Foundation Houston CEO Kelly Young, Tanner Williams, Channel 8 personality Ernie Manouse (the evening's emcee), Judy and Michael FeinsteinTravis Torrence, Jeremy and Trace Parzen, Dustin Ruffato, Lane Lewis, Mary Ward Hecksel, Van and Sandy Lessig, Jerry Vann and Broadway Across America's Kenny Singer (the duo spearheaded the idea for the Houston concert), Paula Singer, Dee Alvarado, Paul Brockman and Scott Greenwood.

Also joining in the fun were Rick Goldberg, Greg Gondren, Keith Lilies, Dee Kreft, Gayle Collins and Jack Schaffer.

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