It was announced yesterday that Canadian barihunk Jonathan Estabrooks has been asked to step into the title role of Peter Stopschinski's Bum Phillips: All-American Opera, a one-night-only performance at the Stafford Centre on Thursday, September 24th. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Bum Phillips Retreat, which supports many activities including Heart Sign Camp, a summer camp for hearing impaired children.
The opera premiered in New York last year at the Ellen Stewart Theater and chronicles Oail Andrew “Bum” Phillips’ time as head coach of the Houston Oilers. The libretto is based on his autobiography, Bum Phillips: Cowboy, Coach, Christian. We posted about last year's performance, which starred barihunks Gary Ramsey and Amlami Shaw, a former pro track athlete who has done professional modeling.
The opera will be directed by Luke Leonard and also stars Victor Khodadad as the Color Announcer
Former Houston Oilers players Earl Campbell, Robert Brazile, Curley Culp, Elvin Bethea, Carl Mauck, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Mike Barber, Kenny Burrough Andy Dorris, Greg Bingham, Vernon Perry and Mike Renfro will be in attendance for a post-performance Q&A.
Ticket prices for the charity event are $100.00 - $200.00. Tickets including the cocktail reception are $500.00. Tickets are available on the Stafford Centre website.
Estabrooks returns to his native country on November 9th to perform in Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. You can follow him on Twitter @JonEstabrooks.