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Yeston & Kopit's Phantom
Memorial auditorium, progress energy center—No, this isn't Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, but it's also based on the Gaston Leroux novel. In 1982, the actor Geoffrey Holder purchased the rights to the novel and commissioned the team of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit to turn it into a musical. Unfortunately, Holder was unable to hang on to the worldwide rights and the novel fell into the public domain. Webber managed to get his Phantom out first and the rest, as they say, was history. Except that interest in the original Phantom persisted: It finally receieved its world premiere in 1991, and the producers of this new show in Raleigh claim that the Yeston and Kopit version has grossed more than $500 million worldwide. N.C. Theatre produces this one, which opens Saturday, Oct. 18, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 26, with a cadre of Equity Broadway veterans. For tickets, call 834-4000 or visit Prices range from $26 to $76. For more information, visit —David Fellerath

The Randall Bramblett Band
The Pour House—Bramblett has lent his sax sound to Gregg Allman, Steve Winwood and many others since the '70s, but those two artists bracket his solo style nicely. While steeped in Southern soul blues, there's a smooth, jazzy sophistication to his textures, reminiscent of Winwood's solo albums. Bramblett's latest, Now It's Tomorrow, aims for more groove than rock. Pay $10-$12 at 6 p.m. —Chris Parker

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