Had you been taking in your early morning dose of Fox 5 today, you would have caught the newest development in Marion Barry‘s ongoing self-reinvention. In case this gem slipped past you, I give you: Phantom: Marion Barry.

Stick with the clip to catch Barry warbling a few lines of…something…from an upcoming benefit concert in conjunction with the Carter Barron Foundation for the Performing Arts. Barry, a self-described “shower singer,” calls it “Phantom of the Opera—-D.C. style.” Barry, then, reprises his role as the alternately repulsive and endearing old ghost of District politics—-this time, with show tunes!

Further information about the event was impossible to locate online; a phone call to the Friends of the Carter Barron Foundation produced the following conversation:

Me: “Hello. I’m calling about a news item I saw…”

Woman, Accompanied by Factory Noises: “It’s 20 dollars. Line up one-and-a-half hours before the show.”

Opera singer Denyce Graves joins the former mayor tonight at 7:30, with further performances Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 3:30 & 7:30 at UDC’s Main Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW.

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