DPAC steals the shows, again

Durham venue offers a boffo season at expense of Raleigh

Staff WritersFebruary 18, 2011 

— Live theater in the Triangle continues its Durham migration with the announcement of the Durham Performing Arts Center's 2011-12 season.

Most of the shows will be coming in hot off the Broadway stage, and they're just the sort of bookings that used to find a home at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium's Broadway Series South. Since opening in late 2008, however, the 2,712-seat DPAC has had a near-stranglehold on touring Broadway roadshows.

DPAC sold out 59 shows last year, including multiple dates of "Wicked," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Mamma Mia." The venue sold more than 263,000 tickets to 151 events in 2010, good enough to put it at No. 9 in Pollstar magazine's national listing for theaters.

Here's how the 2011-12 schedule breaks down:

"Come Fly Away" (Sept. 27-Oct. 2) - Like the Billy Joel musical "Movin' Out," this well-reviewed musical features choreography by Twyla Tharp.

"Rock of Ages" (Oct. 25-30) - In which '80s hair-metal comes to the theater stage with songs by Poison, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Asia and others.

"Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes" (Nov. 10-27) - A venerable holiday favorite.

"Rain" (Jan. 17-18) - Beatles tribute.

"Memphis" (Jan. 24-29) - This paean to old-school '50s rock won four Tony Awards last year, including best musical.

"The Addams Family" (Feb. 28-March 4, 2012) - Written by "Jersey Boys" authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, this is based on the 1960s TV series.

"Chicago" (March 20-21, 2012) - After spinning off an Oscar-winning film version, it's back on the stage.

"Bring It On: The Musical" (April 17-22, 2012) - As a point of local interest, this cheerleading comedy began as a 2000 film directed by UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Peyton Reed.

"Wicked" (May 2-27, 2012) - Last year's huge hit.

"West Side Story" (June 5-10, 2012) - The latest Broadway revival of the 1957 Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim classic.

For ticket details, check dpacnc.com or call 680-2787.

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