Arts & Culture

Broadway on Tour: Triangle has dueling shows about finding your passion

“Kinky Boots” plays this week at Durham Performing Arts Center. It has adult themes.
“Kinky Boots” plays this week at Durham Performing Arts Center. It has adult themes. MATTHEW MURPHY

Beginning Tuesday, Triangle audiences can choose from two new Broadway shows touring here for the first time: “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Kinky Boots.” Both play the same days. One is sweet, the other sassy. Here’s a guide to help you decide:

‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

The buzz: Winner of five Tony Awards in 2012, this is a play with music that tells how a forlorn orphan boy follows his dream of experiencing swashbuckling adventures and becomes the fabled Peter Pan.

Watch for: The way the 12 cast members take turns narrating the story, becoming dozens of characters and making up the scenery as they go along, with ropes, ladders and everyday objects.

About the tour: Based on the best-selling children’s book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the production is geared to ages 10 and up, including adults, who should find the inventive staging clever and charming.

Where to see it: Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through March 15; 2 p.m. Saturday and March 15.

Tickets: $25-$90

Info: 919-831-6941 or

‘Kinky Boots’

The buzz: Winner of six Tony Awards in 2013, including best musical, “Kinky Boots” follows the story of Charlie, who’s trying to turn around a failing shoe factory. He gets an idea from a chance meeting with drag performer Lola and begins producing specialty theatrical footwear.

Watch for: Jerry Mitchell’s choreography at the end of Act I, danced on a conveyer belt to Cyndi Lauper’s music; the even bigger show finale, “Just Be,” that sends audiences dancing into the aisles.

About the tour: This heartwarming story of overcoming prejudice and finding out who you are has adult themes and is not recommended for children.

Where to see it: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 15.

Tickets: $40-$145

Info: 919-680-2787 or