DPAC fetches ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Aladdin’ and musical favorites as part of its new Broadway season

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Led by landmark musicals like “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” last year was DPAC’s best season ever. It may be a tough act to follow, but for 2019-2020, the Durham Performing Arts Center has booked some Broadway favorites — including some of the most popular musicals of all time.

The 2019-2020 DPAC season includes “Disney’s Aladdin,” the “Mean Girls” musical, “The Band’s Visit” — the Broadway hit of the 2017 season — and theater classics “My Fair Lady” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

We already knew Aladdin would be coming to town, kicking off DPAC’s “Our Magic of Broadway” season in a year of revival for the Disney classic, which is set to return to the big screen in May with a new live action feature.

“With each production being a current or recent hit in New York or London, guests are guaranteed to experience the very best Broadway shows on tour,” DPAC senior marketing director Rachel Traversari said in a news release. “We can’t wait to begin our twelfth season with another blockbuster when Disney’s Aladdin opens in October.”

“Disney’s Aladdin” opens Oct. 2 as this season’s main event, running until Oct. 26.

DPAC anticipates 250,000 people will attend its Broadway series. Last year, theater phenomenon “Hamilton” stopped in during a national tour, setting a new bar for the performing arts venue. The show helped drive season ticket sales and led to a Saturday morning frenzy last summer to snag the “golden tickets.” In a month-long run, Hamilton sold out 32 shows, DPAC officials said, with more than 86,000 people attending the musical at the 2,712-seat theater.

Here’s the lineup for the 2019-2020 Broadway season at DPAC:

“Disney’s Aladdin”: Oct. 2-26

“A Bronx Tale”: Nov. 5-10

“Come From Away”: Jan. 14-19, 2020

“Mean Girls”: Feb. 11-16

“The Band’s Visit”: April 7-12

“Escape to Margaritaville”: April 28-May 3

“My Fair Lady”: May 19-24

“Jesus Christ Superstar”: June 2-7

Tickets are currently only available to DPAC season ticket holders, with the window to renew passes open until May 31. After that, Broadway series tickets will open up to the general public in late June, though seats for Aladdin are on sale now.

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