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DPAC Celebrates Fourth Birthday

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1.5 Million Guests Agree, DPAC has become the Center for live entertainment in the Triangle  

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, will celebrate its fourth Birthday this week and continues to set new attendance milestones as one of the top five ranked theaters in America. DPAC opened November 30, 2008 with a sellout concert with Blues legend BB King and has been breaking records ever since. Four years to the date of that first show, this Friday, November 30th, the venue will host Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, DPAC‘s 223rd sellout since opening. In total, DPAC has hosted 704 performances and welcomed 1.5 million guests over the past four years.

“Before we opened our doors, we knew we wanted to be known for one-of-a-kind live entertainment experiences and to be our guests favorite place for live events. Triangle audiences quickly caught on, that not only did the really big shows play at DPAC, but guests also noticed there was an attention to customer service that was both authentic and extra special.  From the outset, one of the keys was DPAC‘s operating partnership of PFM and Nederlander and their ability to land the biggest Broadway, concert and comedy shows in America. It’s this combination of great shows and  our commitment to the guest experience, that has really set us apart in the region and helped make DPAC such a hit with so many passionate fans,” said Bob Klaus, General Manager.”

Pollstar, the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry with tour schedules and sales results, listed DPAC #4 in the U.S., and #5 internationally in their recent report for “2012 Worldwide Ticket Sales – based on 2012 attendance through September.  DPAC was also recently ranked as the #1 Performing Arts Organization in the region by Triangle Business Journal for the third consecutive year. Other DPAC accolades include:

·       Billboard Magazine 2012 ranking – 4th highest grossing venue in the world in the capacity category of 5,000 or fewer seats
·       The Independent Weekly’s “Best of” winner for Best Theater Venue – 4th Consecutive Year
·       The Herald Sun’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Live Entertainment – 4th Consecutive Year
·       Raleigh’s Metro Magazine’s Standing Ovation for Best Theater – 3rd Consecutive Year
·       Durham Magazine – Best Place for Live Music and Best Place for Live Theater – 2nd Consecutive Year
· Certificate of Excellence

“Four years, wow!  My favorite moments have been watching the dozens of Tony Award winning Broadway musicals come to life on DPAC’s stage over these past few years including my favorites Memphis, Billy Elliot, and Jersey Boys,” said Rachel Gragg, Senior Director of Marketing.  “Our 11,000 SunTrust Broadway at DPAC Season Seat Members continue to grow making the Triangle the #1 season ticket program in the region.  I can’t wait to see what’s yet to come.”

In honor of this four year milestone DPAC will also be giving away four Bailey’s Gift Boxes to four lucky guests on Friday evening from stage compliments of Bailey’s Fine Jewelry.

Top Ten SunTrust Broadway at DPAC shows hosted since opening:
1.     WICKED (2010)
2.     WICKED (2012)
3.     Disney’s The Lion King
4.     Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes
5.     Jersey Boys
6.    The  Phantom of the Opera
7.    Billy Elliot- The Musical
8.     West Side Story
9.     Blue Man Group
10.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Top Ten Concerts hosted since opening:
1.     Neil Young
2.     Steely Dan (2009)
3.     Steely Dan (2011)
4.     Leonard Cohen
5.     Paul Simon
6.     Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
7.     Aretha Franklin
8.     Duran Duran
9.     John Mellencamp
10.  John Legend

Top Ten Comedy Events since opening:
1.     Jerry Seinfeld
2.     Daniel Tosh
3.     Bill Cosby (2009)
4.     Robin Williams
5.     Bill Cosby (2012)
6.     Martin Lawrence
7.     Carol Burnett
8.     Lewis Black
9.     Kathy Griffin
10.  Ron White


About DPAC

Since its opening in 2008, DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center, has become the center for live entertainment in the Triangle. Recognized for its contemporary design, DPAC features 2,700 seats, intimate sightlines and state-of-the art sound and video. Listed four times in the top 50 in Pollstar magazine’s annual worldwide theater attendance rankings, DPAC is currently the #4 ranked theater in the U.S.

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