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Legend of Zelda Symphony Brings Gamers to DPAC

“Din… With her strong flaming arms, cultivated the land and created the red earth… Farore… With her rich soul, produced all life forms who would uphold the law… Nayru… Poured out her wisdom onto the land, and gave it the spirit of law… The Great Deku Tree, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Nintendo… Read More ›

Garðar Thór Cortes and Meghan Picerno star as The Phantom and Christine Daaé in the U.S. Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, now playing at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

On Opening Night at DPAC, Love Never Dies Started Late, But Proved Well Worth the Wait

Last night was opening night for Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, which will run for seven more performances at the Durham Performing Arts Center before closing Sunday evening. There was a full house at DPAC for this sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; but the inaugural performance of Love Never… Read More ›

Meghan Picerno and Garðar Thór Cortes star as Christine Daaé and The Phantom in the U.S. Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, now playing at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

The Phantom Returns in Love Never Dies at DPAC, Just in Time for Halloween

The inaugural U.S. Tour of Love Never Dies: The Phantom Returns, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling 2010 non-sequel sequel to his humongous 1986 West End and 1988 Broadway mega-hit musical The Phantom of the Opera, will arrive at the Durham Performing Arts Center just in time for Halloween — and run for eight performances through Nov…. Read More ›

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present So You Think You Can Dance, featuring Season 14 Top Ten Finalists Robert Green, Logan Hernandez, Lex Ishimoto, Koine Iwasaki, Dassy Lee, Kaylee Millis, KiKi Nyemchek, Taylor Sieve, Sydney Tormey, and Mark Villaver and Season 14 All-Stars Jasmine Harper and Marko Germar

The So You Think You Can Dance Tour on Oct. 25th at DPAC Had Something for Everyone

On Wednesday, Oct. 25th, the touring group from Season 14 of Fox’s hit television show So You Think You Can Dance spun and leapt its way onto the Durham Performing Arts Center stage. So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2017 is high-energy production that showcases a very talented cast of dancers whose stellar moves… Read More ›

Diana Huey will play the title role of Ariel the mermaid Disney's The Little Mermaid on Oct. 17-22 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Family-Friendly Fun and Magic Abound at DPAC’s Production of The Little Mermaid

Ever since the 1989 Disney film The Little Mermaid debuted, Ariel and Prince Eric have been household names. Now, at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), under the majestic direction of Glenn Casale, these instantly-recognizable characters are coming to life on the theatrical stage in a beautiful musical by the same name. And, while the… Read More ›

Diana Huey and Melvin Abston star as Ariel and Sebastian the crab (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

The Little Mermaid at DPAC Is Fun, Silly, Action-Packed, and Special Effects-Driven, But Shallow

The Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight co-production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, now playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved story, “The Little Mermaid,” which was published in 1837. That fairytale/morality tale is as dark and damp as a Copenhagen winter: eternal damnation, unyielding pain, betrayal, blood,… Read More ›

Diana Huey stars as Ariel the mermaid in Disney's The Little Mermaid (photo by Mark & Tracy Photography)

Revamped Disney’s The Little Mermaid Will Make a Big Splash on Oct. 17-22 at DPAC

To kick off its spectacular 2017-18 “Ten Great Years” SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present nine performances of the sensational national tour of the revamped 2012 version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, co-produced by Pittsburgh CLO and Kansas City Starlight and directed by Glenn Casale, who revamped the 2008 Broadway musical… Read More ›

AEG Presents brought the Jim Jefferies Live: The Unusual Punishment Tour to DPAC at 8 p.m. Oct. 14th

On His New Tour, Jim Jefferies Gave America Some Tough Love on Oct. 14th at DPAC

Jim Jefferies Live: The Unusual Punishment Tour, which played the Durham Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14th, showcases the comedy of Australian stand-up comic Jim Jefferies, who created and stars in the FX sitcom Legit and the new Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central. Comic Forrest Shaw was also on board… Read More ›

Queenie and Peanut, two lifesize elephant puppets created by Significant Object, are a main attraction for Circus 1903

Ooh and Aah and Laugh Like You’re a Kid Again at Circus 1903 at DPAC Through Sunday

One of my favorite childhood memories is when the circus came to the small Kansas town where I grew up. They showed up out of nowhere; and within an hour, every kid in the neighborhood was transfixed, watching strangers create a colorful city on what had been an empty field. By sunset, the air was… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will kick off its 2017-18 SunTrust Broadway Series Circus 1903 on Sept. 26-Oct. 1

Circus 1903 Offers Fun for the Whole Family

Most people have been to the circus. But, no one alive today has been to the type of circuses held in 1903…until now. Onstage at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), presented by MagicSpace Entertainment, is a new kind of show, one aptly called Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus. And, while Circus 1903 might not be… Read More ›

Circus 1903 features mother and baby elephant puppets, created by Significant Object (photo by Martin Olmann)

Circus 1903 Will Recreate Acts from the Golden Age of Circus on Sept. 26-Oct. 1 at DPAC

To kick off its stellar 2017-18 SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center invites Triangle theatergoers to step right up and enjoy the thrills and chills — under the Big Top — of eight performances of Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus on Sept. 26-Oct. 1. This captivating recreation of an old-timey, turn-of-the-century… Read More ›

Motown Is an Entertaining and Important Musical

Anyone who loves music and a good time is sure to love Motown: the Musical, onstage now at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). This fast-paced show goes through many classic songs that were made possible by the famed Motown record label. Songs by some of the biggest names from the 60s to the 80s… Read More ›

The new national tour of Motown the Musical stars (from left) Gabriella Whiting as Florence Ballard, Allison Semmes as Diana Ross, and Tavia Riveé as Mary Wilson (2017 photo © by Joan Marcus)

On Aug. 1-6, Motown the Musical Will Return to Dazzle, Delight, and Intrigue DPAC Patrons

The high-octane new national tour of Motown the Musical will roar into the Durham Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, Aug. 1st, just in time to remind a lot of Baby Boomers how many Golden Oldies of the soundtrack of their formative years bore the Motown Records label. The First National Tour of this Tony Award®-nominated… Read More ›

The ADF brought Pilobolus back to DPAC on June 30th and July 1st (photo by Robert Whitman)

Pilobolus’ Diverse ADF 2017 Program Featured Something for Everyone June 30th and July 1st

This summer marks the 84th season of the American Dance Festival. World-renowned American modern company Pilobolus has been visiting Durham since the festival moved here 40 years ago. Founded by non-dancers at Dartmouth College in 1971, Pilobolus adds about two pieces per year to their 120+ piece touring repertoire. They have performed on the Academy… Read More ›

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly star as The King and Anna Leonowens (photo by Matthew Murphy)

DPAC’s The King and I Is a True Classic

Set in the 1860s in Siam, the classic Rogers and Hammerstein’s musical  The King and I recently hit the stage  at DPAC under the direction of Bartlett Sher. The musical, based on the novel Anna and the King of Siam, tells the story of Anna (Laura Michelle Kelly), a widowed woman who has been brought… Read More ›

Jose Llana and Laura Michelle Kelly star as The King and Anna Leonowens (photo by Matthew Murphy)

The Tony Award®-Winning 2015 Broadway Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I Will Play DPAC June 6-11

For the final production of its critically acclaimed 2016-17 “Dream Big” SunTrust Broadway Series, the Durham Performing Arts Center is presenting eight performances of the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award®-winning 2015 Broadway Revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I, directed by Bartlett Sher and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, based… Read More ›

Christine Dwyer stars as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

DPAC’s Finding Neverland Is Inspiring and Powerful

Finding Neverland, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Diane Paulus, is a story about the power and beauty of the imagination. It’s also, of course, the life story of writer J.M. Barrie and the things that inspired his famous Peter Pan story. It’s fitting, then, that the show would open with all of… Read More ›

Christine Dwyer and Billy Harrigan Tighe star as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies and J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Peter Pan Flies High in Finding Neverland May 23-28 at the Durham Performing Arts Center

Few stories are more iconic in literature than Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie’s tales about Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. And even less common are interesting tales about the inspiration behind the stories that become the archetypes that everyone recognizes. With Finding Neverland, now playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center, we are… Read More ›

On May 23-28 at DPAC, Finding Neverland will dramatize how J.M. Barrie (played by Billy Harrigan Tighe, center) came to write Peter Pan; or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

On May 23-28, Finding Neverland Will Show DPAC Audiences How Peter Became the Pan

The penultimate show of the Durham Performing Arts Center’s critically acclaimed 2016-17 “Dream Big” SunTrust Broadway Series is the First National Tour of the crowd-pleasing 2015 Broadway and 2017 West End musical Finding Neverland, produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment and NETworks Presentations, directed by Diane Paulus, and choreographed by Mia Michaels. Finding Neverland, which won… Read More ›

Eddie George is shown here with Angel Reda (left) and Jennifer Dunne (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Chicago Razzle-Dazzles DPAC Again May 12-14!

No matter how many times you hear the familiar “Razzle Dazzle” or see the iconic Bob Fosse “jazz hands,” you can never get enough of Chicago, now playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center. There’s a reason why this 1920s jail-house musical is the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It’s delicious. It’s decadent…. Read More ›

Eddie George, shown here with the Ladies Ensemble, stars as Billy Flynn (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Eddie George Will Star as Defense Attorney Billy Flynn in Chicago on May 12-14 at DPAC

Football great Eddie George will star as ultra-slick and completely unscrupulous criminal defense attorney Billy Flynn in the razzle-dazzling U.S. Tour of Chicago that will put the roar back in the Roaring Twenties for five divinely decadent performances on May 12-14 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 43-year-old Philadelphia, PA native previously played Flynn… Read More ›

The farewell tour of Mamma Mia!, now playing at DPAC, stars (center, from left) Cashelle Butler as Tanya, Betsy Padamonsky as Donna, and Sarah Smith as Rosie (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Can’t Stand Another Day of the News? "Take a Chance" on Mamma Mia! at DPAC

Mamma Mia!, running May 5-7 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, might just be the antidote for the poison of our currently reality. Its earwig ABBA songbook harkens back to a time when ridiculous hair and neon orange were just harmless fashion trends; and if love wasn’t exactly free, it was still very reasonable. The… Read More ›

Triangle theatergoers will have the time of their lives at Mamma Mia! (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Here We Go Again … The Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour Will Play Five Shows at DPAC on May 5-7

“Mamma mia, here [we] go again/My my, how can [we] resist you?” The North American “farewell tour” of the global musical sensation Mamma Mia! is returning to the Durham Performing Arts Center for five high-octane performances on May 5-7. This 1999 West End and 2001 Broadway mega-hit, which features a book by Catherine Johnson and… Read More ›

The North American farewell tour of Mamma Mia! stars (from left) Cashelle Butler as Tanya, Betsy Padamonsky as Donna, and Sarah Smith as Rosie (photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Mamma Mia! Hits the DPAC Stage on Friday, May 5th

  Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical, opens Friday, May 5 at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). The musical, based on the songs of ABBA and followed by a hit film of the same name in 2008, is much-loved, making this event a super-exciting happening for fans of the franchise. We were lucky enough to… Read More ›

Sassy Alan Cumming Brings Sappy Tunes to Bull City

Read Dustin K. Britt’s preview of Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs. Backstage at Studio 54, after a performance of the 2014 revival of Cabaret (his second time in the role) lead actor Alan Cumming is hosting a miniature party. A neon sign identifies his dressing room as “Club Cumming.” Celebrities and close friends sneak backstage… Read More ›

Alan Cumming Will Sing Sappy Songs at DPAC on Thursday, April 27

Did you ever ask a kid what they wanted to be when they grew up? You probably got one or two answers. A young Alan Cumming must have had about a dozen. You likely know him from one of two places: CBS’s The Good Wife or the 1998 Broadway revival of the musical sensation Cabaret…. Read More ›

Celtic Woman Might Be a Bit Too Perfect

Fresh off their recent Grammy nomination, a new iteration of Celtic Woman brought their Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 23rd. Celtic Woman (“woman” singular) features three uniquely gifted vocalists — Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, and Éabha McMahon — and violinist/harpist Tara McNeill. McFadden brings the… Read More ›

Jasmin Richardson (left) and Deborah Cox star as Nicki and Rachel Marron (photo © Joan Marcus)

The Bodyguard Entertains at DPAC

For many people, The Bodyguard is considered an iconic film, one that holds its value and appeal despite the many years since its release. This was made evident by the large and enthusiastic crowd present at DPAC’s presentation of The Bodyguard: The Musical, adapted from the original screenplay by Alexander Dinelaris and under the direction… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present The Bodyguard, starring Deborah Cox, on March 14-19 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series

Grammy®-Nominated R&B Singer Deborah Cox Stars in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at DPAC

Grammy®-nominated Canadian R&B/pop singer/songwriter Deborah Cox will star as Academy Award®-nominated superstar pop singer Rachel Marron — the Whitney Houston role in the Oscar®-nominated 1992 Warner Bros. film — in The Bodyguard on March 14-19 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The 2016-17 U.S. National Tour of the 2012 West End hit musical will be… Read More ›

Gene Gillette and Lane at the Stage Door (photo by Dustin K. Britt)

Curious Incident… Actor Gene Gillette Takes a Unique Kid on a Backstage Tour of DPAC

My review, Autism Takes Center Stage at DPAC in an Ingenious Adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, highlighted the experience of one of my students (who I’m calling “Lane”) after seeing the production on its opening night, Feb. 21st, at the Durham Performing Arts Center’s. Lane is often hesitant to… Read More ›