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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 ›

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 ›

"Disney's The Little Mermaid" stars (from left) Matt Allen as Scuttle, Jessica Grové as Ariel, and Joseph Gaitens as Flounder (photo by Curtis Brown Photography)

NCT’s “The Little Mermaid” Is an Easy Crowd Pleaser … But Not Much Else

Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid easily became an instant classic when it was released. So, it’s no wonder that its Broadway incarnation has been equally successful. North Carolina Theatre’s stage version, directed by Jennifer Werner and starring the adorable Jessica Grové in the title role, is no exception. The story takes all of the… Read More ›

Jessica Grové Will Star as Ariel in “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” for NCT on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh

The North Carolina Theatre will present the Triangle premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starring 32-year-old Hilliard, OH-born Broadway actress and singer Jessica Grové as Ariel, on July 29-Aug. 3 in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The Little Mermaid is the final homegrown Broadway musical production of the… Read More ›

Ta'Rea Campbell (center right) stars as fugitive nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence, in "Sister Act" at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

“Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy” Will Raise the Roof at DPAC Through Sunday, May 19th

You don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy, playing now through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center, but it does heighten the hilarity of this laugh-out-loud Broadway musical version of the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg as a nightclub singer who witnesses a murder and is sent to… Read More ›

“Sister Act” Makes a Flawless Transition from Film to Stage in DPAC’s Charming Production

Just about every 90s kid (and adult) has seen the 1992 fish-out-of-water comedy “Sister Act” starring Whoopi Goldberg. Unfortunately, not everyone has had the incredibly fun experience of seeing the film brought to bigger and better life in its stage version as adapted by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner and playing now at DPAC. Embarking… Read More ›

Ta'Rea Campbell (center) stars as fugitive nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier, a.k.a. Sister Mary Clarence, in "Sister Act" at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

Unlike the 1992 Film, “Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy” Is Set in Philadelphia in the 1970s

The Durham Performing Arts Center will welcome the first U.S. national tour of Sister Act: A Divine Musical Comedy, to its 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater in the American Tobacco District for eight performances, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14th, and running through 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th. The 2011 Broadway musical is based… Read More ›