The Voices! The Moves! The Harmonies! Ain’t Too Proud at Durham Performing Arts Center Has It All!

Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations stars have included (left to right) Derrick Baskin, Jelani Remy, Jawan M. Jackson, Ephraim Sykes, and James Harkness (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Do you like tight, harmonizing vocals? Do you like crisp, sizzling, synchronized dance moves? Are you interested in learning the story of a vocal group and its members (and how they fit into American cultural history)? Perhaps, you like a blend of engaging narration and flawless acting. If any of these are your “cup of… Continue reading The Voices! The Moves! The Harmonies! Ain’t Too Proud at Durham Performing Arts Center Has It All!

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Brings the Ultimate Disco Dance Party to DPAC

Dan'yelle Williamson (center) stars as Diva Donna in Summer (photos © Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade)

If you’re looking for an upbeat, danceable production to enjoy during these dark February nights, the Durham Performing Arts Center has a prescription for you: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, presented as part of DPAC‘s WRAL Greatest Hits of Broadway Series. No, it’s not June-July-August-Summer, but Donna Summer, who carved a lane for herself in… Continue reading Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Brings the Ultimate Disco Dance Party to DPAC

DPAC’s Production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Entertains and Empowers

Alex Hairston stars as Disco Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Whether you’re a big fan of musical legend Donna Summer or just have a passing interest in her life, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center under the direction of Des McAnuff, is a fun, intriguing look at all parts of this celebrated artist. It explores her as a child,… Continue reading DPAC’s Production of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Entertains and Empowers

A Bronx Tale at DPAC Is Fast and Fun

Jeff Brooks (left) and Trey Murphy star as Sonny and Young C in A Bronx Tale (photo by Joan Marcus)

When the curtain rises on A Bronx Tale: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center, it’s the 1960s; and we are on Belmont Avenue in an Italian-American neighborhood of the Bronx. It’s a world in which a gang leader praises Machiavelli and extols the virtues of instilling fear, rather than earning love. “Being a… Continue reading A Bronx Tale at DPAC Is Fast and Fun

A Bronx Tale Dazzles at DPAC

Alec Nevin (left) and Trey Murphy star as Calogero and Young C (photo by Joan Marcus)

Based on both the 1993 film of the same name that marked Robert DeNiro’s directorial debut and the one-man show that inspired it all, DPAC’s production of A Bronx Tale effectively brings to life a story that is at times frightening, often touching, and above all, incredibly honest and real. The show opens with its… Continue reading A Bronx Tale Dazzles at DPAC