Rent Rocks DPAC Once Again Jan. 28-Feb. 2!

The 20th anniversary tour of Rent, the 1996 Off-Broadway and Broadway and 1998 West End rock opera that changed the face of musicals in general, is back at the Durham Performing Arts Center by popular demand; and the audience couldn’t be happier. With an energetic cast and recognizable music, such as “Seasons of Love,” this… Continue reading Rent Rocks DPAC Once Again Jan. 28-Feb. 2!

Come from Away at DPAC Salutes Unsung Canadian Heroes Who Hosted Travelers Stranded After September 11, 2001

DPAC will present Come from Away as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series (photo by Matthew Murphy)

September 11, 2001 was a day of great trauma and tremendous loss. We all lived through the devastation wreaked by the terror attacks, and it is easy to focus on the horror of it all. However, from this great tragedy came stories of great beauty: people such as the New York firefighters, who selflessly stormed… Continue reading Come from Away at DPAC Salutes Unsung Canadian Heroes Who Hosted Travelers Stranded After September 11, 2001

DPAC’s Production of Come from Away Hits All the Right Emotional Notes

DPAC will present Come from Away on Jan. 14-19 as part of its SunTrust Broadway Series (photo by Matthew Murphy)

There’s a famous song about the events of September 11, 2001, one that asks, “Where were you when the world stopped turning?” As it turns out, some people were up in the air and, when air travel was stopped, about 7,000 of them found themselves stranded in the tiny town of Gander in Newfoundland. Come… Continue reading DPAC’s Production of Come from Away Hits All the Right Emotional Notes

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