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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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Hannah Corneau (left) and Euan Morton star as Yitzhak and Hedwig at DPAC (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hannah Corneau’s Yitzhak Steps Out of the Shadows, and Steals the Show in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at DPAC

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series, tackles controversial issues with an unapologetic rawness and flamboyant flair! In the aftermath of North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2 bathroom bill and the Trump Administration’s recent Muslim travel ban and threats… Read More ›

Euan Morton (front center) stars as as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch Is a Delightful, Raunchy Rock-Romp

Raunchy rock and roll show meets Broadway musical in DPAC’s presentation of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, onstage now under the direction Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer . For those not familiar with this totally original, totally fun musical, it chronicles rockstar Hedwig Robinson, played to sleazy, hilarious perfection by… Read More ›

Euan Morton stars as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (photo by Joan Marcus)

HB2 Be Damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch Will Raise Eyebrows at DPAC Jan. 31-Feb. 5

House Bill 2 be damned: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask and librettist and star John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending, 90-minute 1998 Off-Broadway, 2000 West End, and 2014 Broadway concert musical about the travails of a brassy transsexual East German-American punk-rock singer recovering from a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, will definitely raise… Read More ›

The Fun Home cast includes (from left) Lennon Nate Hammond as John, Pierson Salvador as Christian, Karen Eilbacher as Joan, Abby Corrigan as Middle Alison, Kate Shindle as Alison, Robert Petkoff as Bruce, Susan Moniz as Helen, Alessandra Baldacchino as Small Alison, and Robert Hager as Roy/Mark/Pete/Bobby Jeremy (photo by Joan Marcus)

Abby Corrigan and a Superb Cast Make Fun Home a Stellar Show, with Crisp Music and a Terrific Set

The Durham Performing Arts Center’s presentation of Fun Home might be subtitled “How a Lesbian Cartoonist Revisits Her Youth in Order to Understand Herself, Her Childhood, and Her Conflicted (and Closeted) Father.” But don’t worry. We haven’t even given you any spoilers, because this is the setup from the start of the show. And what… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

Fun Home at DPAC Is a Complex and Deeply Moving Coming-of-Age Story

Right now, lighthearted musicals and theatrical adaptations of classic films are en vogue. As such, it is becoming more and more rare to see theatre that truly and unabashedly tackles the tougher stuff that life is made of, but Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, onstage now at DPAC and adapted from Alison Bechdel’s powerful graphic novel,… Read More ›

Robert Petkoff and Kate Shindle star as Bruce and Alison Bechdel (photo by Joan Marcus)

2015 Best Musical Tony® Winner Fun Home Is Drawn from Life: Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist Alison Bechdel’s Life

2015 Best Musical Tony Award® winner Fun Home, which opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday, is Drawn from Life: Beech Creek, PA-born lesbian cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel’s life growing up in Clinton County, Pennsylvania, with a father who was a third-generation mortician, taught high-school… Read More ›

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Rent, Jonathan Larson's brilliant reimagining of Puccini's La Bohème, on Oct. 11-16

The Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour at DPAC Proves This Powerful Show Has Still Got It…

Since its humble, off-Broadway beginnings 20 years ago, the beloved musical, Rent, with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, has only grown in popularity. It is fitting, then, that the 20th Anniversary Tour, gracing the stage now at DPAC, would bring this story to life for both new and long-time fans alike in a… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Music Supervisor Tim Weil Looks Back on Two Decades with the Iconic 1996 Rock Opera

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of our preview of Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour, published on Tuesday, Oct. 11th, is a general introduction to the show: http://triangleartsandentertainment.org/2016/10/tony-award-and-pulitzer-prize-winning-rock-opera-rent-will-rock-durham-on-oct-11-16/. Part 2, published below, is a wide-ranging interview with the show’s long-time musical supervisor, Tim Weil, who has worked on this rock opera from the very beginning. — RWM “I’m… Read More ›

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour will rock the Durham Performing Arts Center (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Rent Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary and Still Rocks DPAC Like It’s 1996!

In the world of rock operas, 20 years (two decades) can knock the relevance out of a story line, but Jonathan Larson’s Rent is as fresh and relevant on its 20th Anniversary Tour, now in residence at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as it was when it first delighted Broadway’s hip audiences. Tuesday’s opening-night performance… Read More ›

If/Then Sings, Dances, and Touches Your Heart at the Durham Performing Arts Center May 26-29

Sometimes in Broadway legend, the understudy takes over for the star and becomes a star on her/his own. In the case of the hit show, If/Then, playing tonight through Sunday evening at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the understudy (Jackie Burns, who stars as Elizabeth) has taken the show on the road; and in a… Read More ›

DPAC’s If/Then Is Fresh, Fun, and Fabulous

If/Then, onstage now at DPAC under the direction of Michael Greif is a relatively new musical that packs a modern, fun, and totally unique punch. It tells the story of Elizabeth (Jackie Burns), a recently divorced woman who is self-admittedly “flirting with forty” and decides to shake things up by relocating to New York City…. Read More ›

The First National Tour of If/Then, playing May 25-29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, stars (from center) Tamyra Gray, Jackie Burns (white dress), and Matthew Hydzik, plus Anthony Rapp (far right) and English Bernhardt (fourth from right) (photo by Joan Marcus)

On May 24-29 at DPAC, Raleigh’s English Bernhardt Will Join Two Veterans of If/Then on Broadway

Raleigh’s own English Bernhardt will join Jackie Burns and Anthony Rapp, two original Broadway cast members of If/Then, on May 24-29 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series. Burns, who was a standby for 2014 Tony Award® nominee Idina Menzel — who won the 2004 Tony for Best Actress… Read More ›

Caitlin Ehlinger (center) stars as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (photo by Chris Bennion)

42nd Street at DPAC Enthralls with Its Massive Musical Numbers

First premiering in 1980, 42nd Street, a larger-than-life musical written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, is now deemed a classic, and judging by DPAC’s presentation, directed by Bramble, it’s easy to see why. The fabulous, iconic musical numbers, the glittering costumes, the phenomenal set, and of course, the impressive choreography, featuring new additions by… Read More ›

Caitlin Ehlinger (center) sparkles as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (photo by Chris Bennion)

42nd Street at DPAC Sparkles Like a 10-Carat Diamond!

Everyone loves a rags-to-riches story. When that story is 42nd Street: The Song-and-Dance Fable of Broadway, a tale of the lights of Broadway coming to light again after the worst depression this country has ever experienced, it earns the reputation of quintessential heartwarming musical. It also earned two 1981 Tony Awards® — for Best Musical… Read More ›

Caitlin Ehlinger (center) stars as Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (photo by Chris Bennion)

42nd Street: The Song-and-Dance Fable of Broadway Will Play at Durham Performing Arts Center May 3-8

Troika Entertainment’s 2015-16 Non-Equity National Tour of 1981 Best Musical Tony Award® winner and the ultimate backstage musical, 42nd Street: The Song-and-Dance Fable of Broadway, will roar into the Durham Performing Arts Center tonight for the first of eight exuberant performances, presented as part of DPAC‘s SunTrust Broadway Series. Originally directed and choreographed by the… Read More ›

Cabaret at DPAC Puts a New and Wonderful Spin on a Classic

Cabaret, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, and currently onstage at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) under the magical direction of BT McNicholl, is a super-fun, super-funny, high-energy production that begs to be seen.

This well-loved and often-bawdy musical focuses on The Kit Kat Club, a seedy establishment, and a young writer, Clifford Bradshaw (Lee Aaron Rosen) who visits it and subsequently falls in love with Sally Bowles (Andrea Gross), a somewhat wayward singer.

Randy Harrison stars as the Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2016 tour (photo by Joan Marcus)

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Production of Cabaret at DPAC Is Dark, Moving, and Provocative

Randy Harrison stars as the Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2016 National Tour of Cabaret cast (photo by Joan Marcus)

On April 19-24, DPAC Will Host a Decidedly Darker Version of the Divinely Decadent Musical, Cabaret

Announcing SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2016-17 Season

Direct from New York, Nederlander Presents SUNTRUST BROADWAY AT DPAC, 2016-17 SEASON It’s Our “DREAM BIG” Season! Durham, N.C. – It’s our “DREAM BIG” Season! Direct from New York, Nederlander presents SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2016-17 Season. We’ve titled our ninth season as the “DREAM BIG” season as seven of our eight shows are currently… Read More ›

Big, Bold, and Truly Magical, The Illusionists Will Delight DPAC Patrons Through Nov. 15th

In true Las Vegas, big-show-on-Broadway, style, The Illusionists: Live from Broadway stormed onto the Durham Performing Arts Center stage on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, with glitz and glamour, comedy and drama, and jaw-dropping effects that brought gasps from the audience. For nine performances from Nov. 10th to 15th, these multitalented magicians will thrill Triangle audiences with… Read More ›