Cameron Mackintosh’s Heartbreaking Epic Les Mis Once Again Wows DPAC Crowds

Nick Cartell as Jean Valjean sings "Bring Him Home" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Even if you’ve seen Les Misérables hundreds of times, it’s always a joy when the production is a great one — and the one playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday, March 15th, is one of the best! With soaring voices, incredible sets, and dramatic lighting, NETworks Presentations LLC’s new national tour of… Continue reading Cameron Mackintosh’s Heartbreaking Epic Les Mis Once Again Wows DPAC Crowds

DPAC’s Les Misérables Is as Powerful and Profound as Ever

The cast of the new national tour of Les Misérables sings "One Day More" (photo by Matthew Murphy)

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel of the same name, Les Misérables, has long been a Broadway favorite, making it a perfect fit for Durham Performing Arts Center’s “Magic of Broadway” season. The story, of course, begins with Jean Valjean (Patrick Dunn), a French peasant and former criminal who has served 19 years in jail. After… Continue reading DPAC’s Les Misérables Is as Powerful and Profound as Ever

Cats Purrs, Meows, Growls, and ROARS at DPAC

The North American Tour of Cats plays DPAC on June 4-9 (2019 photo by Matthew Murphy)

From the moment the Cats of various London neighborhoods, their eyes eerily glowing, begin to gather on the Durham Performing Arts Center’s junk-yard/stage by crawling through the darkened audience, we are admitted to their mysterious lives. But, as they quickly reveal, we’ll never know everything there is to know about the world of cats. Perhaps,… Continue reading Cats Purrs, Meows, Growls, and ROARS at DPAC

DPAC’s Cats Is Poetry in Motion

The North American Tour of Cats plays DPAC on June 4-9 (2019 photo by Matthew Murphy)

Based on a T.S. Eliot work with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats has been a theatre favorite since its 1981 opening. And, judging by DPAC’s revival-production, under the direction of Trevor Nunn, it’s easy to see why the show is such a hit. Filled with incredible movement and eye-catching costumes, the production is absolutely… Continue reading DPAC’s Cats Is Poetry in Motion

Les Misérables at DPAC Will Breathe New, Glorious Life into Victor Hugo’s Larger-Than-Life Characters

During the Paris Uprising of 1832, Phoenix Best (center) as Éponine and Matt Shingledecker and Joshua Grosso as student revolutionaries Enjolras and Marius sing "One Day More" as they prepare to man the barricades (photo by Matthew Murphy)

On Jan. 30-Feb. 4, the Durham Performing Arts Center will present eight heart-tugging performances of the North American Tour of the brilliantly reimagined 2014 Broadway Revival of Les Misérables, sans its trademark turntable set but replete with a host of unforgettable characters from French novelist, poet, and dramatist Victor Hugo’s epic 1862 historical novel and… Continue reading Les Misérables at DPAC Will Breathe New, Glorious Life into Victor Hugo’s Larger-Than-Life Characters