Comedic Gender-Bending Tootsie, Now Playing at DPAC, Is Fresh, Fun, and Entertaining

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present the national tour of the 2018 Tony Award® winner, Tootsie: The Comedy Musical, on Oct. 19-24, as part of Truist Broadway at DPAC

The national tour of Tootsie: The Comedy Musical, a crisply updated version of the Academy Award®winning 1982 film, arrived at the Durham Performing Arts Center last night for eight fresh, fun, and entertaining performances. If the audience reaction is any indication, it might be a highlight of the 2021-22 Truist Broadway at DPAC season. Like… Continue reading Comedic Gender-Bending Tootsie, Now Playing at DPAC, Is Fresh, Fun, and Entertaining

DPAC Delivers a Surprisingly Thoughtful Production of Tootsie

Back in 1982, Dustin Hoffman made viewers laugh in the film Tootsie, about a difficult actor who dresses as a woman to land work. Today, Robert Horn (book) and David Yazbek (music and lyrics) have teamed up to bring the story to musical life with a show by the same name. Featuring the charming Drew… Continue reading DPAC Delivers a Surprisingly Thoughtful Production of Tootsie

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles Takes DPAC Patrons on a Well-Produced Tour of 1960’s Fab Four Hits

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles: The Best of Abbey Road, Performed Live at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16th (photo by Matt Christine Photography)

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles: The Best of Abbey Road, Performed Live, a concert in the form of a show, at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles, presented as part of WRAL Greatest Hits of Broadway at DPAC, takes the DPACContinue reading Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles Takes DPAC Patrons on a Well-Produced Tour of 1960’s Fab Four Hits

The National Tour of The Band’s Visit at DPAC on Oct. 5-10 Is a Unique Theatrical Experience, with a Rich Blend of Music and Humor

The Durham Performing Arts Center will host the national tour of The Band's Visit on Oct. 5-10 (photo by Matthew Murphy)

If you are looking for a predictable, formulaic piece of musical theater, do not read this review! If, on the other hand, you are ready for a unique theatrical experience that serves up a rich blend of music and humor, that affords glimpses of warm human interaction and insights into universal human truths, come on… Continue reading The National Tour of The Band’s Visit at DPAC on Oct. 5-10 Is a Unique Theatrical Experience, with a Rich Blend of Music and Humor

Stomp at DPAC This Weekend Is an Audio and Visual Feast, Laced with Character and Humor

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present Stomp, the 1991 West End and 1994 Off-Broadway percussion sensation created by Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell, at 1 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5th (photo © Steve McNicholas)

In November of 1998, an episode of the TV show Mad About You included an appearance of that era’s cast of Stomp. A conversation between Paul and Jamie Buchman (Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt) is interrupted by the sound of percussion in the apartment above them, and a discussion ensues: Paul: What the hell is… Continue reading Stomp at DPAC This Weekend Is an Audio and Visual Feast, Laced with Character and Humor