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The First National Tour of School of Rock: The Musical, playing now through Sunday at DPAC, stars Rob Colletti (center) as overweight, immature, wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (photo © Matthew Murphy)

School of Rock: The Musical Serves Up Songs and Laughter at DPAC

Popular movies being turned into musicals is all the rage in the theatre world these days. It seems no film is “safe” from being adapted into a musical. In fact, adaptation is exactly what happened with School of Rock The Musical, onstage now at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) under the direction of Laurence Connor…. Read More ›

Rob Colletti (left) and Phoenix Schuman star in School of Rock (photo © Matthew Murphy)

The Kids Are the Stars in the School of Rock at DPAC

When the voice of legendary British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the audience at the Durham Performing Arts Center that, “Yes, the kids definitely do play their own instruments,” people laugh appreciatively; but the last laugh is on them. Webber’s comment is the most understated moment of the evening; and by the end of the… Read More ›

DPAC’s “Phantom” Proves Some Stories Are Better Left Unchanged

DPAC’s all new (but not too-new) production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” is quite the exciting experience. It takes some of the play’s most iconic scenes- the chandelier that crashes to the ground and the gondola ride that takes Christine (Julia Udine) down into the phantom’s lair and puts a whole… Read More ›

Cameron Mackintosh’s New Production of “Phantom of the Opera” Thrills at DPAC Through Oct. 19th

The dramatic story of the disfigured music master and his talented and beautiful protégé is one of the most recognized of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpieces, and many would believe that the dramatic tale could not be improved. They are wrong. Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera is truly the “glorious… Read More ›

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine portray The Phantom and his protégé, Christine Daaé, in the 2014 North American Tour of "The Phantom of the Opera" (photo Matthew Murphy)

Reimagined Version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” Will Haunt DPAC on Oct. 8-19

A boldly reimagined version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 West End and 1988 Broadway backstage musical, The Phantom of the Opera, will haunt the Durham Performing Arts Center, in the American Tobacco District, on Oct. 8-12 and 14-19. 2014 North American Tour director Laurence Connor and his creative team have “refreshed” the longest-running show in… Read More ›