Monday, May 9, 2011

DPAC Off To A Strong Start in 2011

With over 750,000 guests in attendance since opening, DPAC – the Durham Performing Arts Center has confirmed a spot with Triangle audiences as favorite venue for live entertainment. Package that with almost 50 sellouts in 2011 and DPAC is on pace for another record breaking year and was just ranked as the #2 theater in the US in Pollstar magazine’s attendance ranking for the 1st quarter of 2011.  

DPAC kicked off the New Year and the SunTrust Broadway Series on January 4th with Disney’s blockbuster The Lion King and received acclaim from fans and critics alike. Hosting 32 sellout performances and over 81,000 guests, The Lion King is the highest-grossing return engagement of a Broadway show ever to play in the Triangle. 

Since the beginning of the year and the fantastic run of The Lion King, DPAC has been adding events at breakneck speed.

 “We’re thrilled to be regularly ranking among the top ten theaters in the US,” said Bob Klaus, GM of DPAC.  “The success of a month long engagement of Lion King sellouts definitely drove us to this #2 spot for the first quarter of 2011. Frankly it will be tough to stay with a ranking that high all year, but the better gauge of success for us is really how happy we leave our guests.  When asked how likely is it that you would recommend attending a future event at DPAC to a friend, family member or co-worker 97.7% indicate they would be “Very Likely” or “Extremely Likely” to recommend DPAC. Whether it’s our great shows, red carpet customer service, the fantastic views of the stage or world-class acoustics-audiences from throughout the Triangle and beyond have found a connection with the superstar events that call DPAC home.” 

Laughter and comedy reigned supreme at DPAC since January with comedians Ricky Smiley, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan, Wanda Sykes and Carol Burnett all sharing their own brand of humor and selling out their performances.  Blue Man Group also left their fans gasping for air with their side splitting, high energy artful commentary on our modern human/digital existence.

Concerts were also heavy hitters as Motown greats The Temptations and the Four Tops reminded us why they have been around for half a century.   Americana singer- songwriter John Mellencamp delighted fans with his hard rocking performance singing old favorites and new tunes.  Neo-soul artist, Erykah Badu brought it to the next level delighting fans with her grooves.  Diva Diana Ross showed fans why she is a legendary artist, belting out her old standards and encouraging everyone to sing along to her greatest hits.  A multigenerational audience shared memories old and new, and everyone left wanting more.

One of history’s greatest progressive rock bands, Yes performed from their vast catalog of hits.  World Music Award winning Yanni delivered a concert that gave fans what they have been waiting for.   R&B phenom KEM gave a performance that was an unrivaled night for music lovers. Legendary rocker Neil Young brought his one man show to very appreciative fans.  Truly a little something for everyone.

“2011 has been a busy year, even our return engagement performers such as The Temptations/Four Tops, Brian Regan and Kem have seen their numbers grow over their last performance,” said Rachel Gragg, Director of PR and Concert Marketing.  “It is our amazing Broadway lineup and shows like these that have helped DPAC receive the laurels that we have. ”
                Sold Out Performances for 2011: (as of 04.28.11)
  • Disney’s The Lion King  (32 Shows)- January 4-30, 2011
  • The Temptations & The Four Tops- February 9, 2011
  • Ricky Smiley with J. Anthony Brown- February 11, 2011
  • Jerry Seinfeld (2 Shows)- February 12, 2011
  • Brian Regan- March 3, 2011
  • Erykah Badu- March 4, 2011
  • Diana Ross- March 11, 2011
  • Blue Man Group (7 shows)- March 15-20, 2011
  • Wanda Sykes- March 22, 2011
  • An Evening of Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett- April 2, 2011
  • KEM- April 14, 2011
  • Neil Young- April 15, 2011
DPAC's upcoming lineup includes a Once in a Lifetime Event with Al Pacino (May 20) and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers (May 21). For more information about these and all DPAC shows please visit

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