Monday, July 23, 2012

DPAC Celebrates a Season to Remember

Statistics help tell stories.  When they're strong, they can really drive a point home.  If the point being made is that DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center is awesome, then the following should be considered a large hammer, swung swiftly and precisely on the head of that idea.

Today the theater announced key attendance statistics for their just completed fourth season.  DPAC's 2011 / 2012 Season featured 200 performances which drew 417,180 guests and saw 67 total sellouts. Heading the list of the highest attended shows were the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (38 performances at DPAC) and Wicked (32 performances at DPAC).

"It all starts with great shows, and for us to have two big multi-week blockbusters in the same season really tipped the attendancescales", said Bob Klaus, DPAC's General Manager. "It's a credit to Nederlander and PFM and the great shows they bring us , this will truly be a season to remember."

Top Five Shows -
SunTrust Broadway at DPAC 2011 / 2012 Season*
1. Wicked
2. Radio City Christmas Spectacular
3. West Side Story
4. Memphis
5. Addams Family
*July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

In addition to Broadway and Holiday blockbusters, DPAC again delivered a season with great variety and something for everyone. Concert sellouts featured Rock acts like Steely Dan and The Moody Blues, Folk concerts including the legendary Paul Simon, Country superstars like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, renown Jazz artists like Diana Krall, a long list of R & B icons including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Earth, Wind & Fire and even a Bluegrass concert with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. Plus Comedy also played a decisive role in DPAC's season with Daniel Tosh and Bill Cosby posting record setting sellouts.

Top Fifteen Concert Events - 2011 / 2012 Season
Steely Dan
Paul Simon
Aretha Franklin
Earth, Wind & Fire
Diana Krall
Dolly Parton
Patti LaBelle
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Anita Baker
Hall & Oates
Kelly Clarkson
Moody Blues
Elvis Costello
Martina McBride
Willie Nelson

*July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Top Five  Comedy Events 2011 / 2012 Season*
6. Daniel Tosh
7. Bill Cosby
8. Steve Harvey
9. Kevin James
10. Ron White

*July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Top Five Special Events 2011 / 2012 Season*
1. Tyler Perry's - The Haves and The Have Nots*
2. American Dance Festival
3. Ira David Wood's - A Christmas Carol
4. Carolina Ballet's - The Nutcracker
5. Disney's Phineas & Ferb Live!

*July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

Known as a popular center for live entertainment in the Triangle, the combination of high profile Broadway, concert and comedy events has also gained DPAC attention on the national live entertainment scene with two of the nation's top entertainment trade magazines naming DPAC among the most highly attended venues in the country. In their just published July 23rd, mid-year edition, Pollstar Magazine lists DPAC as #1 in ticket sales among reporting theatre venues in America. In previous rankings, DPAC had been among the top five listed U.S. theatres, but in this newest ranking covering the first six months of 2012, DPAC ranked higher than such iconic theaters as the Fox in Atlanta, the Coliseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nokia Live in LosAngles and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. And in their soon to be published July 28th mid-year charts, Billboard Magazine lists DPAC #3 in gross ticket sales among venues with a capacity of 5,000 or under.  

DPAC's accolades also run well beyond just attendance statistics. This past season saw the venue win a number of local Reader's Choice Awards. The Independent Weekly’s “Best of” winner for Best Theater Venue - 4th Consecutive Year The Herald Sun’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best Live Entertainment - 4th Consecutive Year Raleigh's Metro Magazine’s Standing Ovation for Best Theater - 3rd Consecutive Year Durham Magazine - Best Place for Live Music and Best Place for Live Theater - 2nd Consecutive Year

Separate from these local publication awards, DPAC also recently received a Certificate of Excellence ranking from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel and destination website.

Learn more about all of Durham's performing arts venues, and more, by checking out the official visitors website.

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