DPAC’s Broadway Series Preview through December

Broadway is Back in Durham
Photo 2 L R Derrick Baskin Jawan M Jackson Jeremy Pope James Harkness And Ephraim Sykes Front In Aint
Ain't Too Proud, Photo Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

After over a year of waiting, the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) has traded its ghost light for gobos, and its empty seats for an audience. Although many exciting performances happen at the DPAC, including an upcoming Styx World Tour, our eyes are on the first half (Sept.-Dec.) of the Broadway Series. 2021’s season has 7  award-winning productions that will have you clapping, crying, laughing, and singing along. As they say, the show must go on!

STOMP

  • Sep. 45; Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats start at $24.50 + taxes & fees
  • Runtime: 1hr and 45mins with no intermission
  • STOMP made its explosive debut in 1994. Almost 30 years later it is still a must-see hit. From matchboxes to hubcaps, the eight players create music by manipulating objects into the most unique pieces of percussion. This experience is for all ages so bring the whole family along for this pulsating show.

The Band’s Visit

  • Oct. 5-10; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats start at $31 + taxes & ticket fees
  • Runtime: 1hr and 30mins with no intermission
  • Once not long ago a group of musicians came to Israel from Egypt. You probably didn’t hear about it. It wasn’t very important.” These are the opening lines of the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical, The Band’s Visit. Opening in 2017, it is one of the newer plays on the schedule for this season. The play’s setting is in a small town in Israel off the beaten path. A band of lost musicians arrive and the town is brought to life in unexpected ways. Music and how it moves us in our lives is a huge take away from this performance.

RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles

  • Oct. 15-16; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm
  • Seats start at $33.50 + taxes & ticket fees
  • Runtime: 2hrs and 20mins with an intermission
  • Fan of The Beatles? Want to see them live? This may be your best bet for crossing it off your bucket list. This tribute show to the British legends focuses on their classic album Abbey Road. Not only do the four performers of Rain play the notes to precision, but they also embody the personas of the Fab Four. Their mastery allows the viewer to believe they are seeing the real deal so dust off your granny glasses and get groovy.

Tootsie

  • Oct. 19-24; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats start at $30 + taxes & ticket fees
  • Runtime: 2hrs and 35mins with an intermission
  •  A musical wrapped up in humorous punchlines, Tootsie is a “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone). The story follows Michael Dorsey, an actor who is very talented, but extremely opinionated and therefore tough to work with. Living the grind of an actor, he is looking for his breakout role. Breakout role he lands, but maybe not what he was picturing. Hijinks ensue as he tries to navigate the waters of playing Dorothy Michaels, his gender-reversed alter-ego.

Escape to Margaritaville

  • Nov. 9-14; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats start at $25 + taxes & ticket fees
  • Runtime: 2hrs and 20 mins with an intermission
  • Like the classic Jimmy Buffet song goes, “Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville”. Join the fun and the Parrot Heads as they shake it up in the Caribbean at the the run down hotel of Margaritaville. The musical tells the story of Tammy and Rachel, friends on a girls’ trip before Tammy’s nuptials. Their trip involves singing, dancing, and two locals: Tully and Brick. Will new relationships spark or fizzle on this relaxed island?

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

  • Dec. 7-12; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats on sale Thursday, Sep. 16 at 10:00 AM
  • Runtime: 2hrs and 30mins with an intermission
  • Listen to classic Motown songs like “My Girl”, “Just My Imagination”, “Get Ready”, and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, while learning about the ups and downs of the The Temptations in this biographical musical. Winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, not only will you get great singing, but terrific dancing too. The play covers their journey from their humble beginnings to their successes, and even touches on the personal and political conflicts that threaten to jeopardize the group.

A Christmas Story: The Musical

  • Dec. 28, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022; Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1 & 7pm
  • Seats On Sale Thursday, Sep. 30 at 10:00 AM
  • Runtime: 2hrs and 30mins with an intermission
  • Based on the 1983 movie, this musical brings back all the hilarious moments that make this story one that has been told and retold (and retold, thanks TBS) for years. The leg lamp, pink bunny onesie, and of course the line “You’ll shoot your eye out!” will be relived on stage and accompanied by music. Ralphie will drink his Ovaltine and try to make his wish come true: an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

*Masks are required for everyone, vaccinated or not, until further notice for all productions.

 

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