DPAC places among top U.S. theaters

By Dathan Kazsuk 

Why does it come as no surprise.

Durham’s DPAC is once again ranked among the top theaters in America, according to Pollstar, Billboard Magazine and Venues Today.

The performing arts center entertained 462,055 guests and featured 211 events, which included 113 sellouts in 2017. In Pollstar’s listing, DPAC ranked fourth in theater venues only behind Radio City Music Hall (New York), The Axis at Planet Hollywood (Las Vegas) and The Fox Theatre (Atlanta).

“Our team in New York strives to bring the biggest Broadway hits to DPAC before they play any other theaters in the region,” said DPAC’s Senior Director of Marketing, Rachel Traversari.

And that shows with the great performance that passed through town in 2017. 

The King and I.                                                                Photograph by Matthew Murphy

Here’s a list of the top five Broadway shows at DPAC in 2017:

     1. The King and I

     2. Finding Neverland

     3. Disney's The Little Mermaid

     4. Love Never Dies

     5. School of Rock

But it’s not just Broadway that’s graced the stage at DPAC. Guests have enjoyed concerts such as Indie folk band Bon Iver and Grammy-winning vocalist Tony Bennett. Comedy legends such as Steve Martin, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler have also performed at DPAC this past year.

Bon Iver live at DPAC.                                                              Photograph by Andy Martin

The top 5 concerts at DPAC in 2017:

     1. Bon Iver

     2. Tony Bennett

     3. Earth, Wind & Fire

     4. The Beach Boys

     5. Steve Miller Band

Martin Short and Steve Martin perform at DPAC.                  Photograph by Andy Martin

The top 5 comedy events at DPAC in 2017:

     1. Steve Martin, Martin Short, Steep Canyon Rangers

     2. Chris Rock

     3. Adam Sandler

     4. Trevor Noah

     5. Jay Leno

Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol.                         Photograph by Stephen J. Larson

The top 5 special events at DPAC in 2017:

     1. Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol

     2. Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

     3. American Dance Festival 2017

     4. Neil DeGrasse Tyson

     5. Dancing with the Stars