WOW, what a season! The Durham Performing Arts Center just announced its 2011-2012 SunTrust Broadway Series live from New York City! Do not wait. Get your tickets while you can. The 2011-2012 season is spectacular - filled with great music, Tony Award winning shows and high-kicking showgirls! There's something for everyone this season at DPAC.
Direct from New York, next year's season combines the best of the new touring productions and some of your classic favorites to create another exciting Broadway lineup at DPAC. Plus WICKED makes a triumphant return to the Triangle!
This season is not to be missed! Experience the legendary music of Frank Sinatra in COME FLY AWAY, and the greatest songs of the 80s in the smash hit ROCK OF AGES. Kick up your heels when DPAC hosts the region's premiere of the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING The Rockettes® for an unprecedented 38 performances.
Inspired by actual events, the Tony® Award Winning MEMPHIS will take you on an incredible journey with laughter and roof-raising rock'n'roll. Experience "Broadway Family Style" with THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Find out how you learn to be true to your team and to yourself with BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL and relax and be mesmerized during the season's finale featuring the powerful revival of one of Broadway's finest shows, WEST SIDE STORY.
Sharon Delaney and Valonda Calloway from My Carolina Today on NBC-17, along with WPTF's Brian Freeman and I, were live in Times Square to interview some of the creative teams and talent behind DPAC's spectacular 2011-2012 Broadway season. Not only did we meet the creative teams for ROCK OF AGES, BRING IT ON and MEMPHIS, we met Tony Award nominee and star of MEMPHIS Chad Kimball, THE ADDAMS FAMILY's Pugsley, Adam Riegler, and four fantastic Rockettes!
We also had the opportunity to meet with special guests Stacey and John Burkert, winners of DPAC and NBC-17's "WOW, What A Season" contest. Stacey and John got to travel to New York with us and enjoy a showing of MEMPHIS! Congratulations Stacey and John!
2011-2012 SunTrust Broadway Series includes:
- Come Fly Away: September 27 - October, 2, 2011
- Rock of Ages: October 25 - 30, 2011
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes: November 10 - 27, 2011
- Rain: January 17 - 18, 2012
- Memphis: January 24 - 29, 2012
- The Addams Family: February 28 - March 4, 2012
- Chicago: March 20 - 21, 2012
- Bring it On: The Musical: April 17 - 22, 2012
- Wicked: May 2 - 27, 2012
- West Side Story: June 5 -10, 2012
More information on the amazing shows that will visit DPAC next season!
COME FLY AWAY: September 27 - October 2, 2011
"Twyla Tharp's Electrifying celebration of the music of Frank Sinatra will sweep you up in a complete spell." – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Come Fly Away is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony® Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of "Ol' Blue Eyes" with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band, the visceral thrill of Tharp's choreography and 15 of the world's best dancers. Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine says "COME FLY AWAY delivers the PUREST JOLT OF PLEASURE to be found on a Broadway stage."Rating: For those mature enough to appreciate sensuous dance.
ROCK OF AGES: October 25-30, 2011
"Rock and Comedy in Perfect Proportion!" – David Cote, Time Out
Its five-time, Tony® Award nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES, is a hilarious, feel-good love story. Charles Sherwood from the New York Times says it is "Impossible to resist." The greatest songs of the 80s with hits of JOURNEY, Night Ranger, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON, PAT BENATAR, TWISTED SISTER, POISON, ASIA, WHITESNAKE and many more. Rating: Recommended for ages 14 and up.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING The Rockettes ®November 10-27, 2011
The Grandest Holiday Show of All Time Comes to the Triangle - First Time Ever!
Fill your heart with Christmas as the world-famous Radio City Rockettes® bring their legendary eye-high kicks and a cast and crew of over 100 to Durham in America's #1 Holiday Show, the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR®. Adults will love the precision of The Rockettes in numbers such as Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and Christmas in New York. Children will love Multiplying Santa's and the elves in Santa's Workshop. Everyone will be inspired by the stunning reenactment of the very first Christmas in The Living Nativity. Create memories that last a lifetime at the RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR®, thrilling families for over 75 years! The Spectacular is perfect for EVERYONE! All adults and kids 2-12 will especially love the show.
MEMPHIS: January 24-29, 2012
"The Very Essence of What a Broadway Musical Should be." – Associated Press
TURN UP THAT DIAL .... From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves - filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical. Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new destination. www.MemphistheMusical.com Rating: Recommended for ages 10 and up.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY: February 28 - March 4, 2012
"Classic, Full-tilt, Fast Paced, Old-fashioned Musical Comedy!" – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"THE ADDAMS FAMILY is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony® Award winner Jerry Zaks. Come meet the family. We'll leave the lights off for you. "Rating: Recommended for ages 8 and up.
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL: April 17-22, 2012
"An Explosively Original Mix of Singing, Acting, Dancing and Cheer." – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The team behind BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL is an extraordinarily rare union of Broadway's most acclaimed, award-winning young creators. With an original book by Tony® Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony® Award-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (In The Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony® Award winning composer Tom Kitt (next to normal) and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green (High Fidelity), this wholly original new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (In The Heights). Recommended for ages 13+.
WEST SIDE STORY: JUNE 5-10, 2012
"So Exciting It Makes You Ache with Pleasure."– John Lahr, The New Yorker
More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back on stage and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time. WEST SIDE STORY remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of WEST SIDE STORY recently won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway's finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as "Something's Coming,""Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere." Rating: Recommended for ages 13 and up.