Built in 2008, the Durham Performing Arts Center – or DPAC for short – has become one of the most prized venues in North Carolina. Its combination of great seats, cutting-edge tech, and prime position in downtown Durham mean it attracts some of the highest caliber acts in all artistic fields. The 2019 season has some great stuff in store! Here’s a list of highlights, with the full schedule available here.
Miss Saigon: January 22-27
Some of the best stories are told over and over again. Based on the classic opera Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon tells the story of a Vietnamese woman abandoned by her American lover during the Vietnam War. The original opening in the late 80s broke records and snagged countless awards, and this modern revival is touring now to excellent reviews.
Joe Bonamassa: March 18
If you ask a musician “who is the best guitarist alive?” you likely won’t get a single answer. But one certainty is that in the long list of names, Joe Bonamassa will be near the top. With nearly 30 albums under his belt and a history of performances with BB King, Eric Clapton and more, any blues or rock enthusiast would kick themselves for missing this show. Tickets start at $89.
Celtic Woman: March 23
There’s something about Irish culture that has long captivated the world. With touring acts like Riverdance and movies like Brave, we’ve all been fascinated by the Emerald Isle. Celtic Woman channels the country’s culture through haunting, beautiful vocal performances of both traditional and modern songs. The DPAC event is part of their “Ancient Legend” tour and focuses on storytelling through music. Tickets start at $43.50.
The Price is Right Live: April 11
Who didn’t grow up watching The Price is Right on lazy mornings at home? This touring version of America’s most beloved game show brings all the familiar trappings, including the giant game contraptions and real prizes. Note that buying a ticket does not immediately qualify you for entry: rules for that can be found here.
Carol Burnett: May 17
Few women in comedy are as iconic as Carol Burnett. This intimate show at the DPAC is a retrospective of sorts on her career, with a unique twist: she will be taking questions from the audience! A unique opportunity that no fan of her should miss. Tickets start at $59.50.
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