Jan 10, 2017

2016 Rankings Place DPAC Among America’s Top Theaters

Almost 500,000 Guests Enjoyed DPAC Performances This Year

DURHAM, NC- January 10, 2017 – After setting attendance records in 2016, DPAC is once again ranked among the top theaters in America, according to three leading national magazines that cover live U.S. entertainment events and venues.

In their year-end published attendance and sales rankings, Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today all placed DPAC among the country’s top five venues among reporting venues of its size and type. DPAC’s 2016 calendar year featured 235 events which drew a record-setting 490,883 guests and 108 sellouts. 2016 represents DPAC’s eighth year of operation under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM).

DPAC ranked 5th in Pollstar, 4th in Billboard, and 3rd in Venues Today.

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“Our top priority has always been to be our guests’ favorite place for live entertainment – and that shows in DPAC’s rising attendance and its ranking as one of the top U.S. venues every year,” said Bob Klaus, General Manager at DPAC. “With the resources of Nederlander and PFM, DPAC competes to host every major live entertainment event in America playing venues of our size.  Everything we do is done with our guests in mind.”

Broadway Leads the Way
Heading the list of the highest attended shows in 2016 were encore presentations of Disney’s The Lion King, which entertained sellout crowds every night during its multi-week run in February and March, and the Book of Mormon.  Both were part of DPAC’s signature series, SunTrust Broadway at DPAC. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical helped fill guests with the holiday spirit – and collaborated with the Autism Society of North Carolina and Duke Health to offer DPAC’s first-ever special sensory-friendly performance.

“DPAC is the home of the biggest Broadway blockbusters. Fans of live theater know they can count on us to bring the newest hit shows direct from Broadway before they play any other theaters in the region,” said Rachel Traversari, DPAC’s Senior Director of Marketing. “Our team in New York is already lining up commitments for the biggest new shows that will fill our stage for years to come.”

2016 - Top Five Broadway shows at DPAC
1. Disney’s The Lion King
2. The Book of Mormon
3. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
4. Fun Home
5. 42nd Street

Something for Everyone
In addition to Broadway blockbusters, DPAC again delivered an incredible variety of events that truly offered ‘something for everyone’.  The legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin led DPAC’s concert sellouts, followed by pop veterans Duran Duran, blues singer Joe Bonamassa, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bob Dylan. Comedy also played a big role in DPAC's year with Jeff Foxworthy & the Cable Guy, Ron White and Lewis Black each drawing large crowds to their multi-performance engagements. Special events included Food Network star Alton Brown’s “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science,” and a special run of Love Jones – The Musical, a musical stage adaptation of the renowned 1997 film.

“As much as our fans love Broadway, DPAC is equally known for the many concert and comedy events that come here every year,” said Taki Pappas, Director of Programming for Concerts and Comedy at DPAC. “We work with the biggest talent agents and concert promoters in the world to bring incredible musicians and performers to DPAC so we can provide our guests with amazing concert and comedy experiences.”

2016 - Top 15 Concerts at DPAC
1. Aretha Franklin
2. Duran Duran
3. Joe Bonamassa
4. Bob Dylan
5. Il Divo
6. Anthony Hamilton
7. The Moody Blues
8. The Temptations & The Four Tops
9. Mannheim Steamroller
10. The Piano Guys
11. Yanni
12. Celtic Woman
13. Vince Gill
14. ARW – An Evening of Yes Music
15. Weird Al Yankovic

2016 - Top Five Comedy Events at DPAC
1. Jeff Foxworthy & The Cable Guy
2. Ron White
3. Lewis Black
4. Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
5. Bill Engvall

2015 – Top Five Special Events
1. Ira David Wood III’s A Christmas Carol
2. 2016 American Dance Festival
3. Love Jones
4. Alton Brown
5. Carolina Ballet's The Nutcracker