Sat, Feb 11

Announcing SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2017 / 2018 Season

Direct from New York, Nederlander Presents


Ten Great Years of Bringing New York’s Best Broadway Shows

And THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Back by Popular Demand in The Greatest Hits of Broadway at DPAC Encore Series

Direct from New York, Nederlander presents the SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2017 / 2018 Season. Aptly named “Ten Great Years” to mark the tenth great year of bringing New York’s best Broadway shows to the Triangle, the new season features many of Broadway’s recent top-ten shows, along with brand new North American tours made famous in London’s West End and Australia.

The SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2017 / 2018 Season includes: 

  • CIRCUS 1903, which makes the golden age of the circus come alive: Sept. 12 – 17, 2017
  • Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, the family musical of the season: Oct. 17 – 22, 2017
  • LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera:  Oct. 31 – Nov. 5, 2017
  • SCHOOL OF ROCK, a hilarious high-octane smash musical: Nov. 28 – Dec. 3, 2017
  • ON YOUR FEET!, the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan: Jan. 2 – 7, 2018
  • LES MISÉRABLES, one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history: Jan. 30 – Feb. 4, 2018
  • THE COLOR PURPLE, 2016 Tony® Winner for Best Musical Revival: April 3 – 8, 2018
  • WAITRESS, a new Broadway musical baked from the heart: May 1 – 6, 2018

Additionally, back by popular demand, the spectacular new production of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will return for two weeks, Feb. 28 – Mar. 11, 2018, as part of the Greatest Hits of Broadway at DPAC Encore Series.

“We’re really proud to announce this new season and our hats are off to the Nederlander organization in New York who have really delivered the hits,” said Bob Klaus, DPAC General Manager. “From Broadway’s recent top-ten shows to brand new national tours and international hits, our tenth season of SunTrust Broadway will be one of our best ever.”

With more than 14,000 Season Seat Members, DPAC is proud to be home of one of the country’s leading one-week Broadway series and continues to be the Triangle region’s #1 performing arts venue. Season Seat Members are locked in with not only the best prices, but the same great seats for every show; 95% of all SunTrust Broadway at DPAC shows sell every ticket to every performance, and with membership, Season Seat Members are guaranteed to never miss a sellout.  

SunTrust Broadway at DPAC Season Seat Members receive outstanding benefits including the best prices and the best seats,  the option of our full eight-show package or opting out of one of the season shows with the flexible seven-show package, year-round payment plans, flexibility to exchange tickets, complimentary parking and more.  As members of this distinguished group, Season Seat Members also will have first access to add THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA onto their Season Seat Membership.

For more information on season seat packages to SunTrust Broadway’s “Ten Great Years” Season, which range from $20 to $60 per month:
-Online sales start Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m.
-Phone sales begin Thursday, February 16 at 10 a.m. at 919.281.0595
-You can also purchase in person beginning February 16 at 10 a.m. at The Ticket Center at DPAC: 123 Vivian Street, Durham, 27701
-For questions, contact

Tickets for the “Ten Great Years” Season shows are currently available as part of the SunTrust Broadway, 2017 / 2018 Season package. Prices for the season will vary depending on titles and seats selected, and whether choosing the full eight-show or flexible seven-show package.  

Current SunTrust Broadway at DPAC Season Seat Members will receive renewal packages in the mail over the next week and will have until June 1, 2017 to renew. 

For more information contact or call the Ticket Center at DPAC at 919.281.0595, with the following hours:
Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Or visit the DPAC Ticket Center in person at 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701, located in the American Tobacco Historic District next to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park during the above hours.

Tickets for individual shows will go on sale this summer and fall and the public on-sale date for PHANTOM will be announced at a later date.  For more information on SunTrust Broadway at DPAC benefits, visit

Detailed information for SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, 2017 / 2018 Season: 

CIRCUS 1903: September 12 – 17, 2017

“Heart stopping… a great night’s entertainment.”  – Sydney Morning Herald  

The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. Sensational puppetry puts elephants back in the ring as never seen before along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, high wire and much more! Discover the golden age of circus this fall as CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus sets to captivate audiences of all ages*.

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID: October 17 – 22, 2017

“One of the most ravishing shows I have ever seen.” – Time Magazine

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, with music by eight-time Academy Award® winner Alan Menken, it’s a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. Come fall in love with the magic for the first time—or all over again with classics such as “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl, “Part of Your World” and more! Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is produced by Pittsburgh CLO & Kansas City Starlight.

LOVE NEVER DIES: October 31 – November 5, 2017

“A masterpiece!” – Sunday Express

This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. The year is 1907. It is 10 years after his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and the Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. In this new, electrically charged world, he has finally found a place for his music to soar, but he has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé.

In a final bid to win back Christine’s love, the Phantom lures her, Raoul, and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island… not knowing what is in store for them….

LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score. Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories as it makes its premiere in the Triangle. This production played to critical acclaim throughout Australia and New Zealand and is described by Chris Boyd in The Australian as “the best thing Lloyd Webber has written in the quarter century since The Phantom of the Opera.” Andrew Lloyd Webber describes the production as, “probably the finest one I could ever, ever hope for.”

SCHOOL OF ROCK:  November 28 – December 3, 2017

“A crowd-pleasing, upbeat musical with a wondrously rebellious spirit!”   – Associated Press

SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Vanity Fair raves, “FISTS OF ALL AGES SHALL BE PUMPING!”

ON YOUR FEET!: January 2 – 7, 2018

“Packed with a seductive beat, tender heart and genuine joy!”  – Associated Press

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award® winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FEET! Features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

LES MISÉRABLES: January 30 – February 4, 2018

“Les Misérables endures.” – The New York Post

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award®-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LES MISÉRABLES tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. Seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, LES MISÉRABLES is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 32nd year.

THE COLOR PURPLE: April 3 – 8, 2018

“Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling!”  – The New York Times

THE COLOR PURPLE is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times) directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. The musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

WAITRESS: May 1 – 6, 2018

"A little slice of Heaven.”   – Entertainment Weekly

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 5-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland). “It’s an empowering musical of the highest order!” raves the Chicago Tribune.

Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.

“WAITRESS is a little slice of heaven!” says Entertainment Weekly and “a monumental contribution to Broadway!” according to Marie Claire. Don’t miss this uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (The Greatest Hits of Broadway at DPAC Encore Series): Feb. 28 – March 11, 2018

“Highly recommended! Extraordinarily opulent!” – Chicago Sun-Times

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will return to DPAC as part of a brand new North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before” and features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award® winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score - with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.