Fri, Jan 10

DPAC Finishes 2013 with #4 National Ranking

For the fourth consecutive year, DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center has placed among the most attended theaters in the U.S. as tracked by the industry-leading trade magazine, Pollstar. The only trade publication covering the worldwide concert and live event industry with tour schedules and sales results, Pollstar named DPAC #4 in the U.S. in their recent 2013 report Worldwide Ticket Sales - Top 100 Theater Venues, based on attendance at DPAC.  DPAC’s 2013 calendar year featured 174 performances which drew over 352,000 guests and saw 57 sellouts. 

Heading the list of the highest attended shows were How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical and Disney’s Mary Poppins.

Pollstar - 2013 - Top 5-ranked US theaters and their seating capacity:
1. Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY -  6,015 Capacity
2. The Colosseum At Caesars Palace - Las Vegas, NV - 4,300 Capacity
3. Orpheum Theatre - Minneapolis, MN – 2,600 Capacity
4. DPAC - Durham, NC - 2,712 Capacity
5. Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE - Los Angeles, Ca - 7,100 Capacity

"At DPAC, everything we do has the guest in mind, and this philosophy has helped us forge a special connection with live entertainment fans since our opening in 2008,” said Bob Klaus, General Manager at DPAC.  “In 2013, Triangle audiences again helped us set new records. Our focus always starts with great shows, and every year, DPAC has one of the best Broadway, concert and comedy line-ups of any theater in America. The booking strength of Nederlander and PFM ensured that in 2013 every big show had DPAC on its list when planning a major U.S. tour. Another key for us is making sure fans know about all of the great entertainment options that DPAC offers;  our Marketing Team is the most talented I have ever worked with. Finally, you cannot forget the importance of our fantastic Event Staff who delivered DPAC's legendary red-carpet customer service at every one of our 200 events last season. Add it all together, and you have the winning formula that has helped us to be named as one of the top five theaters in the U.S. every year since 2010."

In addition to Broadway blockbusters, DPAC again delivered a season with great variety and 'something for everyone.' Concert sellouts featured classic acts John Fogerty and Alabama, country giants like   Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell, RnB superstars Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole, renowned artists like Tony Bennett, and special performances by Alton Brown and The Piano Guys.  Comedy also played a decisive role in DPAC's season with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Jon Stewart posting record-setting sellouts.

“DPAC continues to strive towards the goal of offering 'something for everyone'," stated Rachel Gragg, Senior Director of Marketing at DPAC.  “It has been five remarkable years of celebrated great entertainment, and we look forward to making 2014 another year to remember.”

Top Five Broadway Shows hosted 2013
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical
2. Disney’s Mary Poppins
3. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
4. Sister Act
5. Jekyll & Hyde

Top Ten Concerts hosted 2013
1.  Alabama
2.  Celtic Woman
3.  Tony Bennett
4.  Gladys Knight & The O’Jays
5.  Diana Krall
6.  Il Divo
7.  John Fogerty  
8.  Jack Johnson
9.  Kings of the Mic Tour featuring LL Cool J
10.  Charlie Wilson

Top Five Comedy Events hosted 2013
1. Jerry Seinfeld 
2. Ron White
3. Robin Williams & David Steinberg
4. Bill Engvall & Larry the Cable Guy
5. Jon Stewart