Mon, Aug 15

DPAC to Welcome 3 Millionth Guest

DPAC will celebrate hitting an attendance milestone of 3,000,000 guests at the opening night of Disney’s Newsies on Tuesday, Aug. 16.  DPAC's march toward the 3,000,000 attendance mark has been driven by a focus on hosting unique, one-of-a-kind live entertainment events. Since opening in 2008, DPAC has hosted Broadway's biggest blockbusters, the top comedians in the world and legendary concert artists playing special intimate shows in DPAC's theater setting. For the past six years, DPAC has ranked among the top five most attended theaters in the U.S.

DPAC staff will be on site to count guests entering the building and waiting to greet guest number 3 million with a $1,000 gift certificate to DPAC’s 2016 / 2017 Season featuring hit Broadway shows, superstar concerts and the biggest comedians on tour. DPAC’s “special guest” is expected to pass through the entry doors sometime between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for the Tuesday evening performance. As an “extra, extra” bonus, this special guest will also meet with cast members from Newsies and have pictures taken backstage directly following the show’s performance to commemorate the special evening.

“When DPAC was first envisioned, no one would have believed that it would become the center for live entertainment in North Carolina. My thanks to the fans of the Broadway, concert, comedy and special events we host that have been so supportive of everything we do. One-of-a-kind, live entertainment events plus a focus on the guest are why every year, DPAC is always in the top five theaters in the U.S.,” said Bob Klaus, DPAC General Manager.

Newsies’ opening night also marks the start of DPAC’s 2016 / 2017 season, its ninth season of entertaining the Triangle.  Since it opened in 2008, DPAC has presented nearly 800 hit Broadway performances, 223 concerts and 67 celebrity comedians. Almost 600 of these events have been total sellouts including multi-week runs of Disney’s The Lion King, Broadway’s #1 blockbuster WICKED and “the best musical of this century” The Book of Mormon. Renowned artists such as Neil Young, Paul Simon, Alabama and Aretha Franklin have graced the stage, and comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and Daniel Tosh have made DPAC audiences laugh. DPAC is also home to SunTrust Broadway at DPAC, one of the top Broadway Series in the U.S.

Top Five Grossing Broadway Shows at DPAC
1. Disney’s The Lion King: February 16 – March 20, 2016
2. WICKED: April 21 – May 16, 2010
3. WICKED: May 2 – May 27, 2012
4. Disney’s The Lion King: January 4 – 30, 2011
5. WICKED: January 7 – 25, 2015

Top Five Grossing Concerts at DPAC
1. Neil Young: April 15, 2011
2. Celtic Woman: February 13, 2010
3. Aretha Franklin: May 19, 2016
4. Duran Duran: March 28, 2016
5. Steely Dan: August 4, 2011

Top Five Grossing Comedians at DPAC
1. Dave Chappelle: November 7 – 9, 2014
2. Jerry Seinfeld: September 11, 2015
3. Jerry Seinfeld: February 2, 2013
4. Jerry Seinfeld: February 12, 2011
5. John Cleese / Eric Idle: October 28 – 29, 2015