Mon, July 14

DPAC’s Sixth Season Sets New Records with # of Sellouts and Season Seat Members

383,415 guests, 179 performances, 76 sellouts in 2013 / 2014 Season

DURHAM, NC- July 14, 2014- DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center has just announced key attendance statistics for their just completed sixth season.  The sixth season boasts new records with 76 sellout performances and 14,081 season seat members for their signature series, SunTrust Broadway at DPAC.  DPAC's 2013 / 2014 Season featured 179 performances which drew 383,415 guests and 64 concerts, comedy and special events.  This 2013 / 2014 attendance mark was DPAC second highest ever since DPAC’s opening in 2008.  Heading the list of the highest attended shows were The Book of Mormon (16 performances at DPAC) and How the Grinch Stole Christmas (10 performances at DPAC).   DPAC begins the 2014-2015 SunTrust Broadway season as one of the top Broadway series in the country, with season seat sales now at 14,220 and still growing.

Top Five Shows -
SunTrust Broadway at DPAC 2013 / 2014 Season*
1.       The Book Of Mormon
2.       How The Grinch Stole Christmas
3.       Once
4.       The Wizard Of Oz
5.       Evita
*July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014


In addition to Broadway blockbusters, DPAC delivered 64 concerts, comedy and special events. Concert sellouts featured Rock acts like John Fogerty and Crosby, Stills and Nash, legends Ringo Starr and His Allstar Band and Alabama, folk rock superstar singers Jack Johnson and Sheryl Crow, R & B icon Patti LaBelle and singer songwriter John Legend.  Plus Comedy and special events also played a decisive role in DPAC's season with Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler posting record setting sellouts as well as special performances by Move Live on Tour with Julianne and Derek Hough.


Top Fifteen Concert Events - 2013 / 2014 Season*
1. Alabama
2. Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band
3. Crosby, Stills & Nash
4. John Fogerty
5. Weezer
6. Jack Johnson
7. Charlie Wilson
8. Patti LaBelle
9. John Legend
10. Sheryl Crow
11. Rob Thomas
12. The Moody Blues
13. Jaheim
14. Lynyrd Sknryd
15. Straight No Chaser

*July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Top Five
Comedy Events
2013 / 2014 Season*
1.       Ron White
2.       Jay Leno              
3.       Chelsea Handler
4.       Bill Maher           
5.       Brian Regan

*July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Top Five Special Events
2013 / 2014 Season*
1.       A Christmas Carol
2.       Move Live On Tour
3.       Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
4.       Celtic Woman
5.       Disney Live!
*July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Bob Klaus, General Manager of DPAC, stated, “The team here at DPAC is so proud of the attendance benchmarks and accolades that we received this past season. What we value most though, is the real world feedback we hear from our guests. Whether it is a first-time visitor or someone that attends DPAC shows five or more times a year, over and over again our guests tell us how much the love attending the superstar events we present at DPAC. From Broadway to concerts, comedy to special events, you just can’t beat what our biggest fans have come to call ‘the DPAC Experience’. “

DPAC Places Among Top Three Theaters in newest National Attendance Rankings

Unquestioned as the center for live entertainment in the Triangle, the combination of high profile Broadway, concert and comedy events has also gained DPAC attention on the national live entertainment scene with two of the nation's top entertainment trade magazines naming DPAC among the most highly attended venues in the country. In their just published July 11th, mid-year edition, Pollstar Magazine lists DPAC as #3 in attendance among reporting theatre venues in America. In previous rankings, DPAC had been among the top five listed U.S. theatres, but in this newest ranking covering the first six months of 2014, DPAC was topped only  by the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and the Coliseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. 

Pollstar National Attendance Rankings - Theaters: *(January 1-June 30, 2014)

1.       Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV - 4,100 Capacity – 317,031
2.       Fox Theater, Atlanta GA  - 4,556 Capacity – 278,308
3.       DPAC, Durham, NC - 2,712 Capacity – 195,058
4.       Dreyfoos Hall, West Palm Beach, FL- 2,195 Capacity- 188,047   
5.  The Smith Center, Las Vegas, NV- 2,055 Capacity- 151,814

DPAC Earns Local and National Awards

DPAC's accolades also run well beyond just attendance statistics. This past season saw the venue win a number of local Reader's Choice Awards.

•         The Independent Weekly’s “Best of” winner for Best Theater Venue - 6th Consecutive Year, Finalist for Best Place to See Comedy (2nd Consecutive Year)
•         Durham Magazine - Best Place for Live Music & Best Place for Live Theater (3rd Consecutive Year 2013)
•         Midtown Magazine - Best Place to See a Show (2014 Diamond Awards)
•         Carolina Parent - Reader's Choice Award: Place to Go for "Performing Arts" in the Triangle (2014)

Separate from these local publication awards, DPAC also recently received its third consecutive Certificate of Excellence ranking from Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel and destination website. 

Rachel Gragg, Senior Director of Marketing at DPAC, stated, “We're always very proud of the over 2 million guests that have walked through the door since opening almost six years ago and are so humble to be recognized for these awards again this year.  In fact, DPAC staff is all big fans ourselves of the numerous performances of Broadway, comedy and concerts that take the stage night after night. Each day is a new challenge that our team thrives in being a part of.”

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About DPAC
With a mission of presenting one-of a-kind live entertainment events, DPAC truly has “something for everyone”, hosting over 180 performances a year including spectacular touring Broadway productions, high-profile concert and comedy events, family shows and the heralded American Dance Festival. Owned by the City of Durham and operated under the direction of Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management (PFM), DPAC has been listed three consecutive years as the #1 performing arts organization in the region by the Triangle Business Journal.

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What’s up next?  Summer Solstice Tour of Maxwell (July 26), followed by an evening with Franki Valli and the Four Seasons (August 9).  Please visit for more information about these and all upcoming events.


Press Contact: Rachel Gragg Traversari, Senior Director of Marketing
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