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'Book of Mormon' helps DPAC hit attendance high

Posted July 14, 2014

Weezer plays DPAC in Durham N.C. on Thursday June 5, 2014. Opening for Weezer is Jeff the Brotherhood. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

— The popular stage production “The Book of Mormon,” which had 16 performances at the Durham Center for the Performing Arts, helped the venue set new attendance records this season.

DPAC officials said Monday the center’s sixth season offered 179 performances that drew 383,415 ticket-holders. Seventy-six of those performances were sellouts.

Following behind “The Book of Mormon” was “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which had 10 performances at DPAC. Concert sellouts included Ringo Starr, Alabama, Patti LaBelle and John Legend. Comedians Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler also were sellouts.

“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," General Manager Bob Klaus said in a statement. "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.”

Here’s how the 2013-2014 season stacked up:

Top concerts

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

Top comedy

1. Ron White
2. Jay Leno
3. Chelsea Handler
4. Bill Maher
5. Brian Regan

Top shows

1. The Book of Mormon
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
3. Once
4. The Wizard of Oz
5. Evita

Top special events

1. A Christmas Carol
2. Move Live On Tour
3. Carolina Ballet’s The Nutcracker
4. Celtic Woman
5. Disney Live!


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  • EliteOne Jul 15, 2014

    "Reading the Book of Mormon would give show-goers a real lift in their spirits."

    I agree. It is hilarious

  • mystica131 Jul 15, 2014

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    I'm not sure if the article mentions it, but Book of Mormon was written by the same guys who created and write Southpark. So don't worry, they are equal opportunity when it comes to making fun of everything, every religion, every person. And if memory serves me correctly, I believe they had death threats at one point because of some episode they did on Islam.

  • Phil Larson Jul 14, 2014
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    The shows are choosing the DPAC over Memorial, it ain't a matter of wanting to show particular shows.

  • farm Jul 14, 2014

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    If it was about the koran there would be Embassies and Consulates being attacked.

  • og Jul 14, 2014

    Perhaps if the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium complex offered something decent from time to time, they could also have box office successes. I looked at both schedules between now and next June. There are ten events at DPAC I would attend if I could just saunter over to Mymandi to see them. There is not a single one in Raleigh that I have any interest in.

    I really don't like opera. I can tolerate classical only in the rarest of circumstances. If I want to see a Broadway play, I would see it on Broadway, not presented by some touring organization.

    And Durham is not unique in their popular offerings. St. Pete Florida brings some amazing shows to Ruth Eckerd Hall. They have 15 events I would attend.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 14, 2014

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    Yes. Parking there is a breeze. Even the VIP parking is only $10. No matter where you park, after the event, they have cops blocking lanes and directing traffic...and it's only 100 yards to Hwy147 either direction. Zoom!

    And, it's right by downtown with all those good restaurants, so we go early, park on the street (free), walk to dinner downtown ("Dos Perros" is awesome), then catch the show. It's a great time.

  • Melissa Townsend Jul 14, 2014
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    I'm glad the play helped lift attendance at DPAC. Reading the Book of Mormon would give show-goers a real lift in their spirits. I hope the show prompts some fair curiosity in its audience members. The play is, from what I understand, humorous and entertaining. However, I do not think it portrays Latter Day Saints accurately and hope viewers will explore more about the church.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 14, 2014

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    The Bible is great fiction that must make a great play.

    Don't you love The Golden Rule? ;-)

    (When you understand why you dismiss all other gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 14, 2014

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    I'm confused by your post. Did you see the show and that's why you can call it "vile garbage"? Or, did someone just tell you that it was? ...because, I saw the show. In fact, the Mormons even advertised in program...with full page ads. So, do you care to restate?

  • George Herbert Jul 14, 2014
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    Congrats to Durham for building a successful facility. I'm glad they don't gouge for parking like the ones in Raleigh do.