‘The Book of Mormon,’ Celtic Woman, Buddy Guy on stage in Durham

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

The national tour of the Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” takes the spotlight on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center for the spring arts and entertainment season.
“The Book of Mormon” will be at DPAC Feb. 11-23 and is already sold out. It is playing in Charlotte now and will be performed for audiences in San Francisco, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Atlanta between now and its Durham arrival. The musical is by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the long-running animated television show “South Park,” along with Robert Lopez, a co-creator of “Avenue Q.” As the title indicates, “The Book of Mormon” is a satire of the religious denomination. It has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The rest of the early 2014 season of Broadway shows at DPAC begins this month with the musical “Once,” on stage Jan. 21-26. Another Tony Award winner for Best Musical, “Once” tells the story of a Dublin, Ireland, street musician and a woman who is interested in his love songs.
In March, the musical about Argentina’s first lady, Eva Peron, “Evita,” will be at DPAC March 11-16. Then “The Wizard of Oz” will be here April 8-13, Green Day’s “American Idiot” April 29-30, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” May 13-18 and finally, the return of “Mamma Mia!” May 30-June 1.
Aside from Broadway tours, DPAC’s schedule is filled with other entertainers, starting this month with concerts by Patti LaBelle on Jan. 11 and the alternative band The Pixies, minus bassist Kim Deal, on Jan. 31. Highlights of the coming months include Gov’t Mule Feb. 8, Celtic Woman March 8, The Ten Tenors March 20, talk show host Jay Leno March 28 and comedian Brian Regan May 10. There are several more performances, too, and a full schedule and ticket information is available at www.dpacnc.com.
At Durham’s other large performance venue, the Carolina Theatre, aside from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival April 3-6 and other film events, there are several concerts and other shows.
Comedian Drew Carey will perform Jan. 11. Highlights this winter and spring include America on Feb. 5, Travis Tritt Feb. 7, Buddy Guy Feb. 9, Rosanne Cash March 14 and Ben Sollee April 18. For a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.carolinatheatre.org.