Fall preview: ‘Phantom,’ Cosby and Manheim Steamroller at DPAC this season

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Durham Performing Arts Center
(123 Vivian St., Durham)

The Durham Performing Arts Center starts another fall off with Broadway tours and sold-out concerts. Here are some highlights of the schedule:

On Aug. 30, contemporary gospel powerhouse Kirk Franklin will perform at DPAC. Franklin is the host of BET’s gospel show “Sunday Best” and the nine-time Grammy Award-winner’s latest hit song is “Smile.” Erica Campbell of Mary Mary will open the concert.
DPAC’s Broadway tour season starts with the musical “Dirty Dancing,” which is coming direct from London rather than New York. It’s based on the 1980s hit film and will be on stage Sept. 16-21. Two ensemble cast members are from North Carolina.
Motown legends The Temptations and The Four Tops will share the stage on Sept. 26. Their last two shows sold out.
The Broadway spectacular “The Phantom of the Opera” returns to Durham Oct. 8-19, the longest run of DPAC’s fall theater season.
Another audience favorite returning to DPAC this fall is comedian and veteran television actor Bill Cosby, for a show on Oct. 25.
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle, whose performances have garnered hundreds of millions of hits on YouTube, comes to Durham during her first U.S. tour on Oct. 29.
Once the holiday season gets underway, there are plenty of shows to choose from to take visiting family. The national tours of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will be here Nov. 18-23, and “Annie” Dec. 9-14. Manheim Steamroller Christmas comes back Dec. 2 and Ira David Wood III’s “The Christmas Carol” continues its annual tradition Dec. 18-21.
The rest of the calendar is filled with more comedy and concerts. For a full schedule and ticket information, visit www.dpacnc.com.

-- BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN