DPAC ends 2012 with No. 5 attendance ranking

Jan. 09, 2013 @ 04:04 PM

For the third consecutive year, the Durham Performing Arts Center has placed among the most attended theaters in the United States, as tracked by an industry- leading trade magazine.

Pollstar, a trade publication covering the worldwide concert and live event industry, named DPAC No. 5 in the country in their recent 2012 report, “Worldwide Ticket Sales -- Top 100 Theater Venues.”

The venue was also recognized by Billboard Magazine as the No. 4 theater in the United States with seating under 5,000 for gross ticket sales.  DPAC’s 2012 calendar year featured 204 performances which drew more than 425,000 guests and saw 75 sellouts.  Heading the list of the highest attended shows were “Wicked” and “Jersey Boys.”

DPAC, with about 2,800 seats, ranked fifth in attendance behind Radio City Music Hall (6,015 seats), The Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (4,300 seats), Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles (7,100 seats) and the Fox Theatre in Atlanta (6,015 seats).

In addition to Broadway shows, DPAC also presented concerts that sold out, among them Jackson Brown and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Diana Krall, and special guests David Sedaris and Theresa Caputo.  Comedy acts with sellouts were Daniel Tosh, Brian Regan and Kevin James.

The venue’s top five Broadway shows for 2012 were (in order “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “West Side Story,” “Memphis” and “War Horse.”

The top 10 concerts (in order of ranking) were Duran Duran, Aretha Franklin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Diana Krall, Patti LaBelle, Steve Martin, Anita Baker, Al Green, Kelly Clarkson and The Moody Blues.

The top five comedy acts (in order) were          Daniel Tosh, Bill Cosby, Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and Kevin James.