‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘Once’ coming to DPAC next season

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 07:31 PM

The Durham Performing Arts Center is likely to have another winning season next year with the announcement of the critically acclaimed Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” on the schedule.

DPAC officially announced the 2013-14 season Saturday evening.

“The Book of Mormon,” a musical comedy by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, won nine 2011 Tony Awards and the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The national tour this year has been popular, with ticket seekers for its summer run at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., crashing the website this past week. “The Book of Mormon” will be at DPAC Feb. 11-23, 2014.

DPAC marketing director Rachel Gragg said that DPAC and Nederlander are committed to bringing the best of Broadway to the Triangle. DPAC is operated by Nederlander and Professional Facilities Management. Nederlander owns the Palace Theatre on Broadway.

“This region is savvy when it comes to theater and knows what’s hot in New York,” Gragg said. “We've been getting requests for the show since it opened on Broadway.”

There are six other productions slated for the upcoming season as well as four “Broadway Encore Specials.” One of the encores, “Blue Man Group,” will start the fall season for a three-day run Sept. 6-8, followed by another encore, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which was announced last month. “Beauty and the Beast” will be on stage Oct. 8-13.

The regular season begins in November with the theatrical adaption of the Oscar-winning movie “Ghost.” On stage Nov. 12-17, “Ghost” is the story of Sam and Molly, portrayed in the movie by Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, and what happens after Sam dies.

DPAC’s Broadway show in December is appropriate for the holidays, with Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical” Dec. 3-8. Max the dog narrates the tale of Whoville’s threatened Christmas.

The new year brings another recent Broadway hit with “Once,” Jan. 21-26. “Once” won eight Tony Awards in 2012. The cast play their own instruments in this story of an Irish street musician and his love interest.

The rest of next spring’s season includes “Evita,” March 11-16, 2014; “The Wizard of Oz,” April 8-13, 2014; and “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” May 13-18, 2014.

“Evita,” which features songs like “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” is about Eva Peron, who became first lady of Argentina. “The Wizard of Oz” takes DPAC fans of the “Wicked” adaption of Frank Baum’s story back to an adaption closer to the original story. It includes all the songs from the movie plus a few new ones. The final show of the regular season brings together elements of multiple musicals with the direct title of “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber” with music from “Cats,” Sunset Boulevard,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Love Never Dies.”

There are also two other encore specials, “Mamma Mia!” May 30-June 1, 2014; and the Green Day rock opera “American Idiot,” April 29-30, 2014. “American Idiot” is returning to the Triangle after its first visit, which was to Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh.

This will be the sixth SunTrust Broadway season at DPAC. Season ticket holders will receive renewal packages this week, and new subscriptions are on sale now. The box office is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today [Sunday] and regular box office hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Individual show tickets go on sale this summer. For information, call 919-680-2787 or email customerservice@dpacnc.com. More details at dpacnc.com.