‘Motown,’ ‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Phantom’ coming to DPAC

Next season will also include ‘Pippin,’ ‘Annie’
Feb. 28, 2014 @ 09:37 PM

The first tours of “Kinky Boots” and “Motown the Musical” and the return of “The Phantom of the Opera” are highlights of the upcoming Broadway season at the Durham Performing Arts Center, revealed Friday night to a full house of season-ticket members.

“Motown the Musical” and “Kinky Boots” received the loudest cheers when they were announced. The promotional company of “Motown the Musical” performed a few songs on stage, including “My Girl,” “Get Ready” and “Dancing in the Street.” Singer Trisha Jeffrey said some of them will go on to the national tour or Broadway show. The tour starts in April.

“Motown the Musical” tells the story of Motown record-label founder Berry Gordy and the music of a generation that started in Detroit. The cast also portrays Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

After their performance at DPAC, “Motown” singer Todrick Hall said it’s awesome to perform music that connects with every generation. The songs spark a reaction from everyone, he said.

Singer Khris Davis said “Motown the Musical” tells everybody’s story and makes iconic people human. The tour will come to DPAC Feb. 17-22.

Also new on tour next season is “Kinky Boots,” with music by Cyndi Lauper. It won six Tony Awards last year, including Best Musical. It will be at DPAC March 10-15.

Hal Luftig, producer of “Evita,” which is coming to DPAC this month, also is producing “Kinky Boots.” Luftig said in a phone interview this week that “Kinky Boots” is a show about acceptance. A guy inherits a shoe factory, and if it goes down, so does the town, he said. So he goes to London, thinks he sees a woman being mugged and it turns out to be a drag queen. The drag queen has an idea for shoes.

“Not everyone’s going to be open to a show that has a drag queen in it. But it’s about being who you are and living your life with dignity,” Luftig said. He said he was surprised by the “brouhaha” after the “Kinky Boots” performance during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Hello, we’re in New York,” he said. Luftig plans to come to see the tour run at DPAC.

DPAC called its upcoming season its “I Love New York” season, with seven of the eight upcoming shows hits on Broadway.

The season opens with “Dirty Dancing,” a production currently in London’s West End and on tour in Great Britain. It’s based on the 1987 hit film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. “Dirty Dancing” will be at DPAC Sept. 16-21.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic “The Phantom of the Opera” returns to DPAC five years after its first stop in 2009, where it stayed for a month. This fall, “Phantom” will stay for two weeks, from Oct. 8-19. This North American tour is a new production by Cameron Mackintosh, with new scenic design by Paul Brown.

Leading into the holiday season is a show for children and adults with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Nov. 18-23.

“Annie,” which also is launching a tour after recent success on Broadway, will be another family show offered during the holidays. The optimistic orphaned girl who escapes her “hard-knock life” will be on stage Dec. 9-14.

The revival of “Pippin,” which won a Tony for best revival, will be at DPAC May 12-17.

The season ends with Disney’s “Newsies” June 2-7. “Newsies” won Tony Awards in 2012 for Best Score and Best Choreography and is based on the 1992 film about newspaper boys during their 1899 strike in New York City.

Season tickets will be available to buy or renew beginning at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at SunTrustBroadway.com. Prices vary depending on season packages of all eight shows or seven shows. For information, visit customerservice@dpacnc.com or call the DPAC Ticket Center at 919-680-2787.

Tickets for individual shows in the 2,700-seat theater will go on sale his summer and fall.

For information about DPAC, visit www.dpacnc.com.