DPAC No. 4 on Pollstar list

Jan. 10, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

For the fourth consecutive year the Durham Performing Arts Center has placed among the most attended theaters in the United States, as tracked by the industry-leading trade magazine, Pollstar. The magazine named DPAC No. 4 in the U.S. in their recent 2013 report of worldwide ticket sales of the top 100 theater venues. 

The top five theaters in the Pollstar survey, with their seating capacity, were Radio City Music Hall, New York, 6,015 capacity, No. 1; The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, 4,300 capacity; Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,600 capacity; DPAC,  2,712 capacity; and Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, 7,100 capacity.

The venue’s 2013 calendar featured 174 performances which drew more than 352,000 guests and saw 57 sellouts.  Heading the list of the highest-attended shows were “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical” and “Disney’s Mary Poppins.”

 “In 2013, Triangle audiences again helped us set new records,” said Bob Klaus, general manager at DPAC. “Our focus always starts with great shows, and every year, DPAC has one of the best Broadway, concert and comedy line-ups of any theater in America. The booking strength of Nederlander and PFM ensured that in 2013 every big show had DPAC on its list when planning a major U.S. tour,” he said.

The Durham Performing Arts Center opened in 2008. Since 2010, the venue has made Pollstar’s list of top five U.S. theaters.

Concert sellouts for 2013 featured classic acts John Fogerty and Alabama, country giants like Emmylou Harris with Rodney Crowell, R&B stars Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole, renowned artists like Tony Bennett, and special performances by Alton Brown and The Piano Guys.  Comedy also played a decisive role in DPAC's season with Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Jon Stewart posting record-setting sellouts.

The top five Broadway shows presented at DPAC in 2013 were “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - The Musical,” “Disney’s Mary Poppins,” “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” “Sister Act” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”

The top 10 concerts were Alabama, Celtic Woman, Tony Bennett, Gladys Knight & The O’Jays, Diana Krall, Il Divo, John Fogerty, Jack Johnson. Kings of the Mic Tour featuring LL Cool J, and Charlie Wilson.

The top five comedy performances were Jerry Seinfeld, Ron White, Robin Williams & David Steinberg, Bill Engvall & Larry the Cable Guy, and Jon Stewart.