Broadway comes to downtown Durham

February 28, 2008 5:22:54 PM PST
Supporters hope the new performing arts center will be a perfect match for downtown Durham.

The center is set to open by the end of the year. It will be the largest in North and South Carolina ?recruiting big Broadwa& titles with star-studded casts.

Nederlander and PFM, big names in New York City, will work together to bring some of the biggest blockbusters to the Bull City.

"This building will host the best in all forms of world class entertainment that plan in our theaters nationally will come to Durham," said Lynn Singleton with PFM.

An announcement Thursday promises to offer a show stopping season. Among the huge hits for Broadway Carolina's first tour;

  • Rent from Jan. 20-25, 2009
  • Fiddler on the Roof from March 17-22, 2009
  • Legally Blonde the Musical from April 14-19, 2009
  • Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple from May 12-17, 2009

"The shows we're announcing today, all four of those shows will play in Durham within the first three to six months of their tour, so you're getting the first team, you're getting the varsity," Singleton said.

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium's Broadway Series South and now Broadway Carolina will offer more choices in Arts and Entertainment and competition.

"There are so many great performing arts centers in the regions, we're just going to work hard to find a place," said Bob Klaus with the Durham Performing Arts Center.

I defiantly think with the growth in the region that we can defiantly sustain two theaters and we're not going to be bringing the same things so people can travel here, travel there," Broadway Series South Representative, Rachel Gragg added.


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