DPAC has just announced key event statistics for the venue’s recently completed seventh season. Total attendance hit a new high mark of 448,998 guests, topping DPAC’s last record of 421,000 set in the 2011 / 2012 season. The seventh season also set new records with total events (224 events), total sellouts (112 sellout performances) and number of season seat members (15,167) for the signature series, SunTrust Broadway at DPAC.

DPAC Places among Top Two Theaters in newest National Attendance Rankings

 Unquestioned as the center for live entertainment in North Carolina, the combination of high profile Broadway, concert and comedy events has also gained DPAC attention on the national live entertainment scene with two of the nation’s top entertainment trade magazines ranking DPAC among the most highly attended venues in the country. In their just published July 20th, mid-year edition, Pollstar Magazine lists DPAC as #2 in attendance among reporting theatre venues in America as did Venues Today in their July issue. Since opening, DPAC had been consistently listed among the top five U.S. theatres, but in these newest rankings covering the first six months of 2015, DPAC was topped only by the iconic Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Pollstar National Attendance Rankings – Theaters: *(January 1-June 30, 2015)

  1. Fox Theatre, Atlanta GA  – 4,556 Capacity
  2. DPAC, Durham, NC – 2,712 Capacity
  3. Dreyfoos Hall, West Palm Beach, FL- 2,195 Capacity
  4. Broward Ctr. Au-Rene Theater, 2,688 Capacity
  5.     Carol Morsani Hall, Tampa, FL – 2,610 Capacity

Heading the list of the highest attended shows were Wicked (24 performances at DPAC) and The Phantom of the Opera (16 performances at DPAC).

In addition to Broadway blockbusters, DPAC presented 55 concerts, comedy and special events. Concert sellouts featured rock acts like Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp, legends Diana Ross and The Temptations and The Four Tops and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, jazz band singers Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., R&B icons Erykah Badu and Maxwell, and country singer-songwriter Vince Gill.  Plus comedy and special events also played a decisive role in DPAC’s season with Dave Chappelle and John Oliver posting record-setting sellouts as well as special performances by David Sedaris and So You Think You Can Dance Tour.

 Top Fifteen Concert Events – 2014 / 2015 Season*

  1. Diana Ross
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Erykah Badu
  4. Tony Bennett
  5. Maxwell
  6. Franki Valli and The Four Seasons
  7. Harry Connick Jr.
  8. Sarah McLachlan
  9. John Mellencamp
  10. Mannheim Steamroller
  11. Vince Gill
  12. The Temptations & The Four Tops
  13. Susan Boyle
  14. Isley Brothers
  15. Chris Botti

*July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015

Top Five Comedy Events

2014 / 2015 Season*

  1. Dave Chappelle
  2. John Oliver
  3. Chris Tucker
  4. Kids in the Hall
  5. Nick Swardson


*July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015


Top Five Special Events

2014 / 2015 Season*

  1. David Sedaris
  2. So You Think You Can Dance
  3. Garrison Keillor
  4. 50 Shades!
  5. Dancing Pros Live


*July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015