After only one year of competition from the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Raleigh’s Broadway Series South (BSS) announces it will no longer feature touring Broadway musicals (such as this season’s Jersey Boys, South Pacific, and Xanadu) in its programming.
Thanks to its partnership with the Nederlander Producing Company, DPAC’s Broadway series has had the inside track on newer and more popular touring shows — Spring Awakening, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast — and has succeeded in attracting many Raleigh Broadway-philes to Durham.
Calling Broadway shows a shrinking market, Jim Lavery, general manager of Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts (NCT’s performance venue), says they will focus more on touring companies like Cirque de Soleil and Riverdance, and musical tribute shows to boomer rock groups such as the upcoming Pink Floyd Experience.
But don’t despair, Raleigh folks. Still standing is the homegrown North Carolina Theatre, now in its 27th year of “producing major Broadway musicals of universal appeal”. NCT’s current season includes The Full Monty, Cinderella, Annie, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Another sad Broadway story (in two parts):