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Broadway the Durham Way

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Broadway is back at DPAC! Get swept up in the musical theater magic with your very own Durham Broadway getaway.

Posted By Natalie Minott on Oct 11, 2021

It's time for songs, costumes, and choreography that will keep you on the edge of your seat and take you on a magical ride to another dimension. Yes, Broadway is back at Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), so get your tickets and plan the perfect weekend trip to Durham.

With so many incredible local restaurants, lodging options, and activities in the Bull City, it can be hard to choose your weekend itinerary. No worries. Sit back, relax, and let us help you plan your Broadway weekend the Durham way.

1. Ain't Too Proud to Beg | Dec 7 - 12

Support Black-owned Businesses all Weekend

Prepare your tastebuds for a taste of Ethiopia in the heart of Durham at Goorsha. Whether you select a communal plate to share or an individual portion, each dish is full of flavor. After dinner, walk a few blocks to DPAC to watch The Temptations' signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies in "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Next, hit up The Slush, Durham's new alcohol slushie bar, before retreating to the Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast for a goodnight's sleep.

The next morning, grab coffee, pastries, and, books at Rofhiwa Book Cafe, and take in the soulful sophistication and mellow vibes at the Beyú Caffè for lunch. Afterward, sign up for a Bull City Laughs tour and experience Durham through the eyes of a comedian.

2. A Christmas Story | Dec 28 - Jan 2

Make it a Family-Friendly Weekend

Filled with quirky and lovable characters, Broadway's "A Christmas Story" will keep the whole family laughing. Before the show, head to Pompieri Pizza, a casual and family-friendly spot, serving wood-fired Neopolitan-style pizza, salads, craft beer, and cocktails. (If you visit on a Sunday, ask about their family meals!)

After the show, head to the Millennium Hotel Durham and take a late-night swim in the indoor pool. For an additional $15 per child, add the Ask Alfred amenity to your room booking. Kids will receive an Ask Alfred backpack filled with goodies, including a teddy bear, organic gummy bears, a crayon activity set, and much more. Wake up the next day ready to explore the Museum of Life and Science and dine at Elmo's Diner, a family-friendly restaurant serving breakfast all day, as well as spaghetti, fajitas, and barbecue.

3. Rent | Jan 28 - 30

Support LGBTQIA-owned Businesses all Weekend

Kick off your night with dinner at an old gas station turned hip LGBTQIA-owned Southern eatery. With plenty of outdoor seating and a menu full of tasty options just a mile from DPAC, GRUB Durham is a great dinner spot before your show. After dinner, watch the story of a group of young people and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, and paying their rent. Later, head to your room at Unscripted, a vibrant, community-focused hospitality destination that regularly hosts drag events on the rooftop pool. It's also just a four-minute walk away from the LGBTQIA-owned Arcana Bar & Lounge, so pop in for a drink and a live show.

After you get your beauty sleep, it's mead time. Head to Honeygirl Meadery for hand-crafted meads, wines made with honey, and ferment with added fruits, botanicals, and flowers. Visit their tasting room with expanded outdoor seating to enjoy a mead by the glass or a mead flight. All you mead is love!



4. Oklahoma! | March 29 - April 3

Make it a Farm-Fresh Weekend

Before you step back into time with "Oklahoma!" and the story of a farm girl, make a reservation at COPA for a pre-theatre farm-to-table dinner. With its elegant atmosphere and farm-fresh ingredients, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Also, they recently shifted their hours to make sure they're open before all DPAC shows!

After the show, head home to the Arrowhead Inn, where everything is made from the freshest ingredients, including herbs from their gardens and local farmers’ produce. In the morning, enjoy your freshly brewed coffee or tea out on the sunlit veranda, and then visit Happy + Hale for freshly made juice, smoothies, salads, and hearty protein bowls.

5. Pretty Woman | April 19 - 24

Make it a Fancy Weekend

Tonight, you fancy. Your reserved table at NanaSteak, surrounded by abundant natural light, awaits. Enjoy drinks and appetizers at the bar or dine from a menu full of local North Carolina fare. Yes, the Durham Performing Arts Center and NanaSteak are in the same building, so you won't have to walk far to see Vivian embark on a journey of self-discovery in "Pretty Woman."

When the musical finishes and the curtains close, it's time for post-show cocktails! Stop by Alley Twenty Six or Kingfisher for a hand-crafted drink or two, and then head to your penthouse suite at The Durham Hotel, a modern and upscale luxury hotel in the heart of downtown. Make sure to get a good night's sleep because adventure awaits the next day. Start your morning with The Durham Hotel's rooftop yoga session, and then pop over to Press Coffee for sweet and savory crepes and coffee.

6. My Fair Lady | May 3-8

Support Women-led Businesses all Weekend

One of Durham's newest woman-led restaurants, Plum Southern Kitchen & Bar, has been wowing people for a little over a year. Reserve a table in their vibrant space and enjoy a plate from their menu that blends Southern flavors with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Wash it all down with a glass of wine, and then watch Eliza Doolittle light up the DPAC stage in "My Fair Lady."

Take off those heels and make your way to 21c Museum Hotel, a multi-venue contemporary art museum full of art displays and event space – in addition to luxurious guest rooms. Get pampered at the in-house spa and wake up ready to explore more of Durham. First, stop by Cloche Coffee for your morning cup of java, then spend the afternoon snapping the perfect selfie at the Selfie Symposium, a new event venue in South Durham.

7. Hamilton | May 17 - June 5

Make it a Weekend for the History Books

With a unique combination of hip hop, R&B, and soul, fused with historical facts about America's founding fathers, it's no surprise that "Hamilton" is a theatrical powerhouse. History lovers can see the show and then spend the weekend exploring historic sites in Durham. Start your evening with an unforgettable dinner at Namu, a restaurant that has perfected artistic fusings by bringing together Korean fare with craft coffee in a zen garden.

After you're blown away by Lin-Manuel Miranda's genius at DPAC, head to the brand new AC Hotel by Marriott Durham, a fusion of European design and true authentic Southern hospitality. In the morning, experience history at Bennett Place, the site of the largest surrender of the American Civil War and one of three historic sites within Durham County. Later in the day, stop by the Hayti Heritage Center, a cultural enrichment and arts education facility that preserves and advances the African-American experience through programs that benefit the broader community.


From hit Broadway shows to world-class concerts, superstar comedians, family shows, and more, here are the upcoming events at DPAC. Enjoy the show!

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About the Author

Natalie Minott - Content Marketing Manager

A mother and writer who loves celebrating people and telling their stories. Find me rocking colorful headwraps, singing Disney songs, and drinking too much coffee.