DPAC adds $1.9M to city cof­fers – be­fore ‘Hamil­ton’

The Herald Sun - - Front Page - BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN dvaughan@new­sob­server.com Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919- 419- 6563; @dawn­bvaughan

The city will get $1.9 mil­lion from the Durham Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, thanks to an­other solid year for the city-owned venue down­town.

Al­most half a mil­lion tick­ets were sold for DPAC Broad­way tours, con­certs and other events this past fis­cal year. That Broad­way sea­son in­cluded “The Color Pur­ple,” “Waitress” and “On Your Feet.”

Af­ter watch­ing a video pre­sen­ta­tion of DPAC events, Durham City Coun­cil mem­ber Ver­netta Al­ston quipped that she needs to get out more.

Mayor Pro Tem Jil­lian John­son said she al­ready has her tick­ets to “Hamil­ton,” the Broad­way block­buster that opened its Durham run on Tues­day night. Mayor Steve Schewel said he had not gone to see “Hamil­ton” in New York City yet be­cause he was wait­ing to see it at DPAC.

And Coun­cil mem­ber Char­lie Reece showed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for DPAC shows with com­ments in­laid with ref­er­ences to “Hamil­ton” quotes, like how Durham had to “wait for it.”

The money from the 20172018 fis­cal year that ended June 30 is part of an agree­ment with DPAC man­age­ment Ned­er­lan­der/PFM. The $1.9 mil­lion, which is still pre­lim­i­nary and yet to be au­dited, will go into the city’s DPAC Fund, which pays for build­ing im­prove­ments, main­te­nance, debt ser­vice and any rev­enue short­falls. DPAC’s net in­come was $6.9 mil­lion.

Of the 488,900 tick­ets sold last year, there were 130 sold out shows of 219 events.

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