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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

address  2 E. South St.
 Raleigh, NC  27601
phone (919) 831-6060
parking $4

Upcoming Events

West Side Story

Musical, Drama, Play
Tony and Maria - two young, idealistic lovers - find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. They fight to find a place for themselves in a violent world, only to discover that love doesn’t always have a happy ending. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story takes the tale of two star-crossed lovers to new heights. Heart-wrenching and captivating, this musical will take you on a journey through passionate scenes, romantic ballads, and fiery dance numbers.
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 • Wed 10/16/19 at 7:30pm 
 • Thu 10/17/19 at 7:30pm 
 • Fri 10/18/19 at 7:30pm 
 • Sun 10/20/19 at 7:30pm 

We Will Rock You

Queen, the legendary band fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatre. The action takes place in a futuristic world where rock music is banned.
Band Dynamics
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 • Thu 11/7/19 at 8pm 

David Sedaris

Solo Performance, Signing/Readings, Comedy
Tweaking the familiar until it warps; David Sedaris mines poignant comedy from his peculiar childhood in North Carolina, his bizarre career path, and his move with his lover to France. David Sedaris' wickedly witty observations of the ordinary-bizarre is always sure to deliver insights and laughs. One of six children in a second-generation Greek family, he grew up in Raleigh, NC. In 1977, he dropped out of Kent State University to hitchhike around the country. Aside from working as an elf, Sedaris has worked a number of charmingly quirky jobs such as a house painter, an apple picker, an aide in a mental hospital, a creative writing teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago, and an apartment cleaner. Sedaris made his comic debut recounting his strange-but-true experiences of being a Macy's elf, reading his "Santaland Diaries" on National Public Radio's Morning Edition in 1992. His sardonic humor and incisive social critique have made him one of NPR's most popular and humorous commentators. In 2001, he was named Humorist of the Year by Time magazine and received the Thurber Prize for American Humor. The author of "Barrel Fever" and "Holiday on Ice," as well as bestselling memoirs "Naked," "Me Talk Pretty One Day," "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim," "When You Are Engulfed in Flames" and most recently, "Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls," his next book, "Theft by Finding," due out in the summer of 2017, will be a collection of his diaries.
humorist;radio;autobiography;National Public Radio;NPR;David Sedaris;Orpheum
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 • Sun 12/1/19 at 7pm 

Carolina Ballet Presents the Nutcracker

Classical Dance, Holiday
Join us as we celebrate Carolina Ballet’s family favorite of more than two decades, The Nutcracker. A holiday tradition that’s perfect for the whole family, ours is the only performance of The Nutcracker in the country with illusions created by the renowned magician, Rick Thomas. This full-company production features Carolina Ballet's world-class dancers bringing Tchaikovsky's enchanting score to life. Carolina Ballet is sure to put a little extra wonder in your holiday season with this magical production.
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 • Wed 12/18/19 at 7pm 
 • Thu 12/19/19 at 7pm 
 • Fri 12/20/19 at 2pm 
 • Fri 12/20/19 at 7pm 
 • Sat 12/21/19 at 2pm 
 • Sat 12/21/19 at 7pm 
 • Sun 12/22/19 at 1pm 
 • Sun 12/22/19 at 5pm 
 • Mon 12/23/19 at 7pm 
 • Mon 12/23/19 at 2pm 
 • Fri 12/27/19 at 7pm 
 • Sat 12/28/19 at 2pm 
 • Sat 12/28/19 at 7pm 
 • Sun 12/29/19 at 2pm 

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy- and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan as Charlie Price struggles to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business. Help arrives in the unlikely form of a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. (Ages 13+)

“Big Broadway in the best way! A splashy, bouncy, smart show with a heart.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
Kinky Boots;Broadway
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 • Tue 2/11/20 at 7:30pm 

David Foster's Hitman Tour Featuring Katharine McPhee

Sixteen-time GRAMMY® award-winning songwriter and one of the most successful producers in history, musical icon David Foster is embarking on a nationwide tour, performing songs from his unparalleled catalog. Foster will be accompanied by his four-piece band and stellar guest singer, star of American Idol and NBC’s Smash, Katharine McPhee. David Foster has written nearly one hundred hit singles and dozens of movie songs and scores, receiving three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. His iconic power ballads have become timeless classics, made famous by industry titans like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and many more. Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster.
concert;David Foster;Kauffman Center
Event Info: (800) 982-2787
Price: $49.05 - $109.95
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 • Tue 4/28/20 at 8pm-9:30pm