Let’s go see a show!

The Lifetime Learning Center (LLC) offers entertainment away from home with its Best of Broadway day trips. All performances feature professional shows directly on tour from Broadway, presented at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Leave the driving and planning to us and join in the fun and excitement of the Best of Broadway!

Registration fees include a continental breakfast at check-in, comfortable motor-coach transportation, a three-course gourmet luncheon at a fabulous Durham-area restaurant, and reserved seating at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). We invite you to leave the driving and planning to us and we’ll drop you off and pick you up at the front door of DPAC. Snacks are served on the return trip. We meet in the Orringer Auditorium Lobby on the New Bern campus for check-in. Departure times will vary based on the show times. All registrants will receive a letter/email with complete instructions about two weeks prior to each trip.

Registration for Best of Broadway events is available below. If you prefer, you can register by calling the LLC at 252-633-2618.

Please see our refund and ticket transfer policy and read the following DPAC announcement before registering for LLC Best of Broadway day trips.

ANNOUNCEMENT: DPAC has announced that it will be requiring proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of an event date, for entry into all events this fall including Broadway performances.

As one of the most successful entertainment centers in America, DPAC is joining with the nation’s largest owners and operators of theaters, arenas, amphitheaters, and festivals who are all implementing these same requirements. DPAC had determined that this is the best path forward for their guests, visiting shows, and their casts, crews, and performers, plus all of the valued staff and volunteers that help in hosting the superstar shows presented at DPAC.

Upcoming Events

Rain: a tribute to the Beatles with colorful Abbey Road album cover knockoff

RAIN - The Best of Abbey Road

Saturday, October 16
Registration Fee: $229 - Register Today!

This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press). Experience the world’s most iconic band and come celebrate The Best of Abbey Road – In addition to the updated sets that include state-of-the-art LED, high-definition screens and multimedia content, RAIN will bring the Abbey Road album to life.

Just like The Beatles, the onstage members of RAIN are not only supreme musicians, but electrifying performers in their own right!

Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Let RAIN take you back with the greatest hits along with all of your other Beatles favorites!

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The comedy musical Tootsie promotional image

TOOTSIE

Saturday, October 23
Registration Fee: $229 - Register Today! 

Call it “musical comedy heaven” (Rolling Stone), or call it “the most uproarious new musical in years!” (The Hollywood Reporter). Call it TOOTSIE!

This laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. Featuring a hilarious Tony® award-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek, this New York Times Critic’s Pick is “a joyful delight” that’s “so packed with punchlines, it should be called a joke box musical!”

Watch as the disliked Michael Dorsey takes to the stage and tries as hard as he might to pursue a role in any Broadway show he can find. After being told no one will hire him for his reputation as a poor actor approaching the ripe old age of 40, he decides to shake things up, take off the pants and throw on a dress to become the beloved Dorothy Michaels!

Watch him – and HER – tear up the stage with hands-down FABULOUS energy and flamboyancy in the leading roles!

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Promotional image for musical Hadestown

HADESTOWN

Saturday, February 19
Registration Fee: TBA - Registration opens November 1, 2021

Winner of EIGHT 2019 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, HADESTOWN will take you on a journey, “anywhere the wind blows,” all the way down to the deepest depths of the dreariest dark. Yet despite that dark, one man comes alive through his melodic music! That’s worth a lot.

Orpheus takes to the stage with his euphoric and mesmerizing voice, bringing the whole musical to life! Whenever the young boy brings life to the stage, the well-known god of the Underworld coats the room with a heavy, thick, dreary fog, giving the performance that feeling only Hades could give.

Anais Mitchell’s score is a joyful combination of folk, pop, Dixieland, and blues that will make you want to hear it again as soon as the lights come up!

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Promotional image for musical Hamilton

HAMILTON

Thursday, May 26
Registration Fee: $299 - Registration opens November 1, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda (musical composer) and Thomas Kail (director) came together to create this spectacular, revolutionary, and quintessential American masterpiece on the history of our very own country.

Bringing home 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Orchestrations, this production created a sensation when it premiered in 2018.

Alexander Hamilton, America’s Founding Father, takes charge with his very vocal and witty hubris throughout this production as he leads several men into the political war of the era for the reclamation of their country. He becomes George Washington’s right-hand man, along with Aaron Burr, who both know that “dying is easy, but living is harder,” and that they’re just like their country, they’re young, scrappy, and hungry and they are NOT throwing away their shot!

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