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 or refreshments at check-in, comfortable motor-coach transportation, a three-course gourmet luncheon or dinner 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 removed the requirement for proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test to attend Broadway touring performances. As social distancing at the venue is not an option, face coverings are recommended, but not required for all participants.

Promotional banner for four Broadway musicals: Dear Evan Hansen, The Book of Mormon, Moulin Rouge, and Six

Upcoming Shows

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Dear Evan Hansen

Best of Broadway Day Trip
Friday, November 5, 2022
Durham Performing Arts Center

Registration: $229

“One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.”

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. This is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Dear Evan Hansen has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says this show is “Theatrical magic. One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a breathtaking knockout of a musical.”

Dear Evan Hansen features a book by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal).

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The Book of Mormon

Best of Broadway Day Trip
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Durham Performing Arts Center

Registration: $219

“The funniest musical of all time.”

The New York Times calls it “the best musical of this century.” The Washington Post says, “It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.” And Entertainment Weekly says, “Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.” Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it “Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal.” It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the adventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. With standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation. (Contains explicit language.)

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Molin Rouge

Best of Broadway Day Trip
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Durham Performing Arts Center

Registration begins Dec. 5, 2022: $TBA

“Where life is beautiful, in a way reality never is.”

Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Welcome to Moulin Rouge, the musical!

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film from 2001 now comes to life on stage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. Directed by Tony Award® winner Alex Timbers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a theatrical celebration of Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and — above all — Love.

With a book by Tony Award® winner John Logan; music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award® winner Justin Levine; and choreography by Tony Award® winner Sonya Tayeh, Moulin Rouge is more than a musical — it is a state of mind.

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Six

Best of Broadway Day Trip
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Durham Performing Arts Center

Registration begins Dec. 5, 2022: $TBA

“The hottest ticket in town!”

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a Euphoric Celebration of 21st-century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over!

Featuring an all-woman cast and all-woman band, SIX has won 23 awards in the 2021/2022 Broadway season, including the Tony Award® for Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for!”

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