‘The Book of Mormon’ Is as Funny as Ever at DPAC!

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The Book of Mormon Company – The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

“The Book of Mormon” was a tremendous hit when it first hit Broadway back in 2011 and judging by the huge crowd at DPAC this past Wednesday night the show remains as popular as ever. The excellent touring production currently on stage in Durham through this Sunday is full of laughs, catchy tunes and heart.

This Tony and Grammy award-winning musical tells the story about a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries sent halfway around the world to a small village in Uganda that is dealing with some very serious problems like diseases, poverty, and abuse from a tribal warlord. Things do not go as planned As the two naive and overly ambitious missionaries try to convert the villagers.

The self-centered and over-confident Elder Price (Kevin Clay) has a crisis in his faith and goes on a soul searching journey of redemption that comes full circle by the end of the show. Meanwhile the awkward by well meaning Elder Cunningham (played by the hilarious Conner Peirson) steps up the challenge and tries to convert the villagers by telling stories that merge the Mormon faith with modern pop culture from Star Wars that results in lots of laughs along the way.

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Monica L. Patton, Kevin Clay, Conner Peirson – The Book of Mormon (c) Julieta Cervantes 2017

Everything about “The Book of Mormon” is outrageous, which is to be expected from the creators of “South Park.” But the story is never cruel nor does it take itself too seriously. Abd you can’t help but be drawn in by the catchy tunes, excellent choreography and the simple but beautiful sets of this wonderful production.

Yes the show does revolve on poking fun at Mormonism, but you could argue it is really pointing out the flaws of all religions while highlighting the strength of their valuable lessons as well and that if we should be really nice to everyone and make our planet our own paradise.

THE BOOK OF MORMON has performances through Sunday, August 12th at The Durham Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/the-book-of-mormon-2





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Tickets for Hamilton at DPAC go on sale August 18th!


Producer Jeffrey Seller and DPAC announce today that tickets for HAMILTON will be available online through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, on Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 AM Verified Fan is a new fan-facing technology from Ticketmaster that allows pre-registered fans to unlock access to tickets without competing against scalpers and bots.

Jeffrey Seller states, “Verified Fan is the newest program to make tickets available to theatre-goers at regular prices. I am confident that it will be a valuable service to our fans.  We know how challenging it is to buy tickets and this new Ticketmaster program will make the process a whole lot easier.”

Ticketmaster Verified Fan® registration begins today and will close Wednesday, August 15 at 11:59 PM ET.  Visit https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/hamiltondpac to register.

Those who registered will be notified by Ticketmaster via email on Friday, August 17 if they have been selected for the Verified Fan on sale. The Ticketmaster Verified Fan® on sale will be available for purchases online only.

Tickets will be available for performances November 6 – December 2, 2018.  

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household for the engagement.  Tickets range from $78.50 – $188.50, with a select number of $398.50 premium seats available (prices do not include tax and service fees).  There will be a lottery for forty (40) $10 seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Blue Cross NC Ticket Center at DPAC (123 Vivian St.), starting at 10:00 AM ET on Saturday, August 18 for in-person sales. Tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase by phone.  Additional seats will be made available for sale closer to the engagement.

Blue Cross NC Ticket Center Purchases at DPAC

A limited number of seats will be available for sale at DPAC beginning at 10 am ET on Saturday, August 18. No camping permitted. A wristband lottery will be in effect to determine place in line. Wristband distribution will occur Aug. 18 from 7:00 AM ET to 8:30 AM ET on the plaza to the west of DPAC. There are many other important details you need to know to be ready to buy on-site. Click here to read and print the Ticket Center Purchase Guide.

HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical In the Heights. 

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Complete HAMILTON FAQ:  https://www.dpacnc.com/home/hamilton-dpac-complete-faq

How does Ticketmaster Verified Fan® On Sale Work?

Prospective tickets buyers will need to register for an access code through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan® system from August 8 through August 15.  Those who are verified and selected will receive an access code on August 18 that unlocks the opportunity to purchase tickets via the Verified Fan on sale.  If you have been randomly selected to receive a code it will unlock the ability to access tickets. However, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are not guaranteed. Registering for the program does not guarantee that you will receive an access code for the Verified Fan on sale.

If verified and randomly selected, you will receive an access code via text message. The first message(s) will include timing details and a link to where you can purchase your tickets, immediately followed by another text containing your unique offer code. Keep your phone handy – you’ll receive text messages 2-4 hours before the sale begins.

How do I register?

Go to https://verifiedfan.ticketmaster.com/hamiltondpac August 8 through August 15 and connect your Ticketmaster account to register.

How do I know if my Verified Fan registration was submitted?

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. Receiving a confirmation email only means your registration has been submitted. It does not mean you will receive an offer code. Fans may only register once.  Multiple registrations will disqualify you from the Verified Fan event.

Please note: Registering does NOT guarantee you will be verified, receive a code or have the ability to purchase Verified Fan tickets.

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Bull City Race Fest Discount Code


Bull City Race Fest – October 21, 2018 – Durham, NC

There is still a lot of summer left before us, but for those of you gearing up for fall race season you may already be looking ahead to your races scheduled for October. One great local Triangle race is the Bull City Race Fest in Durham on Sunday, October 21st.

Bull City Race Fest Discount Code
As you know, the registration price for a race typically increases the closer you get to race day. You can  save $5 off registration by using the discount code “BCRFJOHN

Bull City Logo

This is the 6th year for the Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo. The event offers several race options with great courses through downtown Durham. After running you can enjoy a post-race Food Truck Rodeo and Beer Garden. Race day activities include:

  • Gorgeous Half Marathon
  • Fantastic 5 Mile Run
  • Family Friendly 1 Miler!
  • Food Truck Rodeo
  • Beautiful Octoberfest Beer Garden
  • Kids Experience Zone to keep everyone entertained

For more information about the Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo visit http://bullcityracefest.com.

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“The Book of Mormon” Returns to DPAC August 7th-12th


Kim Exum, Conner Peirson – The Book of Mormon
(Photo by Julieta Cervantes)

The Book of Mormon returns to DPAC next month with performances August 7th through August 12th. This is an incredibly popular musical has been performing to sellout crowds since it first hit Broadway in 2011. I’ve been looking forward to seeing for quite some time and am thrilled I will have a chance to catch it when it rolls into Durham.

The musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Wood in a small village in Uganda. It is a comedy, but is deals with religion in an unlikely place. So how is that funny you ask? Well all you need to know is that the script, lyrics, and music were all written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, and Matt Stone – otherwise known as the creators of “South Park”. So you just know that there will be lots of laughs and based on all the rave reviews the show has received that is exactly what I am expecting.

I recently spoke by phone with Kayla Pecchioni who plays Nabalungi, the principal female lead in the show, to find out what it is like to be part of such an unusual musical and get a better understanding of what to expect from this popular show.


Kayla Pecchioni

When did you know you wanted to be on stage and Work in Theater?
My grandmother was the one who pushed me towards theater and acting stage. She was a very strong influence on me. The rest of my family is made up of doctors and lawyers. I am kind of the odd ball. My grandmother was big in theater, and big in music.  I started taking dance classes by the time I was six years old and dance has always kind of been my thing. Actually it wasn’t until much later, around my last year of high school that I realized I loved to act and sing. I decided to study theater in college and that has grown into the career I have today.

What were some of your first acting jobs before landing the role in Mormon?
I spent some time performing internationally with Norwegian Cruise Line and then landed a singing role with the The Rockettes at Radio City in NYC. That lead to an opportunity to perform in “Dream Girls” for a four month stint in South Korea. It was an amazing experience. When I returned from Korea I was back working at Radio City when the opportunity to audition for The Book of Mormon came up. I landed the part and headed out on tour a few weeks later and have been with the production for about 7 months now!

What can you share about your character and her role in the show?
My character’s name is Nabulungi. It is a tough name to say so she gets called many different names during the course of the show. I like to describe her as the “Disney-type” princess or village sweetheart because everyone in the village just loves with her.  When missionaries come into town my character tries to get the villagers to follow them and their Mormon teachings. My character is very hopeful that she can help her people find their way to paradise… but she doesn’t have much luck at first but there sure are a lot of laughs as she tries.

What do you want people to take away from seeing Mormon?
The show is so in your face and funny that at first some people may not fully grasp the message, but it will make you laugh and that is what I hope people do. In the end, the show is less about making fun at the Mormon faith and more about self-belief and the power to make change for good. Even for the people who come to see the show multiple times they will see new things or something that they missed previously every time they come back. Because you know each time you see it you are laughing so hard so often that you might miss the next joke.

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Kayla Pecchioni and Conner Peirson
The Book of Mormon

THE BOOK OF MORMON has performances Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 12th at The Durham Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/the-book-of-mormon-2

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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th at Metro Diner!


Chicken & Waffles

This Friday, July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day and if you haven’t been to the Metro Diner yet this is the perfect excuse to check them out and try one of their special fried chicken dishes. I stopped by their North Raleigh location earlier this week to give their famous Chicken & Waffles a try. It was really good and a HUGE portion! So much so I had leftovers for lunch the next day so it has sort of been a National Fried Chicken Week for me at this point.

The Chicken & Waffles are made with half a chicken that is brined to ensure juicy flavor in each bite and then double-fried so the skin has the perfect crunch. The chicken is served with a light, fluffy Belgian waffle topped with homemade strawberry butter. My waiter suggested I put a few drops of Louisiana Hot Sauce in my warm maple syrup to make a perfect sweet & spicy dipping sauce – it was a great suggestion!

Dining Room at North Raleigh’s Metro Diner

Another crowd favorite is at Metro is the fried chicken plate that also comes with half a fried chicken, mashed red-skinned potatoes and brown gravy, veggies, and a fresh baguette. Both the plate or the chicken and waffles are perfect choices if you are looking to celebrate Nation Fried Chicken Day in Style this Friday!

But don’t worry, there are plenty of other great items on the menu if fried chicken isn’t your thing. Metro offers everything you would hope for from a diner – from breakfast all-day, to awesome sandwiches and salads, daily special specials and classics like “The Meatloaf Plate” and “Big Bern’s Fried Pork Sandwich”. You’re sure to find something you will love!

Breakfast at Metro

Metro Diner first started in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1992 by chef and owner Mark Davoli and his father, John. There are now more than 50 locations across the US. The North Raleigh spot has only been open for a little under two years now, and I am really happy we have one in the Triangle and recommend you check them out.

The Metro Diner – North Raleigh

Try to go early if you go on a weekend. It can get quite busy for breakfast, but it is totally worth the wait!

Metro Diner
6325 Falls of Neuse Road (In the shopping center with Fresh Market)
Raleigh, NC 27615

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