“Durham Performing Arts Center Chooses Ticketmaster To Provide Ticketing Services for Research Triangle’s New Cultural Venue” DURHAM, NC & WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (PRNewswire) Mon,...

“Durham Performing Arts Center Chooses Ticketmaster To Provide Ticketing Services for Research Triangle’s New Cultural Venue”

DURHAM, NC & WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (PRNewswire) Mon, Mar 31st 2008 – The Durham Performing Arts Center has chosen Ticketmaster, the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, as its exclusive ticketing services provider. The performing arts center, operated by the Nederlander Organization in partnership with Professional Facilities Management (PFM), will host many of Broadway’s most loved shows, including an inaugural mini-season full of world-class performances. A 10th anniversary tour of Rent, starring original leads Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal, will kick off the season in January 2009, followed by Fiddler on the Roof in March, Legally Blonde the Musical in April, Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple in May, and Wicked as the main attraction for the 2009-2010 season.

“We’re expecting audiences to embrace these world-class performances as our new venue becomes a staple of arts and culture in the Triangle,” said Bob Klaus, Durham Performing Arts Center general manager. “There is great anticipation and energy surrounding the Durham Performing Arts Center’s opening, and we are looking forward to benefiting from Ticketmaster’s great technology, service and expertise.”

Ticketmaster will begin selling tickets to the 2,800 seat downtown venue in mid-2008. Patrons throughout the region will have easy and convenient access to the venue’s tickets and information online at Ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster’s Charge-by-Phone Network, and at Ticketmaster retail ticket center locations, including Lowes Foods stores throughout the Raleigh-Durham area. Season subscriptions are available now through http://www.dpacnc.com.

“We are proud and honored that the Durham Performing Arts Center has entrusted Ticketmaster to provide the public with the best possible ticketing services as this great facility opens its doors,” said Jared Smith, general manager, Ticketmaster Carolinas. “We will work hard to provide exceptional service and to connect patrons in the region to this new and exciting venue.”

In addition to Broadway shows, the performing arts center will feature concerts, dance performances and comedy adding up to an estimated 100 event nights per year. Rising downtown in the American Tobacco Historic District adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Performing Arts Center will be the largest facility of its kind in the Carolinas. It will feature impressive sightlines with the farthest seat less than 135 feet from the stage.

About the Durham Performing Arts Center
The Durham Performing Arts Center (http://www.DPACnc.com) is a 2,800 seat multi-use theater currently under construction downtown in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Spearheaded by the City of Durham, the $44 million facility is the creation of Chapel Hill architects Szostak Design and Dallas-based developer Garfield-Traub. On track for completion in December 2008, the venue will become the largest of its kind in North and South Carolina, featuring top Broadway performances, concerts, family shows and other events booked in partnership between Professional Facilities Management (known industry-wide as PFM) and the Nederlander Organization. This spectacular cultural landmark will draw audiences from around the state to more than 100 shows each year and features convenient access off I-40, I-540 and I-85 with more than 3,500 parking spaces within walking distance of the venue.

About Ticketmaster
As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through http://www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 6,700 retail outlets; and 23 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 9,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2007, the company sold more than 142 million tickets valued at over $8.3 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).

SOURCE Ticketmaster

CONTACT: Scott Misner of Durham Performing Arts Center, +1-919-235-0940; or Joe Freeman of Ticketmaster, +1-310-360-2344

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