DuPont Theatre in Wilmington
“Flashdance” plays the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington Jan. 29-Feb. 5.
photograph by Barry Crell
While scheduling shows for her second year at the famed DuPont Theatre—a place that has hosted some of the greatest shows and actors to ever play Broadway—general manager Annmarie O’Hara-Townsend found herself booking no less than its centennial season. No pressure—other than the self-imposed goal of topping last year’s lineup. “I always want to choose the highest level of Broadway entertainment available,” O’Hara-Townsend says—which is no less than patrons have expected for the past 100 years. The theater’s season begins with “Elvis Lives” on Oct. 2, a multimedia journey that celebrates the music of The King. Cole Porter’s classic “Anything Goes” follows Oct. 30-Nov. 4, then the fractured fairy tale “Shrek the Musical” Dec. 4-9. Look for “Flashdance” Jan. 29-Feb. 3, phenom “Dreamgirls” April 2-7 and the soulful “Memphis” April 30-May 5. The hits keep comin’ with other shows, a terrific children’s series and Smart Talk. If all goes as O’Hara-Townsend plans, “Hopefully, this will be remembered as one of the best seasons ever.” Don’t miss the theater’s big birthday party in Rodney Square on Oct. 1. (Wilmington, 656-4401, duponttheatre.com)