Show went on, and ticket holders are not happy

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 10:36 PM

RALEIGH — That old show-business adage saying the show must go on was lost on a lot of people who couldn't travel to see a performance of "The Book of Mormon" in Durham.

The Broadway musical went on with Wednesday night's show despite icy conditions created by a winter storm. That storm snarled traffic throughout the Research Triangle area, and led officials to cancel the basketball game between archrivals Duke and North Carolina.

In Raleigh, a performance of "Les Miserables" was canceled because of the weather.

Sherry Bailey of Cary called the box office at the Durham Performing Arts Center and was told that Wednesday night's show would go on no matter what.

"I mentioned the governor declaring a state of emergency, and the box-office guy totally brushed me off," Bailey said. "'Oh, that's just so they can get federal aid quicker. It doesn't mean anything,' he said. Then he told me, 'Good luck getting here.'"

Bailey and a lot of people didn't see the performance. A photo circulated on social media suggested that the 2,700-seat hall was half-full.

Management of the DPAC issued a brief statement saying people with concerns could contact them via email and the center would follow up with them.