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Who were some of the big-name acts that performed in Brogden Hall?

Ben Steelman
StarNews

Built in 1954 as a combination auditorium and basketball court for New Hanover High School, Brogden Hall has seating for 3,585 in its theater configuration, according to New Hanover County athletic officials. That made it the largest venue in Wilmington, until 5,200-seat Trask Coliseum was dedicated at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1976.

Brogden Hall was the site of Azalea Festival coronations and pageants through much of the 1950s and ’60s, which meant that a host of stars — including future president Ronald Reagan, Tar Heel favorite Andy Griffith and Azalea Queen Polly Bergen appeared there.

Among memorable performances, Tyrone Power appeared at Brogden Hall in a staged reading of George Bernard Shaw’s “Back to Methuselah” shortly before his death in 1958. The production was a touring version of his earlier Broadway appearance in the play.

And o Nov. 1`1, 1967, Louis Armstrong and his band gave a concert in Brogden Hall that by all accounts blew the audience away. For an account, click here.

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6 Responses to “ Who were some of the big-name acts that performed in Brogden Hall?”

  1. On June 5, 2016 at 10:13 am David Colwell wrote:

    I saw Kenny Rogers and the First Edition as well as BJ Thomas (who, by the way, was awful and performed for maybe an hour).

  2. On June 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm CCC wrote:

    Heatwave 1977 opening act the Sylvers

  3. On June 8, 2016 at 9:17 am Jeff Cook wrote:

    I saw Cheap Trick and Foreigner play there in mid 70’s.

  4. On June 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm b.casey wrote:

    I saw the USAF band there several times and always remembered the place had NO air conditioning and don’t know if it has it now or not

  5. On June 21, 2016 at 2:29 pm Danny wrote:

    Heart, Jimmy Buffet, Todd Rundgren.

  6. On December 1, 2016 at 5:56 pm Gino Barille wrote:

    Steely Dan, Yes as well as all the top country music acts – Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, etc. – of the 60’s played in Brogen Hall.



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