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Popejoy Press: New Subscriptions Available Now!

The 2018-2019 season includes six Broadway shows, headlined by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Blockbuster Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Also coming as part of the Haverland Carter Broadway in New Mexico series are Finding Neverland, The Sound of Music, Kinky Boots, and the newly-restaged Cats. RENT 20THANNIVERSARY TOUR will also tour to Popejoy as a Broadway Extra.

An international mix of music, theater, and dance fills out the remainder of the season, including a concert by Broadway star Lea Salonga, a new stage adaptation of Mary Shelley'sFrankenstein, a 50th anniversary performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the international sensation Che Malambo. These shows and 15 more make up the Ovation Series. Both the Broadway in New Mexico Series and the Ovation Series are brought to the stage under the Popejoy Presents umbrella.

"We're excited to bring this inspired collection of Broadway shows and world-class artists to Popejoy Hall next season," said Tom Tkach, director. "The five shows in our Broadway series are all either new to Popejoy audiences, or masterpieces wonderfully reworked. The Ovation shows represent a mix of exciting, new artists or audience favorites, many with new shows. And our subscribers know that they always get the first chance at tickets for all the great shows we offer each and every year.

New subscriptions are available now! Subscriptions for the Broadway in New Mexico Series start at $210 while an Ovation Series subscription is available starting at $60 for four shows.

Subscriptions can be purchased online, over the phone at 505-277-9771. To subscribe, patrons choose either the five-show Broadway series or any four shows from the Ovation Series. Subscribers can add as many other shows as they like.


Finding Neverland

Dec 13-16, 2018, 6 Performances

The winner of's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart," says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, "It's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony® winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award®-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).

The Sound of Music

Jan 24-27, 2019, 6 Performances

The hills are alive! A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Popejoy Hall. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by "The Trapp Family Singers" by Maria Augusta Trapp. The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when "The Sound of Music Live!" aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

Kinky Boots

March 7-10, 2019, 6 Performances

Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy® and Tony® award-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father's expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory's future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. With direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography. Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. "There is no show hotter than Kinky Boots!" - CBS News.


May 16-19, 2019, 6 Performances

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater-"Memory". Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!
Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life for a new generation... or let it thrill you all over again!


June 12-16, 2019, 7 Performances

Tony and Grammy Award-winning Blockbuster Beautiful - The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song, Beautiful has a book by and Tony® Award nominee and Academy® Award nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award®.



Feb 15-17, 2019, 4 Performances

In 1996, An original rock musical by a little known composer opened on Broadway... and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENTcontinues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20thth anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters-love.
Subscribers may add tickets to RENT 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR to their 2018-2019 subscription. Seating is first come, first served.


Steel Magnolias

Sun, Nov 4 at 3PM

Within the walls of Truvy's beauty shop, set in the deep bayou of Louisiana, six women form bonds of friendship that change their lives for the better. Both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. Performed as a radio play, this L.A. Theatre Works production explores the power of friendship in a touching story of female empowerment and resilience.

In the Mood

Fri, Nov 16 at 7:30PM

25th Silver Celebration Tour
In the Mood, a 1940s musical revue, delivers an infectious blend of swing dancers jitterbugging and jiving to the unforgettable hits from the heyday of Big Band music! In the Mood singers and dancers perform with the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, playing the greatest hits of the 1930s and '40s, including hits by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, The Andrews Sisters, and more. Revisit the singing and dancing of the Greatest Generation in this nostalgic showcase of timeless treasures.

Mariachi Christmas

Sun, Dec 9 at 3PM

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of a radiant New Mexico tradition: Mariachi Christmas! The swirling skirts, vibrant violins, and cheery trumpets set the stage for delightful holiday folk music and dance. Mariachi Aztlan and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Ballet Folklorico lead the festivities with traditional style and joy. Don't start your holidays without Mariachi Christmas!

The Doo Wop Project

Fri, Dec 21 at 7PM

The Doo Wop Project astounded our audience last year. They return with a fresh taste of their dancing, styling, and pure showmanship. These five charismatic Broadway stars - backed by their hot five-piece band - tear it up, "re-doo-ing" the classics and adding their versions of contemporary pop hits by stars like Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Maroon 5. In between, they sprinkle in some "doowopified" Christmas classics. A perfect way to ring in the holidays.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Sun, Jan 20 at 3PM

Grace. Power. Beauty. The Golden Dragon Acrobats, choreographed by Danny and Angela Chang, create sensational shows based on centuries of traditional Chinese acrobatic arts. They make the impossible look effortless through a combination of award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance and spectacular costumes. The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring breathtaking skill, jaw-dropping power, and spellbinding beauty for one performance only.

The Capitol Steps

Sun, Feb 10 at 3PM

The Capitol Steps have been skewering our nation's politicians left, right, and center for more than 35 years. They began as a group of Congressional staffers planning entertainment for a Christmas party. When they couldn't find three wise men and a virgin in all of Washington, they settled on satire. As long as our politicians keep providing material (is that even an issue?), they'll keep going. They turn headlines into laugh lines on a daily basis and put the "mock" in democracy.

Sleeping Beauty

Wed, Feb 13 at 7:30PM

The Russian National Ballet Theatre performs Sleeping Beauty with deft artistry and grace. With a timeless score by Tchaikovsky, and beautiful choreography by Marius Petipa, the ballet captures the delight, the fantasy, and the drama of the cherished story. Often considered the crowning achievement of Petipa's career, Sleeping Beauty melds masterful storytelling and constant surprises with an exquisite sense of romance.

Ailey II

Tue, Feb 19 at 7:30PM

The Next Generation of Dance
The talented dancers of Ailey II are renowned for captivating audiences and translating their strength and agility into powerful performances. Under the artistic direction of Troy Powell, this critically-acclaimed company presents vibrant performances and innovative community programs across the country and internationally. The Ailey spirit shines as these artists perform an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes Alvin Ailey's timeless classics and thrilling new works by today's outstanding emerging choreographers.

Murphy's Celtic Legacy

Sun, Feb 24 at 3PM

Featuring dancers and musicians from Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Woman, Murphy's Celtic Legacy presents an invigorating performance of Irish Dance reborn. The show's original tale draws from Irish folklore - Kings and Queens, rebels and magic, and epic battles between good and evil. Created by Chris Hannon, former principal dancer for Lord of the Dance, Murphy's Celtic Legacy features original choreography combining traditional Irish and modern dance fused with multimedia elements, all accompanied by a seven-piece band.


Sat, Mar 2 at 8PM

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has haunted our collective imagination for 200 years. First published in 1818, her novel is considered the first true science fiction novel, a classic that explores science's potential in opposition to its consequences. Victor Frankenstein creates life and, dealing with the repercussions of his actions, he must destroy his own creation. Aquila Theatre's production of this timeless piece creates a bold and thrilling homage to Shelley's original novel.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sun, Mar 3 at 3PM

The ever-creative Aquila Theatre brings Shakespeare's most fanciful play, A Midsummer Night's Dream, to life. Journey to the enchanted forest with four young lovers as the bard weaves a magical web made of misplaced affections, misguided intentions, and mischievous fairies. Full of memorable characters - Puck, Oberon, Hermia, and Nick Bottom - and the famous "play within a play," A Midsummer Night's Dreamis an unforgettable tale of love and all of its complications.

Piano Battle

Sun, Mar 31 at 3PM

Back by popular demand with a whole new program, two internationally accomplished pianists, Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, go head-to-head on twin grand pianos. They each charm and enchant the audience with a variety of pieces. The two artists, with distinct performance styles, offer vastly different interpretations in turn by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy. It's classical performance with a competitive edge - and you get to crown the winner at the end of the night.

The Midtown Men

Sat, Apr 6 at 8PM

Stars from the Original Cast of Jersey Boys
They took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all-time. Now on their eighth national tour, The Midtown Men are bringing their magic to audiences everywhere, singing their favorite "Sixties Hits" from The Beatles, The Rascals, The Turtles, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.

Sister's Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?

Sun, Apr 7 at 3PM

Celebrate the Easter season with Sister as she answers time worn questions like "Why isn't Easter the same day every year?" and "Will my bunny go to heaven?" Part pageant and Holy hysterical, this latest Late Nite Catechism show unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps. Sister answers questions about pet heaven and those adorable baby chicks! Classroom participation is a must, so don't forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat!

Lea Salonga

Tue, Apr 9 at 7:30PM

A star of Broadway and London's West End, Lea Salonga originated the role of Kim in Miss Saigon, and played both Eponine and Fantine in Les Misérables. She brought us joy singing both as Jasmine and Fa Mulan, in Disney's hit films Aladdin and Mulan. A Tony and Olivier-Award winner, Salonga sings with a powerful voice and perfect pitch. She'll perform her Broadway hits, Disney favorites, and an exciting array of pop and musical theatre standards in one special concert event

Hotel California

Fri, Apr 12 at 7:30PM

Hotel California, with their show A Salute to the Eagles, blends extraordinary vocal and musical talents to accurately reproduce the sound of the Eagles studio recordings live on stage. The classic sound transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country while delivering a modern, action-packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium. Finally, audiences can once again experience live such timeless classics as, "Take it Easy," "HeartacheTonight," "Hotel California," and "Love Will Keep Us Alive."

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Wed, Apr 17 at 7:30PM

The Celebration of Our 50 Years
Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a powerful vision for ballet in the 21st Century. An unparalleled presence in the dance world, the 16-member, multi-ethnic company performs a forward-thinking repertoire including treasured classics, neoclassical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, as well as innovative contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African-American culture. Through performances, community engagement, and arts education, the dancers carry forward Dance Theatre of Harlem's message of empowerment through the arts for all.

Che Malambo

Fri, Apr 26 at 7:30PM

Powerhouse, all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo storms into Popejoy Hall with its thrilling percussive dance and music spectacle celebrating the art of the Gauchos (South American cowboys). Their combination of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song embodies gaucho tradition and features zapeteo (fast-paced footwork) Argentine bombos, and whirling boleadoras (throwing weapons made of cords and stones) electrifying audiences worldwide with their strength and passion.

David Sedaris

Sun, May 5 at 4:00PM

Witty, clever, and sardonic, David Sedaris returns to Popejoy to read from his latest works. He is a master of satire and one of today's most observant writers addressing the human condition. Beloved for his short stories and personal essays, over ten million copies of his books have been printed in 25 languages and his stories have appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Essays. His latest book (May 2018) is Calypso. May contain mature content.

About Popejoy Hall
Popejoy Hall is the premier performing arts center in New Mexico. Seating up to 1985 patrons, Popejoy is the largest multi-purpose venue in the state. Following a major renovation in 1996, Popejoy hosts touring Broadway shows, symphony concerts. musical solosits and artists of international caliber, world-renowned ballet and modern dance companies, and noted speakers from a broad spectrum of disciplines.

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