SOURCE: Broadway in New Mexico

Broadway in New Mexico

April 19, 2010 17:19 ET

Popejoy Presents Broadway in New Mexico 2010-2011 Season Line-Up Announcement

Something WICKED Is Coming to Albuquerque in 2011

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - April 19, 2010) -  Popejoy Presents has announced that their 2010-11 Broadway in New Mexico Series in Albuquerque will feature the New Mexico premiere of WICKED in January 2011 at Popejoy Hall. Called "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety and just named "the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times, WICKED continues to thrill performing arts audiences around the world. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and 3 Tony® Awards, there are currently eight productions of WICKED worldwide.

Popejoy Hall also announced other musical and performing arts productions in the 2010-11 Broadway in New Mexico Series: The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, Fiddler on the Roof, and Grease, with CATS as a Broadway in New Mexico bonus.

The National Tour of WICKED will make a stop in Albuquerque at Popejoy Hall for 24 performances. The show will run for three weeks, from January 26 - February 13, 2011.

"The Popejoy Presents engagement of WICKED has been highly anticipated, and will have a major economic impact on the city of Albuquerque. For this engagement alone, over 40,000 patrons are expected to attend," stated Tom Tkach, Director of Popejoy Hall. Tkach went on to say, "WICKED has been a very highly requested production, and we are pleased to present its premiere as part of the 2010-2011 Broadway in New Mexico Series."

According to The Broadway League, for every dollar spent on a theater ticket, three dollars are spent in the local economy. Based on that statistic, the premiere engagement of WICKED could contribute an estimated $6 million, and the overall total 2010-2011 Broadway in New Mexico Series could contribute an estimated $10 million in economic impact to the local economy in the form of hotel reservations, restaurant dining, shopping revenues, and spending on other local services. 

For its 44th season, Popejoy Presents will bring 27 events for a total of 78 performances to New Mexico audiences. The Albuquerque season will cover a range of genres from touring Broadway shows, performing arts extravaganzas, comedy shows, Shakespeare theater, musical theater, dance performances, and much more. The 2010-2011 Popejoy Presents season begins October 14 of this year and extends into June of 2011, all sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico.

Popejoy Presents season ticket offerings are divided into two categories: Broadway in New Mexico and the Ovation Series. To subscribe, one must purchase a minimum of the five-show Broadway in New Mexico package or any four Ovation Series shows. Broadway in New Mexico Bonus: CATS can be added to any subscription.

The Ovation Series features 21 shows, including: Peking Acrobats, back by popular demand; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare's timeless comedy; Broadway rock musical Spring Awakening; and David Sedaris reading from his works. Other notable shows include DRUMLine Live, seasonal favorite Mariachi Christmas, The Music Man and The Mikado.

Ovation Series and Broadway in New Mexico season tickets for Popejoy Hall are available for renewing subscribers starting at the renewal party on April 18 and online and via mail starting April 19. New subscribers can buy their season tickets starting at the New Subscriber Party on May 2 and online and via mail starting May 3.

Show Descriptions for the Popejoy Presents 2010-2011 Season

Benise -- The Spanish Guitar
Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:30pm
Benise and his Emmy Award Winning 'Nights of Fire' cast returns to the stage with an all new world music and dance production. Benise's "The Spanish Guitar" will take us to worlds both far away and deeply personal, and remind us that hope can be the healing thread in all our lives. Presented in partnership with KNME.

DRUMLine Live
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 8pm
Sunday, October 17, 2010, 3pm
DRUMLine Live struts on stage with riveting rhythms, bold beats and electrifying energy. Based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition, DRUMLine Live resounds with soul-infused music, intense drum riffs and colorful choreography in a spectacular, synchronized musical showcase.

John Tesh LIVE in Concert
Music & Intelligence for Your Life
Sunday, October 24, 2010, 3pm
John Tesh's concerts celebrate everything he is passionate about -- music, dance and family. A spectacular evening of incredible music, hip-hop, lighting and staging effects combined with the talents of his amazing band, the show becomes a high-energy evening of intelligence, music and dance for the entire family. $100 fundraiser tickets will include Gold Circle seats at the concert, fine wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a chance to meet John Tesh! Sponsored in part by Magic 99.5 FM

Cirque Mechanics Boomtown
Friday, October 29, & Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8pm
Cirque Mechanics performers, formerly with Moscow Circus, Cirque du Soleil and other world-renowned companies, strike it rich by setting their newest creation in an 1865 mining town, where an unlikely discovery sets off a series of hilarious and unexpected events full of the lore, excitement and adventure of the old west.

The President's Own -- The United States Marine Corps Band
Sunday, October 31, 2010, 3pm
Founded in 1798 by an Act of Congress, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional musical organization. They perform a varied repertoire including new works for wind ensemble, traditional concert band literature, challenging orchestral transcriptions and the patriotic marches that made it famous. Free admission. All seats general admission. Limit four per order.

Dr. Maya Angelou
Sunday, November 7, 2010, 3pm
As a poet, educator and director, Dr. Angelou travels the world, spreading her legendary wisdom. A mesmerizing vision of grace, she captivates her audiences lyrically with vigor, fire and perception and shatters the opaque prisms of race and class between reader and subject throughout her eleven best-selling books.

ABBA MANIA -- The Abba Tribute Show
Sunday, November 14, 2010, 7:30pm
Relive the magic of ABBA with ABBA Mania, two hours of uplifting, dance-inducing and sometimes heartbreaking songs, live with fantastic staging, lighting and effects. Join in the fun and relive all your favorite ABBA tunes including "Mamma Mia," "Voulez Vous," "Dancing Queen," "Winner Takes All," "Super Trouper" and many more.

Danú -- A Christmas in Ireland: An Nollaig in Éirinn
Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:30pm
In Ireland, Christmas is a two-week celebration filled with joyful music and dance. The members of Danú honor the season in grand Irish style with the songs and traditions culled from their own families. Lift your voice with Danú in a hearty, heartfelt evening of virtuosity and kindred spirits.

The Color Purple
December 10-12, 2010, 5 performances
Nominated for eleven Tony® Awards, The Color Purple is a soul-stirring musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable story of a woman named Celie, who finds her unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy®-nominated score featuring jazz, gospel and blues, The Color Purple is capturing the hearts of young and old.

Mariachi Christmas
Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:30pm
A vibrant tradition continues! Mariachi Christmas returns for its 12th season. The thrilling horns and whirling dancers bring the colorful celebrations of a Mexican Christmas to our stage. Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte returns alongside a guest mariachi troupe to ring in the season with the pride and pageantry of all of Mexico.

A Christmas Carol Musical
Wednesday, December 22, & Thursday, December 23, 2010, 7:30pm
With all the warmth and comfort of a cup of Christmas cheer, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan production of A Christmas Carol is packed with laughter, pageantry and gorgeous costumes. Every memorable detail of Dickens' tale springs to life, from spine-chilling ghosts to deeply-felt carols, bringing the joy of Christmas to you and your family.

January 26-February 13, 2011, 24 performances
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One -- born with emerald green skin -- is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete -- and completely satisfying -- new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

On Broadway and around the world, WICKED has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" and "the defining musical of the decade" (The New York Times).

Spring Awakening
Friday, February 18, 8pm & Saturday, February 19, 2011, 2 & 8pm
Broadway's most talked-about musical is the biggest Tony Award winner in years. This groundbreaking fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll has awakened Broadway like no other musical of its time. Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget. We agree with The New York Times: "Broadway may never be the same again!" Parental discretion is advised. Mature content, including brief partial nudity, sexual situations, and strong language.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, February 20, 2011, 3pm
In his lifetime, Glenn Miller became the unquestioned king of dance band leaders in the Swing Era. His unique sound sent his band's records to the top of the charts with hits like "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," "Tuxedo Junction," "A String of Pearls" and the timeless "In the Mood."

Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 7:30pm
Passion, power and perfection are the principles that drive Dance Theatre of Harlem. Whether performing in the company's celebrated neo-classical style or stepping out into other forms, the company's commitment to its core values shines through every performance, consistently bringing audiences the very best in dance theater.

The Music Man
Saturday, March 5, 2011, 3 & 8pm
Fast-talking salesman Harold Hill cons Iowans into buying musical instruments for a band he'll organize, though he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef! His planned escape collapses when he falls for Marian, the librarian. Filled with favorites like "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Goodnight My Someone" and "Till There Was You," The Music Man is the perfect All-American Musical!

Legally Blonde the Musical
March 11-13, 2011, 5 performances
The hilarious MGM film is Broadway's new smash hit musical. Meet sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. This "Feel-Good Song and Dance Juggernaut" (New York Magazine) is "The Best New Musical Around!" (WOR).

The Aluminum Show
Friday, March 18, 8pm, & Saturday, March 19, 2011, 3pm & 8pm
Movement, dance and visual theater come together in a style never before seen on stage. Through special effects, creative mechanics and acrobatic dance, inanimate objects come to life with energy, emotion and personality. Industrial materials accompany the movement to create a luminous and reflective world of amazing shapes and imaginative creations.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 3pm
Shakespeare weaves a web of magic that takes us to an enchanted forest. Love and its attendant complications -- passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and, of course, marriage -- all reign supreme, even for the Fairy King and his Queen, outlasting the antics of the impish and delightful Puck.

Martha Graham Dance Company
Friday, March 25, 2011, 8pm
Three years ago, for a September 11th performance, the Martha Graham Dance Company commissioned three choreographers to create variations of Martha Graham's masterpiece, "Lamentation." So moving were these new pieces that the company commissioned more choreographers to do the same. The result is a stunning evening of modern dance.

Peking Acrobats
Sunday, April 10, 2011, 3 & 7:30pm
Back by popular demand! The Peking Acrobats have toured the world with their awe-inspiring acrobatics. These gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers transform 2000-year-old athletic disciplines into a kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder. This is their 25th Anniversary Tour, which will feature the Women's Peace Orchestra of China.

Fiddler on the Roof
April 15-17, 2011, 5 performances
Relive a glorious tradition of the musical theatre with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF has won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were A Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset," FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience.

David Sedaris
Thursday, April 21, 2011, 7:30pm
With sardonic wit and incisive observations, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most perceptive writers addressing the human condition today.

The Mikado
Sunday, May 1, 2011, 3pm
The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players bring The Mikado to Popejoy. The company performs in the traditional mold, combining a modern playfulness with respect for the creators' original intent. A full orchestra accompanies the story of an executioner who must execute himself to keep up with the job's demands.

Cinco de Mayo: Fiesta Mexicana
Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:30pm
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Popejoy! Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla. Fiesta Mexicana depicts the historic event through choreography. The performance also features folklore of Puebla and Mexican traditions of mariachi music, folkloric dancers and Charro ropers.

May 13-May 15, 2011, 5 performances
The one that you want is back! GREASE, Time Magazine's 2007 pick for "#1 musical of the year," rocks in this new production direct from Broadway. Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds. "Bad boy" Danny and "girl next door" Sandy fall in love all over again to the tunes of your favorite songs: "Summer Nights," "Greased Lightnin'" and "We Go Together," as well as songs from the hit movie: "Grease," "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "You're the One That I Want."

June 3-5, 2011, 5 performances
There's no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theater than with the magic, the mystery, the memory of CATS. What began as a musical about cats after Andrew Lloyd Webber picked up a book of poems in an airport bookshop has become one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. Winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, CATS features 20 of Webber's timeless melodies, including the hit song, "Memory."

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