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The eleventh hour

June 22, 2014

By Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

June 22--Gifts come in different packages. Thomas Tkach and the workers at Popejoy Hall got a great gift when "The Book of Mormon" came calling around Easter this year.

"We were nearly done with our brochure for the new season," Tkach says. "We got the call that the production wanted to come to our market and we pushed the printing deadline."

The 49th season for Popejoy Hall is led by the addition of the Tony Award-winning musical -- the production won nine to be exact -- and is just the tip of the iceberg for the diverse season, which opens in October and goes through May 2015.

"The Book of Mormon" will play for a limited one-week engagement on Sept. 15-20, 2015.

Tkach, director of Popejoy Hall, says the goal each year is to bring a diverse group of productions for the entire state.

"We have productions that are coming that are appealing to a lot of different groups," he says. "We do a lot of surveying to ensure that what we bring to Popejoy is what New Mexicans want to see."

In addition to "The Book of Mormon," the La Vida Llena Broadway in New Mexico season will feature "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical," "Chicago," "Camelot" and "Million Dollar Quartet."

La Vida Llena Broadway in New Mexico Extras include "Blue Man Group," and "Mamma Mia !"

"I think these two shows have become part of people's lives," he says. "It's great we're able to present them."

The Ovation Series features 22 national and international touring shows. Among the productions coming are "Pilobolus," a highly inventive dance company; "Wuthering Heights," performed live by Aquila Theatre Company; "H.M.S. Pinafore," performed by the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players; "The World of Jessica Fellowes," a talk by Downton Abbey historian Jessica Fellowes; and "Stormy Weather," the story of Lena Horne featuring Mary Wilson.

The Popejoy Presents season opens Oct. 15 with "Over the Rainbow," a cabaret-style tribute to Judy Garland starring Hilary Kole.

Tkach says there will be 64 performances of 29 shows set for the upcoming season.

Current season ticket holders can renew their subscriptions beginning today. New season ticket orders will begin on Aug. 1. Visit or for more information on how to purchase season tickets and single tickets.

Here is the upcoming season for the Broadway in New Mexico:


Nov. 11-16 -- "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical" features the hit songs "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original animated special.


Jan. 15-18 -- "Chicago," which has a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.

March 19-22 -- "Learner and Loewe's Camelot" recounts the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty and brotherhood.

June 4-7 -- "Million Dollar Quartet" is the Broadway musical inspired by the story of the famed recording session where Sam Phillips brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Sept. 15-20 -- "The Book of Mormon" is a nine-time Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of "South Park." Feb. 5-7 -- "Blue Man Group" is a high-octane theatrical experience that surrounds the audience with comedy, music and technology. April 10-11 -- "Mamma Mia!" combines ABBA's greatest hits, including "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me" and "The Winner Takes It All," with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. The Ovation Series will feature:


Oct. 15 -- "Over the Rainbow: A Tribute to Judy Garland" Oct. 26 -- "ABBA Mania" Nov. 2 -- "The Manhattan Transfer" Nov. 7 -- "Philobus" Nov. 9 -- "Wuthering Heights" Dec. 13 -- "Mariachi Christmas" Dec. 14 -- "The Kingston Trio" Dec. 19 -- "An Irish Christmas"


Jan. 29 -- "The Sleeping Beauty" Jan. 30 -- "Cirque Zuma Zuma" Feb. 8 -- "The World of Downton Abbey: Jessica Fellowes" Feb. 21 -- "Canadian Brass" Feb. 22 -- "Shaolin Warriors"March 8 -- "Reinventing Radio: An Afternoon with Ira Glass"March 14 -- "Stormy Weather: The Story of Lena Horne starring Mary Wilson"March 15 -- "H.M.S. Pinafore" March 17 -- "Legends of Irish Dance"March 29 -- "The Hit Men" April 19 -- "A Midsummer Night's Dream" April 25 -- Martha Graham Dance CompanyMay 9 -- David Sedaris


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