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Popejoy coup: ‘Hamilton’ on its way

Joseph Morales stars in the national tour of "Hamilton," which will be part of Popejoy Hall's 2020-21 season.

Joseph Morales stars in the national tour of “Hamilton,” which will be part of Popejoy Hall’s 2020-21 season.

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

The Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” is coming to Albuquerque.

But fans of the Broadway smash hit will have to wait a while, because it is scheduled for the 2020-2021 season at Popejoy Hall. Specific dates for its run have not been confirmed – only that it will be the headliner of the 2020-2021 season. Ticket prices also have not been set.

bright spot“Getting the producers of ‘Hamilton’ to commit to bringing their show to Popejoy Hall is certainly a coup for us. The touring companies sell out wherever they go,” said Tom Tkach, Popejoy director.

“To be able to bring a show to New Mexico that has that kind of appeal – for existing Broadway audiences and for those new to a Broadway musical – proves once again what a resource Popejoy is for our state.”

In recent years, Popejoy has presented successful musicals such as “The Lion King,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” “Kinky Boots” and “An American in Paris.”

“Popejoy Hall has been attracting steady attention from Broadway producers for some time because we’ve developed a healthy patron base of 86,000 households for Broadway and other shows,” Tkach said. “‘Hamilton’ saw that and committed to bringing their show here.”

Austin Scott and Carvens Lissaint in a scene from the Hamilton national tour. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

Austin Scott and Carvens Lissaint in a scene from the Hamilton national tour. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

“Hamilton” has been a cultural juggernaut since its off-Broadway debut in 2015.

It was nominated for 16 Tony Awards and took home 11 in 2016. And its national tours become hot tickets wherever it stops.

The play – written by Lin-Manuel Miranda – tells the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury secretary.

Some characters straight out of history that show up in the musical are: Marquis De Lafayette, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler, Phillip Hamilton and former Presidents George Washington, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway styles.

Subscribers to Popejoy’s 2019-2020 season who renew their subscriptions for the 2020-2021 season will be able to guarantee their seats for “Hamilton” before tickets become available to the general public.

The national tour of "Hamilton" is coming to Albuquerque.

The national tour of “Hamilton” is coming to Albuquerque.

“Currently, we don’t have other shows committed for the 2020-2021 season, but ‘Hamilton’ will certainly be the headline show. We do think that the 2019-2020 season will be a great prelude to ‘Hamilton,’ ” Tkach said.

The 2019-2020 season will bring the likes of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Waitress,” “Come From Away,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Bandstand,” “Broadway Princess Party” and more.

Subscriptions for the 2019-20 season are available now to renewing subscribers and will be open for sale to new subscribers in early June at popejoypresents.com/subscribe or by calling 505-277-9771.

Tkach anticipates an influx of interest for “Hamilton,” and the staff is preparing accordingly.

“We are upgrading our ticketing system through one of the largest ticket companies in the country,” he said. “They have successfully handled ‘Hamilton’ dates for other venues, so we feel confident that our patrons will not experience any issues with their ‘Hamilton’ ticket purchases when it comes time.”

His staff has also been reaching out to current presenting communities on how to handle the expected overwhelming demand. The national tour has performances planned this year in Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio and Austin, Texas; East Lansing, Mich.; Oklahoma City; and Providence, R.I., among more than a dozen other stops.

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