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Wait for ‘Hamilton’ dates is over

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The national tour of “Hamilton” comes to Popejoy Hall from Jan. 19-Feb. 7, 2021. It will have 24 performances. (Courtesy of Joan Marcus)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — “Hamilton” is the centerpiece of Popejoy Hall’s upcoming 2020-21 season.

The wait is over as the dates have been set.

The Tony Award-winning musical will call Popejoy Hall home for 24 performances from Jan. 19-Feb. 7, 2021.

“Since we announced last year that it was coming, the excitement for the show has been extraordinary,” said Tom Tkach, director of Popejoy Hall. “In so many ways, we expect it to be the biggest show ever in Popejoy Hall.”

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.”

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“Hairspray” will return to Albuquerque at Popejoy Hall in April 2021. (Courtesy of Phil Martin and Jeremy Daniel)

“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 musical — 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.

Subscribers to Popejoy’s 2019-20 season who renewed their subscriptions for the 2020-21 season will be able to guarantee their seats for “Hamilton” before tickets become available to the general public.

“It was the largest subscription number we’ve seen,” Tkach said. “We’re expecting the entire run to sell out.”

Single ticket sales have not been announced yet.

In addition to “Hamilton,” the Haverland Carter Broadway series will also bring “Anastasia,” “The Cher Show,” Hairspray” and “Jersey Boys” to Albuquerque.

The Ovation series will feature 21 shows which include “The Temptations,” “Christmas with The 5 Browns,” “The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour” and “Lucy Loves Desi.”

Other highlights include a performance by Irish band Danú on St. Patrick’s Day, “A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” The Ten Tenors performing their concert “Love Is in the Air,” and the Capitol Steps.

“We are very proud of our season as a whole,” Tkach said. “We know people are very excited to see ‘Hamilton’ here in New Mexico, and we hope that they enjoy all the great entertainment we have in store for them next season.”

Tkach said he sees the Broadway shows and then the team waits to see what is offered to Popejoy on a national tour.

“We are looking for the right mix of revivals and new shows,” he said. “We also take into consideration of what would go over well with Albuquerque for our patronage. Even the single shows that we book. We try to find new things.”

Terry Davis, marketing manager, said Popejoy conducts preseason surveys of potential shows.

“We communicate with about 100,000 households,” Davis said. “From around the state. With parts of Colorado, West Texas and Eastern Arizona. Obviously the bulk of it is concentrated in the Albuquerque.”

Tkach is looking forward to planning the next season for Popejoy.

“We’re looking at trying to get ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ which would be another great thing for the community,” Tkach said.


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