NME After Print: The Producers at Popejoy Hall (Review)

The national tour of The Producers has landed at Popejoy Hall. Mel Brooks’ hilarious adaption from the big screen to the stage is not for the unadventurous theatergoer. Music, Hitler, and a web of half-truths send Bialystock, an on-the-outs producer, and Bloom, a want-to-be producer, down an ominous path. Bloom and Bailystock’s “secretary-slash-receptionist,” Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yansen Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson, steals the show whenever she steps on stage. With The Producers' campy score, upbeat choreography, hilarious script, and excellent sets, it’s easy to see why this show won twelve Tony Awards. The misadventures of the trio make rich ground for grandly humorous outcomes - you wi

January 2016 - Cover Story: Perlman on Fire

There is a meme circulating on Facebook that says “You can fairly judge a man based on what movie he knows Tim Curry from. As I prepare for Albuquerque Comic Con this year and one of their headlining guest, Ron Perlman, this meme can easily apply to him. In the business for almost 40 years, Perlman has created some of the most memorable characters in film and television history. The choice to play these particular character stems from Perlman’s childhood history. He once said, “I had a perception of myself that was, I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self-image...this experience is one thing that attracts me to playing these sorts of deformed people who are ve

January 2016 - Let Us Entertain You: The Peking Acrobats

A troupe of China’s most gifted performers bring their 2,000-year-old acrobatic traditions to Albuquerque. Tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts perform unbelievable feats of dexterity, skill, and strength while accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments. Don’t miss The Peking Acrobats and their impressive acts at Popejoy Hall on Friday, January 15, 2016, at 8 pm. A fusion of acrobatics, drumming, and special effects, the performance celebrates the rich folk art traditions of an ancient culture while blending those traditions with 21st-century technology. During the show, The Peking Acrobats backflip across the stage, demonstrate incredible bal

January 2016 - Let Us Entertains You: The Producers

Award-winning comic sensation The Producers takes the stage at Popejoy on January 28 through January 31, 2016. The Producers is the hilarious Mel Brooks smash-hit that took Broadway by storm in 2001, winning a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1968 film of the same name, this Mel Brooks masterpiece chronicles the side-splitting adventures of washed-up Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom, as they scheme to get rich quick by producing the most notorious flop in the history of “showbiz.” It’s a comic tour-de-force that spoofs the big, old-fashioned Broadway musical while paying tribute to it at the

January 2016 - Make 'Em Laugh: Paula Poundstone

Thirty-two years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country -- stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She went on to become one of our country’s foremost humorists. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular rascal of a weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. Watch for Paula as she lends her distinctive voice to the character “Forgetter Paula” in the new Disney Pixar film Inside Out about a young girl Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job. The movie chronicles and the emotional roller coaster that change can bring. Poundstone tours regularly, performi

January 2016 - Extras: Albuquerque Comic Con

Albuquerque Comic Con will return to the city of Albuquerque in the newly remodeled Albuquerque Convention Center. The event starts on Friday, January 8th with a press conference at the Civic Plaza outside of the Convention Center at 3:00 pm with celebrity Guest Michael Dorn who played Worf from Star Trek and Peter Mayhew of the Star Wars franchise, including the record-breaking Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The event continues on Friday with doors to the Convention floor opening at 4:00 p.m. for Preview Night until 8:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, January 9th and 10th, doors open at 9:00 a.m. for VIPs and those needing special assistance, with entrance for the general public at 10:00 a.m.

January 2016 - Follow-Up: Albuquerque Honors Holly Holm

On December 6th, 2015, Holly Holm was honored by the City of Albuquerque and the State of New Mexico in a trolley parade and grand presentation held in Civic Plaza. Approximately 20,000 spectators gathered to hail the Albuquerque native, who defeated Ronda Rousey for the Bantamweight title. Both Mayor Berry and Governor Martinez presented Holm with an Executive Order proclaiming December 6th Holly Holm Day. Holm also received the key to the city. “You here...Albuquerque made this possible,” said Holm. My career started here and it wasn’t just my team that helped me believe in myself, but the support of Albuquerque. Thank you so much.” Mayor Berry shared that Holm earned her success as a ro

January 2016 - Make 'Em Laugh: Nicolina Nicthe

“I like my humor like I like my wine - dark and dry” Nicolina Nicthe. With her big personality and even bigger stage presence, Nicolina took to the stages of Albuquerque three years ago, bringing her brand of stand-up comedy to New Mexico. Drawing on her experiences of dating in the digital age and surviving life with people, Nicolina is full of quips that will bring you to tears. “Everything is so impersonal nowadays and I love comedy because it still creates a personal connection.” In the time of sexting and swiping, Nicolina wants to bring personal connections back. Stand-up comedy allows her to do it. Connecting to an audience is no easy task, but when it happens it can be an amazing ni

January 2016 - Behind the Scenes: Jean Cocteau takes on book signings

The Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe is a restored movie and show theater. Made famous by its owner, George RR Martin, the theater specialize in independent films and showing Game of Thrones on the big screen. Not a place to back down from controversy, it was one of only a handful of theaters in New Mexico that showed The Interview during the holidays in 2014 when the mainstream cinemas wouldn’t touch it. This year it has taken another step in ring versatility to theater - book signings. Not just any old run-of-the-mill books - New York Times bestselling authors are on this list. In 2015, cyberpunk/science fictions authors paved the way with William Gibson and Neal Stephson making stops in Sa

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