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Viva! El Paso returning for its 41st season with a few new twists

The El Paso tradition that is Viva! El Paso is returning for its 41st season with old favorites and a few new twists.

The colorful celebration of four centuries of El Paso’s unique history returns for 14 performances June 15 through July 28 at the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM. The July 20 and 21 shows will be performed in Spanish.

Viva! El Paso was created by Hector Serrano in 1978 and the show depicts 400 years of the El Paso area’s rich history.

The show will combine many of the popular songs, dances and characters from the past, such as the iconic deer dance, with a new one. Internationally known El Paso musician Jim Ward and music director Cody Ritchey have written a song for a new segment called El Paso: ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and Beyond .

Tickets for opening weekend June 15-16 are only $10. Regularly priced tickets are $24 for adults; $16 for children ages 2-12, seniors 65 and older and military with a valid ID.

Viva! El Paso tickets go on sale at 10 AM on Friday, May 11. Tickets may be purchased at, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and the Plaza Theatre Box Office. Service fees apply to online and telephone sales.

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