‘Viva! El Paso’ Returns to the Canyon This Weekend
Rejuvenated and refreshed after a one year break, "Viva! El Paso" will begin telling the story of El Paso's history once again. The locally produced show officially returns to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre this Friday, June 19.
The summer musical delighted locals and tourists alike with its colorful costumes and entertaining dance numbers for 36 years before various issues, including a decline in tickets sales and infighting, led to the decision to put it on pause in 2013. While on hiatus, a new alliance was formed between the city, the El Paso Community Foundation, and UTEP with the goal of reviving the show. And now, with its legal and financial woes behind it, the rebooted "Viva!" will once again chronicle the 400 year history of El Paso through song and dance.
The outdoor production, which has been "refreshed" while keeping its most popular elements, will be performed against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains each Friday and Saturday from June 19 to August 8. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.