CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
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Iowa City IA 52242
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'Rent' becomes highest-grossing show in history of UI Hancher Auditorium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Broadway musical "Rent" has become
the highest-grossing show in the history of the University of Iowa Hancher
Auditorium. Several days before the opening of the Feb. 23-28, eight-performance
run, "Rent" receipts have already surpassed the previous record
of $717,000, set by "Les Miserables" in it's most recent Hancher
Tickets are still available for all the "Rent" performances,
however, including $20 front-row seats, which will go on sale at the box
office windows two hours before each performance. Prospective $20-ticket
buyers are urged not to form a line before 8 a.m. each day.
Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 23-26, and 2 p.m.
and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and 28.
"Rent," the winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and
the Pulitizer Prize for Drama, is proving very popular on the road, with
two companies currently touring in the United States, and a third in Canada.
In Des Moines, where the show was performed the week before its arrival
in Iowa City, the entire eight-performance run sold out after only a single
At the UI, Telegroup, Inc., is the corporate sponsor of "Rent"
through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from The
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa,
dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is
toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services
should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office
personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair
access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is
equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr/
on the World Wide Web.