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Release: March 10, 2000

'Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber' features biggest hits by popular composer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will present "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," a staged concert of songs by musical theater's most popular composer, at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28 and 29. The acclaimed touring production features a cast of 14 singers and the Philharmonia Europa Orchestra.

In addition to hits including "Jesus Christ Superstar," "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," "Memory" and "The Music of the Night," the concert features other popular compositions from Webber's "Requiem" and the musicals "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Evita," "Starlight Express," "Cats," "Whistle Down the Wind," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Aspects of Love."

In the last three decades, Lloyd Webber has built one of the most successful composing careers in theater history, including not only a string of long-running hits, but also an Academy Award, Tony Awards, Grammy Awards, Drama Desk Awards and numerous other honors in Europe and the United States. He was knighted in 1997, becoming Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. His "Cats," still running in London, will close this summer as the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Cantebury Inn and Suites is the corporate sponsor of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" are $40, $37 and $34. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area dial 335-1160. Long distance 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.

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