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Release: Feb. 7, 2001

Hit Broadway musical 'Chicago' comes to UI Hancher Auditorium March 2-4

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The hit Broadway musical "Chicago" -- winner of six Tony Awards and five Drama Desk Awards in 1997 -- will come to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for four performances: at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4.

Based on real events in the Roaring ‘20s, "Chicago" identifies itself in its opening lines as "a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all the things we hold near and dear to our hearts."

Nightclub dancer Roxie Hart has killed her lover, but a shrewd defense lawyer turns a crime of passion into celebrity headlines, making Roxie the toast of Chicago -- until other crimes pull away the limelight.

"Chicago" was created by John Kander and Fred Ebb -- the team that produced "Cabaret" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman" -- and its original 1970s run on Broadway was staged and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse.

The Broadway revival, which debuted in 1996, turned out to be an even bigger hit, launching the tour that’s coming to Hancher.

Ben Brantley wrote of "Chicago" in the New York Times, "It remains, far and away, the best musical for grown-ups in town. If you want to experience the exhilaration that was Bob Fosse, ‘Chicago’ remains the place to find it."

In Newsday, Linda Winer called the show, "Bliss! Edgy, erotic, funny and stylish!"

Wells Fargo is the corporate sponsor of the "Chicago" performances in Hancher, through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the Gazette.

Tickets for "Chicago" are $45, $42 and $37. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount on all tickets, and tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

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 (319) 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. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <>.

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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