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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 engagement.

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 performance.

At the UI, Telegroup, Inc., is the corporate sponsor of "Rent" through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from The Gazette.

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.

2/19/99