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Release: April 27, 2001

(NOTE TO EDITORS: "Riverdance" has been selling several hundred tickets per day -- which, of course, can’t go on forever. Several of the performances are closing in on sell-outs. Before you go with this story, you should probably give a call to the box office for the most up-to-the-minute information about ticket availability.)

'Riverdance' sets new Hancher Auditorium ticket-sales-revenue record before opening

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Riverdance -- The Show," which will be performed eight times May 2-6 in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, has already set the auditorium’s all-time ticket-sales-revenue record. At the end of sales on April 25, the Hancher box office reported that "Riverdance" ticket revenues stood at $864,328 -- easily eclipsing the $825,571 in gross ticket sales for the most recent run of the musical "Les Miserables."

The first run of "Rent" slipped to third place, with a final total of $804,280 in ticket sales.

At the closing of the box office on April 25, a few tickets were still available for each "Riverdance" performance, with by far the best selection of seats available for the Thursday matinee. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3; at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

Corporate sponsors for "Riverdance" are Iowa State Bank and Trust Company and Dahl Ford of Davenport, Inc., through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the Wednesday and Thursday performances are $55, $45 and $30 ($49.50, $40.50 and $27 for UI students). All tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances are $60, $50 and $35.

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 is answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is TDD-equipped for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

For UI arts information, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa> on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>. Learn more about the Irish music, dance and song of "Riverdance" at <www.riverdance.com>.