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Release: Oct. 3, 2001

Tony Award-winning 'Cabaret' comes to Hancher Oct. 26-28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The revival of "Cabaret," which won four 1998 Tony Awards, will come to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for five performances -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28.

"Cabaret" was already an American musical evergreen before it was "re-energized," in the words of Time magazine's critic, to become the "Best Revival" on Broadway. The Roundabout Theatre's new staging occurred in the same year that the career of the "Cabaret" team of John Kander and Fred Ebb was recognized in the Kennedy Center Honors.

Veteran New York critic Clive Barnes proclaimed the revival, which is still playing in New York's legendary Studio 54, "The best musical on Broadway."

Powered by some of the best-known songs in the history of theater -- including the title song, "Willkommen," "Tomorrow Belongs to Me," "Mein Herr" and "Money" -- "Cabaret" tells the story of an English woman's romance with an American writer, set against the background of German decadence at the dawn of the Third Reich.

Outside, the clouds of war and Holocaust are gathering, but in Berlin's Kit Kat Klub? "In here," the emcee assures everyone, "life is beautiful."

"Cabaret" is based on the true-life observations of British writer Christopher Isherwood, who lived in Berlin 1929-32 and wrote a collection of stories based on his experiences.

Playwright John Druten took one of Isherwood's stories, "Sally Bowles," and adapted it for the theatrical stage as "I Am a Camera." That play was produced on Broadway in 1952, starring Julie Harris.

Kander and Ebb were engaged by Harold Prince to develop a musical version of the play, giving birth to the musical "Cabaret," and later the hit film starring Joel Grey and Liza Minelli.

The local sponsor for "Cabaret" is Everybodys Whole Foods, through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the Gazette.

Tickets are $45, $42 and $40. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 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. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's site on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher>. 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: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit <www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.