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Release: Oct. 3, 2001
Tony Award-winning 'Cabaret' comes to Hancher Oct. 26-28
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
"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
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>.
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may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff
may select the option of payroll deduction.
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