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Release: Sept. 20, 2002
MISS SAIGON COMES TO UI HANCHER AUDITORIUM OCT. 8-13
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epic love story of Miss Saigon will come to the University of
Iowa Hancher Auditorium for eight performances Oct. 8-13: 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, Oct. 8-11; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and
Created by the writers of Les Miserables, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel
Schonberg, Miss Saigon has become one of the most popular musicals
of all time. The show, which was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh
at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards
on Broadway, comes to Hancher in a newly conceived national touring production.
Miss Saigon has won critical accolades wherever it has been produced.
The critic of the London Evening Standard called the show A stunning
piece of total theatre. A review in the New York Times described it
as gripping entertainment. And the Chicago Tribunes reviewer
proclaimed Miss Saigon A triumphantly vibrant, courageous
work of musical theater.
Set in 1975 during the final days leading up to the American evacuation of
Vietnam, Miss Saigon is the story of two young lovers torn apart
by the fortunes of destiny and held together by a burning passion and the
fate of a small child.
The new production of Miss Saigon is directed for Big League
Theatricals by Mitchell Lemsky, who served as associate director of Miss
Saigon for the Broadway and previous U.S. touring productions, as well
as productions in Canada, Germany and Japan. Jodi Moccia, who was associate
choreographer for the Broadway, U.S. touring and Toronto productions of Miss
Saigon, has provided the musical staging.
A blend of soaring love ballads, heart-warming melodies and electrifying
marches, the score of Miss Saigon has been acclaimed as uplifting,
exuberant, hopeful and true. Songs including The Heat Is on in Saigon,
The Movie in My Mind, Why God Why?, Sun and
Moon, The Last Night of the World, The Morning of
the Dragon, I Still Believe, Bui-Doi and The
American Dream capture the steamy nights, crowds, passion and danger
The sixth-longest running show in Broadway history, and one of the greatest
international stage successes ever, Miss Saigon has grossed more
than $1.3 billion worldwide and won 29 awards. The show has been performed
in 13 countries in eight languages, and has been seen by more than 28 million
people worldwide -- including more than 13.2 million people in North America.
The 11 Tony nominations on Broadway resulted in three awards, and Miss
Saigon also received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.
The London production of Miss Saigon received Best Musical honors from the
Evening Standard Awards and the London Theatre Critics Circle Awards.
Tickets to the Tuesday through Thursday performances will be $48, $38 and
$25. UI students, youth and senior citizens will qualify for a 20 percent
discount. Tickets to with Friday night performance, the Saturday matinee and
the Sunday performances will be $52, $42 and $30, with 20 percent discounts
available to UI students, youth and senior citizens.
Tickets to the Saturday evening performance will be $52, $42 and $30. Discounts
will not apply to that performance.
Hancher Auditorium box office business 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. 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
Hanchers website:< 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: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Wells Fargo is the corporate sponsor of the Miss Saigon performances
through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM.
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