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Release: Sept. 20, 2002

‘MISS SAIGON’ COMES TO UI HANCHER AUDITORIUM OCT. 8-13

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The 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 13.

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 Tribune’s 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 of Saigon.

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 Hancher’s 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: <hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu>.

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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