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Sept. 15, 2006

With His 'Chorus Line' Just Revived On Broadway, Hamlisch Does Hancher Oct. 6

Songwriter Marvin Hamlisch, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Chorus Line" just re-opened on Broadway, will bring his artistry to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium during the UI's Homecoming week, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

Hamlisch will be joined by Broadway tenor Stephen Lehew, whose resume includes leads in "West Side Story," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Showboat," "The Pirates of Penzance" and "Cabaret."

In addition to the Pulitzer, Hamlisch's prize vault holds four Grammy Awards, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, three Academy Awards and a Tony -- all evidence of his career as one of the world's most beloved popular composers. But he is also known for his easy-going charm and wit as an all-around entertainer.

In addition to "A Chorus Line," the musicals he wrote include "They're Playing Our Song," "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success," and he has written the scores of more than 40 motion pictures, including his Oscar-winning score and song for "The Way We Were" and his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for "The Sting."

Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He was musical director and arranger of Barbra Streisand's 1994 concert tour of the United States and England as well as of the television special "Barbra Streisand: The Concert." And he served in the same capacities for her Millennium concerts.

He says: "Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can."

Marvin Hamlisch's Hancher concert is supported by Leonard and Marlene Hadley, William and Marlene Stanford, and Rhoda Vernon, through the UI Foundation. Media support comes from the Iowa City Press-Citizen

Tickets are $38/$35/$32; UI students $34.20/$15; senior citizens $34.20/$31.50/$28.80; youth $26.60/$24.50/$22.40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 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. 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:

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:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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