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Hancher Auditorium announces 2018-2019 season
KCRG - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hancher Auditorium has released their schedule for the 2018 - 2019 season. The season begins with three events in September, one of them being a rescheduled lecture by journalist Cokie Roberts, a free outdoor performance by Sleep Canyon Rangers, and a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the holidays, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 will team up for a concert. The Canadian Brass take the stage during the holidays for a concert. On New Year's Eve, a black tie-optional gala will help ring in the new year with Kristin Chenoweth, a musical performer and actress. Hancher will also feature two broadway shows in the 2018-2019 season, Les Miserables and Jersey Boys. Other performances theatere lovers may be interested in are Steel Magnolias and Hotel.
Hancher 2018-19 season packs star power
The Gazette - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The bubbly will be overflowing when Kristin Chenoweth rings in 2019 at Hancher Auditorium on New Year’s Eve. Star of stage and screen, Chenoweth nabbed a Tony Award as Sally in the 1999 Broadway revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and garnered a Tony nomination for waving her glittering artistic wand over the role of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, in “Wicked.” With other star turns in television’s “Glee,” “Hairspray Live!” “Pushing Daisies,” “Kristin” and “The West Wing,” she will step into the Hancher spotlight for a black tie-optional gala Dec. 31, one of many star-powered events on Hancher’s 2018-19 season.
‘Les Misérables,’ Kristin Chenoweth and ‘Letters from Iraq’: Hancher announces 2018-19 season
Little Village - Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Hancher Auditorium has announced its 2018-19 season, and it’s jam-packed with the most prestigious music, theater and dance touring the region. Tickets go on sale to the general public Aug. 1, but donors who gave over $100 to Hancher in the last year should watch their mail for the season brochure with early ordering instructions. A full season schedule can be found on the Hancher website. Things kick off on Sept. 12 with a rescheduled lecture from journalist Cokie Roberts. The talk, titled An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C., is presented in conjunction with the University of Iowa Lecture Committee and the UI College of Law’s Levitt Lecture Series.
Conceptualizing solutions to the opioid crisis
The Daily Iowan - Friday, May 4, 2018
Participants at Hancher’s Stanley Café came together Thursday evening to hear about the opioid crisis sweeping the nation and discuss ways to combat the issue. The evening, which was part of the “Science on Tap” series, featured presentations and small-group discussion on tactics to help with opioid-related issues. The community-engagement event was a follow-up of the “Opioid Ideas Lab” April 9-11, in which 30 academics representing eight University of Iowa colleges gathered to discuss the daunting opioid crisis and ponder potential solutions and strategies.
Photos: A dazzling Dazzle Crawl in Iowa City
The Gazette - Saturday, April 28, 2018
Costumes, art, performances and more were on display throughout Downtown Iowa City Friday night at the Dazzle Crawl. The crawl was inspired by the work of costume designer and artist Machine Dazzle, who was the parade marshal and guest of honor. Friday’s event leads up to a performance by Taylor Mac at Hancher Saturday night. Mac wears Dazzle’s creations in performing his “24-Decade History of Popular Music,” an epic musical theater undertaking.
Machine Dazzle's elaborate costumes on display at Hancher
The Gazette - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Machine Dazzle doesn’t necessarily think of himself as a costume designer, though that is his title. The elaborate outfits he created for theater artist Taylor Mac to wear onstage during Mac’s show, “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music,” are more like wearable sculptures. “I’m not a trained tailor or costume designer. I’m an artist in the role of costume designer,” Dazzle said Tuesday. “I believe a costume can have its own story and be its own character.” He and his sartorial interpretations of American history on Tuesday were at Hancher Auditorium, preparing for a week of events in Iowa City culminating in a performance Saturday by Mac at Hancher.
Best Bet: Circa at Hancher
The Gazette - Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Australia’s Circa troupe is springing onto the Hancher stage with two very different shows. First up is “Carnival of the Animals,” inspired by Camille Saint-Saens’s suite of the same name. Acrobats — with a little help from whimsical projections — will romp through the animal kingdom while showing off their circus skills in two family-friendly shows Saturday. On Wednesday, the Debussy String Quartet will join them for an evening of thought-provoking artistry to the music of Dmitri Shostakovich.
Hancher to display Dazzle’s costumes from Taylor Mac show, partner on community events featuring the costume designer
‘Kinky Boots’ struts its stuff into Hancher, courtesy of the nimble Jos N. Banks
Little Village - Saturday, April 14, 2018
This weekend at Hancher Auditorium, the touring production of the 2013 Broadway play Kinky Boots struts its stuff into town. Based on a BBC documentary series that featured the true story of a struggling heir of a failing shoe-manufacturing company that rebooted itself by designing footwear for drag performers and the fetish market, Kinky Boots was adapted into a middling 2005 British movie, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, and directed by Julian Jarrold. The Broadway musical adaptation, by contrast, was a trifecta of talent, with multi-Tony winning Harvey Fierstein writing the book, lyrics by Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony-nominated Jerry Mitchell as choreographer and director.
Kinky Boots struts into Hancher
Daily Iowan - Thursday, April 12, 2018
Individuals with diverse dispositions and stylish, shimmering stiletto boots dance and sing on stage embracing individuality and acceptance. Accurately dubbed “Hero Boots” by the Kinky Boots ensemble, the iconic red stiletto boots are the backbone of the musical, bringing each character together. This weekend at Hancher, Kinky Boots will encourage audiences to be themselves without hesitation. As a true story in which the owner of a struggling shoe-factory, Charlie Price, and drag-queen entertainer, Lola, embrace their differences and create the emblematic boots, Kinky Boots illustrates what happens when people follow their passions and open their minds.