At long last, Hancher is back and they’ve unveiled a killer list of events for the 2016-17 season — the highlight for many being the irreverent Broadway musical The Book of Mormon — those tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $50-125 and will be available at the Hancher Box Office (in Old Capitol Mall), at the Hancher’s online box office or by calling 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER (426-2437).
The Book of Mormon, from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is the satirical Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints musical that set records in ticket sales, won the Tony Award for Best Musical (as well as 8 other Tonys) and won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The third member of the Book of Mormon team, Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, Frozen), is one of only twelve individuals to have won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
Though the play began on Broadway, it soon traveled west to Chicago and has since made two U.S. tours. Book of Mormon runs in Iowa City from Tuesday, Oct. 11 until Sunday, Oct. 16. The Hancher performances will mark the first time this play has been shown in eastern Iowa.
After an eight year hiatus following the ’08 flood, the University of Iowa’s Hancher returns with a series of free events next month. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated Friday Sep. 9 at 3 p.m., with an open-house to follow that Sunday, at 2 p.m. The inaugural performance of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Friday, Sep. 16 at 7:30 p.m.) is also free to the community.