Coming soon to a city near you, Hancher

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Hancher Auditorium announces their first season in their new building, replacing the facility heavily damaged by flooding in 2008.

By Justus Flair

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Eight years in the making, Hancher’s first season in its new auditorium is packed with big names, both people and shows.

Steve Martin and Martin Short, Yo-Yo Ma, The Book of Mormon, and the Joffrey Ballet will all break in the new stage during Hancher’s début season.

The first performers on the new stage will be Steve Martin and Martin Short on Sept. 24 in “An Evening You’ll Forget for the Rest of Your Life.”

Before that, though, Hancher will reach out to engage the community. On Sept. 9 and 11, Hancher will allow the public to see the much-anticipated new space before the free season-opener, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, on the Hancher Green on Sept. 16. The band played on the original Hancher stage during its first season in 1972.

In October, Iowa City will welcome its first touring Broadway show since Hancher was forced to close its doors in 2008. The Book of Mormon will give eight shows Oct. 11-16. Broadway favorites The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia will also stop by, in January and February, respectively.

Non-musical theater enthusiasts, fear not; Hancher will also host a variety of classical music performance, dance pieces, contemporary works, lectures, and even a film screening. One dance performance, Tesseracts of Time, included input from architect Steven Holl, who designed Art Building West and the Visual Arts Building for the University of Iowa.

Hancher will finally be able to participate in Iowa City’s own Mission Creek Festival in April 2017, too, now that it has a venue to offer.

Tickets will be available for public purchase on June 10.

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9, 11: Hancher Open Houses

16: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Preservation Hall Jazz Band   ·   

24: Steve Martin and Martin Short, An Evening You’ll Forget for the Rest of Your Life

29: David Sanborn Electric Band


2, 5, 6: Puppet State Theatre Company of Scotland, The Man Who Planted Trees

8: Renée Fleming

11–16: The Book of Mormon

20: Step Afrika, The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence

27: Maya Beiser, The Day   

28: Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands   


5: Pomp, Brass, and Lunacy   

Tomáš Kubínek, Wycliffe Gordon, Orchestra Iowa, and University Choirs

11:  Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet


1–4: The Joffrey Ballet, The Nutcracker

6: Emanuel Ax   

9: Asleep at the Wheel, Merry Texas Christmas Y’all   


20: The Cleveland Orchestra

27: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion

31: The Sound of Music   


1–5: The Sound of Music

8–9: Soil   

11: The Ying Quartet with Billy Childs

16: Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North   

25–26: MAMMA MIA   


3–4: Circus Oz   

5: Yo–Yo Ma   

9: Las Cafeteras   

23: Jessica Lang Dance   

25: The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra   

30: David J. Skorton   


4–9: Mission Creek Festival collaboration   

14–15: Fred Hersch Trio   


4: /peh-LO-tah/ by Marc Bamuthi Joseph