A mix of musicals, musicians and lectures makes up Hancher Auditorium’s 2021-22 season lineup, which was announced earlier this month and will mark the first full-attendance, in-person shows at the Iowa City venue since the pandemic began. Tickets will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. Aug. 16.
The season starts outdoors on Aug. 28 with “Hancher Illuminated,” which allows audience members to walk around the auditorium and enjoy music, dance and lighting installations. The first show inside will be Step! Afrika performing “Drumfolk,” a dance set to percussive music reflecting the history of Black expression. Here are a few other shows that caught our eyes:
“Waitress”: Marking the return of Broadway to Hancher, this musical tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. It’s scheduled for Oct. 22 and 23.
Holiday festivities: Hancher will mark the holiday season with vocalist Storm Large (Dec. 4), a cappella group Straight No Chaser (Dec. 9), and the annual Brunch With Santa event (Dec. 11 and 12) at Iowa City’s Stanley Cafe.
Orchestras: String instrument fans have plenty to look forward to. The Boston Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 27) and the Philadelphia Orchestra (March 9) will make stops at Hancher. There will also be appearances by the Castalian String Quartet (Feb. 20) and Danish String Quartet (April 1).