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Book and Direction by DICK SCANLAN
Choreography by PATRICIA WILCOX
Musical Supervision, Arrangements and Orchestrations by DAN LIPTON
Original Book and Screenplay by DOUGLAS DAY STEWART
Original book by SHARLEEN COOPER COHEN
West Palm Beach, FL - (by CRL Media) - AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, the new musical based on the Oscar-winning film and the original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart, will have its South Florida premiere March 3-8. May at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Tickets are on sale now at kravis.org.
“A great movie can stay in the cultural memory of a generation. Our goal was to build on that memory, finding new ways to enter the story through the lens of musical theater,” says producer Stephen Gabriel of Work Light Productions.
“Like all good stories, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is set in a specific world with its own culture, customs and costumes: the US Navy,” says the book's writer and director Dick Scanlan. "And like all great stories, its themes are universal: love, courage, and the ways in which our reasons for pursuing a dream determine whether or not we'll make it."
With a score based on the catalog of 1980s music that gave a generation a voice, the show includes hits from Rick Springfield, Styx, Debbie Gibson, Richard Marx, Wilson Phillips, Pat Benatar and the Grammy-winning #1 single. "Up Where We Belong." AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is written and directed by multiple Tonya-nominated Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), choreographed by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin) and arranged and musically supervised by Dan Lipton (The Band's Visit, The Last Ship), with orchestrations by Dan Lipton and Nathan Dame, dance arrangements by Gary Adler. Matt Kunkel will serve as associate director.
The design team includes scenic design by Brett Banakis, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Jon Weston, wig and hair design by Kelley Jordan, video design of Austin Switser and the casting of Wojcik | Seay Casting. The live stage production is based on an original book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen.
The North American tour cast will star Wes Williams as Zack and Mia Massaro as Paula in the lead roles, along with Emily Louise Franklin as Lynette, Cameron Loyal as Sid, Amaya White as Casey Seeger, Roxy York as Esther and David Wayne Britton. as Marine Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley.
Completing the ensemble are Zare Anguay, William Warren Carver, J Travis Cooper, Amanda Rose Gabriel, Christopher Robert Hanford, Kyler Hershman, Joey Ledonio, Nathaniel D. Lee, Logan Marks, Nicole Morris, Mary Nikols, Blake Sauceda, Elise Shangold, KD Stevens. , Shelly Verden and Jillian Worthing. Andryi Nahirniak and Israel Orengo are the substitutes.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN celebrates triumph over adversity. Zack Mayo has the raw talent and strength for the US Navy Officer Training School. Graduating from the elite program will secure Zack's career and future. But only the brave and determined can withstand the relentless orders of Drill Sergeant Foley, who is determined to eliminate all those who cannot pass the grueling tests of knowledge, coordination and strength. On his journey of self-discovery, Zack finds solace in the arms of a local factory worker. But it is not until a tragedy befalls one of his companions that Zack learns the importance of friendship, commitment and honor, finding the courage to be the best of himself and win the heart of the woman. that he loves
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, features an iconic score that includes the #1 Grammy and Oscar-winning hit "Up Where We Belong" (Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes) and your favorite '80s hits including: "Higher Love " (Steve Winwood), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes), "Love is a Battlefield" and "Invincible" (Pat Benatar), "Lost In Your Eyes" (Debbie Gibson), "Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx), "Venus" (Bananarama), "I Can't Hold Back" (Survivor), "Never Surrender" (Corey Hart), "Do The Walls Come Down" (Carly Simon), "Fly By Night" (Rush ), "Hold On to Your Dream (Rick Springfield), "Overkill" (Men at Work), "Renegade" (Styx) and more.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is produced by Work Light Productions, in association with Jamie Wilson.
AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, was developed in part during the quarantine in a workshop in the Playhouse Square of Cleveland, Ohio and with the support of University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and Crowne Plaza Hotel.
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AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, arrives at the Kravis Center from May 3 to 8. Hours are Tuesday, May 3 through Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m., with matinee performances on Wednesday, May 4, Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $32 and can be purchased on the official Kravis Center website, kravis.org, or by calling the box office at 561.832.7469 during regular hours Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.
For the latest information on health and safety protocols, visit kravis.org/healthsafety.
About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Kravis Center is a nonprofit performing arts center located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. The mission of the Kravis is to improve the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse lineup of the highest quality national and international artists and companies and by offering comprehensive arts education programs – serving more than three million students since its inception. ; provides a home in Palm Beach County for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work and also provides an economic and community leadership catalyst in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.
For general information about the Kravis Center, visit kravis.org.