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An Officer and a Gentleman – Tickets on Sale 24 October 2011

May 19, 2012toJune 19, 2012

Sydney wins right to host the World Premier of the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman in 2012.
An Officer and a Gentleman at the Lyric Theatre Sydney Tickets on sale now

  • An Officer and a Gentleman Musical
  • Lyric Theatre, Star City - 19 May  2012

An Officer and a Gentleman in 2012 is based on the hugely successful Academy Award-winning film of the same name. This new production has been adapted for the stage by the original screen writer Douglas Day Stewart and co-writer Sharleen Cooper Cohen, with music and lyrics by Ken Hirsch and Robin Lerner. It will be produced by Sharleen Cooper Cohen and John Frost, and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical).

A hit across the ages, the 1982 film has become a phenomenon in cinema history, recently listed by the American Film Institute as one of the top ten love stories in cinema history. Featuring the iconic hit song “Up Where We Belong” and a new score by Grammy nominees Ken Hirsch and Robin Lerner this timeless tale of struggle, success, friendship and love promises to be the musical blockbuster of 2012.

An Officer and a Gentleman is a triumphant story of working class heroes surviving great tests; a classic modern day Cinderella story about a working class boy and girl who must overcome their upbringing and personal weaknesses to accept life and love.

Sharleen Cooper Cohen is doubly excited that her musical is opening in such a beautiful and elegant city!  “The fact that Sydney is home to one of Australia’s naval bases is only one of the reasons that it’s a perfect place to premiere the show that celebrates a Navy officer. 

Ben Mingay, currently starring as Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys, plays Zack Mayo, the role that brought a young Richard Gere to the attention of film audiences around the world. Mayo is the classic angry young man who grew up in a “sewer” and dreams of flying jets and parlaying this skill into a better life. Mingay’s theatre credits include Dirty Dancing in Australia, London and North America, HAIR, South Pacific and the operas The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni.

Amanda Harrison stars as Paula Pokrifki, the young factory worker who dreams of becoming a nurse and finding a better life without selling out for it, like everyone around her. This role was played by Debra Winger in the film. Harrison has appeared in leading roles in Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, The Boy From Oz, Leader Of The Pack and We Will Rock You, but is most well known for originating the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked.

Let love lift you up where you belong when Sydney hosts the World Premiere of An Officer and A Gentleman at the Lyric Theatre, Star City on May 19, 2012.


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