An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical Sydney Opening Night Red Carpet After Party News Photos Story; MiSociety 18 May 2012 An Officer and a Gentleman is no longer showing
An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical jets into Sydney for its world premier performance
An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical had its world premier in Sydney at The Star’s Lyric Theatre receiving a standing ovation and later, mixed reviews. The Royal Australian Navy Band trumpeted in the opening night audience made up of VIPs, celebrities, Naval dignitaries and media along with friends and family of the cast.
Lights out. The sound of a jet aircraft thundered through the Lyric Theatre as a precursor to the background story unfolding through the eyes of a young Zack (role shared by George Cartwright, Michael Kilbane, Otis Pavlovic and Oliver Wright) and his introduction into his previously absent father’s seedy world. An almost mythical type Jet Pilot appears on the scene to create in Zack the desire to someday take to the skies as commander of a jet powered fighting machine.
Zack (Ben Mingay) as a grown up, takes his well developed biceps off to attain his dream (via a bed romp or two) meeting along his tortuous highway ‘Paula’ (Amanda Harrison) a factory worker from the town where his basic training camp is based.
Tyrannical and tough Sergeant Foley (Bert Labonte) from the outset, is both commanding and comedic in his attempts to instil in the ‘loner’ Zack the merits of teamwork. Labonte earns all his stripes here in a lead role with a voice that had us wanting him to lapse into a true bluesy number.
Up Where We Belong, the big number, doesn’t materialise until the final scenes. Up until then the music is somewhat underplayed underlining that ‘Zack’ and his fellow trainees are still in their embryonic development as both cadets and characters.
The all Australian ensemble’s ‘military exercises’ were carried out with precision and verve on a mechanised platform of stairs and gangways that melded backwards for the various bar, bedroom, factory and street scenes.
An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical is a rare breed as in – it is original. Australian audiences are increasingly being used as a testing ground for new productions. Australian performers and creatives are being trusted by producers to polish and project shows prior to them being launched on the world wide stage.
The Royal Australian Navy Band, post the show, decamped to Doltone House for the huge after party that had cast members and guests dancing the night away to the band’s polished renditions of traditional big band numbers.
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