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An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

 

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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Amanda Harrison (Paula in Officer and a Gentleman), Adrian Langdon An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Amanda Harrison (Paula in Officer and a Gentleman), Adrian Langdon

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Briden-Starr Aspinall, Ben Mingay (Zack in Officer and a Gentleman) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Briden-Starr Aspinall, Ben Mingay (Zack in Officer and a Gentleman)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Bert Labonte (Sgt Foley), Aron Michael An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Bert Labonte (Sgt Foley), Aron Michael

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Amanda Harrison (Paula in Officer and a Gentleman) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Amanda Harrison (Paula in Officer and a Gentleman)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Shady Day Stewart, Douglas Day Stewart (author orig Officer and a Gentleman), Judie Day Stewart - An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Shady Day Stewart, Douglas Day Stewart (author orig Officer and a Gentleman), Judie Day Stewart

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Scott Cam, Ann Cam - An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and After Party

Scott Cam, Ann Cam

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and After Party

Renee Burleigh on the Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Renee Burleigh

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Melissa Doyle on Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Melissa Doyle

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Kath Robinson An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Kath Robinson

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Lachlan Wortman, Lisa Gormely An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Lachlan Wortman, Lisa Gormely

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Kate Kendall (Lynette in Officer and a Gentleman), Thern Reynolds (Dance Captain) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Kate Kendall (Lynette in Officer and a Gentleman), Thern Reynolds (Dance Captain)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Josh Horner (Dancing with the Stars) An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Josh Horner (Dancing with the Stars)

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney Red Carpet

Ray Meagher, Gilly Meagher on Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Ray Meagher, Gilly Meagher

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Lorrae Desmond Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Lorrae Desmond

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Zoy Frangos (cast), Sam Morrison - An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Zoy Frangos (cast), Sam Morrison

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Akina Edmonds, Gary Scale An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical Opening Night Sydney

Akina Edmonds, Gary Scale

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical Opening Night Sydney

Carol Tee (Costume Designer Officer and a Gentleman), Matthew Backer - An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Carol Tee (Costume Designer Officer and a Gentleman), Matthew Backer

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Gretel Pinniger An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Gretel Pinniger

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Dr Martin Cohen Dancing (Producers & Co-writers Officer and a Gentleman) - An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Dr Martin Cohen Dancing (Producers & Co-writers Officer and a Gentleman),

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Michael Kilvane, Oliver Wright (both play young Zack) Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Michael Kilvane, Oliver Wright (both play young Zack)

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Lhiza Ritchie, 'Jack' Glenn Ritchie (Head Mechanist Officer and a Gentleman) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and After Party

Lhiza Ritchie, 'Jack' Glenn Ritchie (Head Mechanist Officer and a Gentleman)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and After Party

Justin Flemming, Simon Pnillips (Dir Officer and a Gentleman), Fae Branner An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Justin Flemming, Simon Pnillips (Dir Officer and a Gentleman), Fae Branner

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Dr Martin Cohen, Sharleen Cooper Cohen (Producers & Co-writers Officer and a Gentleman) An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Dr Martin Cohen, Sharleen Cooper Cohen (Producers & Co-writers Officer and a Gentleman)

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Ross Steels, Ita Buttrose on the Red Carpet An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Ross Steels, Ita Buttrose

An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical World Premier Sydney

Sam Rogers, Michael Pell, Justin Meier - An Officer and a Gentleman Opening Night Sydney

Sam Rogers, Michael Pell, Justin Meier

An Officer and a Gentleman Opening Night Sydney

Sophia Zantiotis, Vassy Souris, George Souris (Min Arts NSW) - An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Sophia Zantiotis, Vassy Souris, George Souris (Min Arts NSW)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night and Afterparty

Kate Kendall (Lynette in Officer and a Gentleman), Thern Reynolds (Dance Captain) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Kate Kendall (Lynette in Officer and a Gentleman), Thern Reynolds (Dance Captain)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Douglas Day Stewart dancing with his wife An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Douglas Day Stewart dancing with his wife

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Andie Williams, Gemma Bruce, Sophie Ham, Lizzie Waters (Vibe Hotel) An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

Andie Williams, Gemma Bruce, Sophie Ham, Lizzie Waters (Vibe Hotel)

An Officer and a Gentleman Sydney Opening Night After Party

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