“An Officer and a Gentleman” will make its Bloomington debut at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the IU Auditorium .
The musical, based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film of the same name, follows Zack Mayo, who enters the U.S. Navy‘s Officer Training School. The aspiring U.S. Navy Officer is soon faced with the commands of Drill Sergeant Emil Foley, causing Zack to question his career and future. Zack meets a local factory girl, but it isn’t until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that he finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves.
The show first premiered in 2012 in Sydney, Australia. It was nominated for five Helpmann Awards, including “Best Musical 2012.”
Three-time Tony Award nominee Dick Scalan directs this brand new adaptation of the original screenplay, with choreography by Patricia Wilcox and musical arrangements by Dan Lipton.
The musical features the No. 1 hit and Grammy Award-winning single “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.
The score is based on some of the most recognizable songs from the 1980s, including “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood, “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar, “Venus” by Bananarama, “Do The Walls Come Down” by Carly Simon and “Hold On to Your Dream” by Rick Springfield, according to Ordway.
Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at $16 for IU students and are $28 for all other attendees.