An Officer and a Gentleman is a high flying adventure that delivers 80’s nostalgia, intense drama and a love story for the ages in one neat package.
The musical is based on the Oscar-winning film from 1982 and features a soundtrack boasting 80’s classics such as “Living On A Prayer”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and the flagship song “Up Where We Belong”.
This production tells the story of Zack Mayo who is among a motley crew of sailors training to become pilots in the US Navy. When he first rocks up at the base, Zack sports a bad boy attitude and immediately comes at odds with the hardcore Sergeant Foley.
Zack soon falls for local factory worker Paula Pokrifki, a driven and determined individual who dreams of escaping factory life to become a nurse and help wounded soldiers. The pair struggle to find happiness as Zack’s past makes it difficult for him to accept love, but after things take a dark spell, he soon realises the value of love and friendship. With interesting subplots reflecting life within the military in the 80’s and life for women of the era, the production delivers multiple emotional beats that all hit hard, something reflected by the many audience members that stood up to applaud the cast.
The diverse talent managed to put some interesting twists on classic 80’s hits, providing performances that were both familiar and fresh, And made the production a wild and romantic ride that 80’s kids will surely enjoy.
By James Ellis
Visit the Mayflower Theatre from the 4 – 5 May to see the final performances of An Officer and a Gentleman.