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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight

The show features a score based on hits of the 1980s The cast for the North American tour stars Wes Williams as Zack and Mary Nikols as Paula in the title roles.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, a new musical based on the Oscar-winning film and original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart, premieres tonight, Thursday, October 28 at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. Following the one-week engagement in Las Vegas, the tour will then travel to more than 50 cities in its first season on the road. For a list of engagements, please click here.

Get a first look at photos and watch clips from the show below!

"A great movie can imbed itself into the cultural memory of a generation. Our goal was to build on that memory, finding new ways into the story through the lens of musical theater," says producer Stephen Gabriel of Work Light Productions.

"Like all good stories, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is set in a specific world with its own culture, customs and costumes-the U.S. Navy," says book writer and director Dick Scanlan. "And like all great stories, its themes are universal: love, valor and the ways in which our reasons for pursuing a dream determine whether or not we'll achieve it."

Featuring a score based on the 1980's catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation, the show includes hits from Rick Springfield, Styx, Debbie Gibson, Richard Marx, Wilson Phillips, Pat Benatar, and the Grammy-winning #1 hit single "Up Where We Belong." AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is written and directed by multiple Tony Awardâ-nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), choreographed by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin) and music supervised and arranged by Dan Lipton (The Band's Visit, The Last Ship), with orchestrations by Dan Lipton and Nathan Dame, dance arrangements by Gary Adler. Matt Kunkel serves as Associate Director.

The design team includes scenic design by Brett Banakis, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Jen Schriever, sound design by Jon Weston, wig & hair design by Kelley Jordan, video design by Austin Switser and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting. The live stage production is based on an original book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen.

The cast for the North American tour stars Wes Williams as Zack and Mary Nikols as Paula in the title roles, along with Emily Louise Franklin as Lynette, Cameron Loyal as Sid, Amaya White as Casey Seeger, Roxy York as Esther and David Wayne Britton as Marine Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley.

Rounding out the ensemble are Zare Anguay, William Warren Carver, J Travis Cooper, Amanda Rose Gabriel, Christopher Robert Hanford, Kyler Hershman, Joey Ledonio, Nathaniel D. Lee, Logan Marks, Nicole Morris, Blake Sauceda, Elise Shangold, KD Stevens, Shelly Verden and Jillian Worthing. Miles Boone, Andryi Nahirniak and Israel Orengo are the standbys.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN celebrates triumph over adversity. Zack Mayo has the raw talent and strength for the US Navy's Officer Training School. Graduating from the elite program will secure Zack's career and future. But only the brave and determined can endure the relentless commands of Drill Sergeant Foley, who is determined to weed out all those unable to pass the strenuous tests of knowledge, coordination and strength. On his journey of self-discovery, Zack finds comfort in the arms of a strong-willed local factory worker. But it isn't until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that Zack learns the importance of friendship, commitment and honor, finds the courage to be his best self, and wins the heart of the woman he loves.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN features an iconic score including the Grammy and Oscar-winning #1 hit "Up Where We Belong" (Joe Cocker/Jennifer Warnes) and your favorite 80's hits including: "Higher Love" (Steve Winwood), "Owner of a Lonely Heart" (Yes), "Love is a Battlefield" and "Invincible" (Pat Benatar), "Lost In Your Eyes" (Debbie Gibson), "Right Here Waiting" (Richard Marx), "Venus" (Bananarama), "I Can't Hold Back" (Survivor), "Never Surrender" (Corey Hart), "Do The Walls Come Down" (Carly Simon), "Fly By Night" (Rush), "Hold On to Your Dream (Rick Springfield), "Overkill" (Men at Work), "Renegade" (Styx), and more.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN is produced by Work Light Productions, in association with Jamie Wilson.

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN was developed in part during a quarantined workshop on location in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square with the tremendous support from University Hospitals, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

For more information visit http://officerandagentlemanmusical.com/.

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
Nathaniel D Lee, Wes Williams, David Wayne Britton and Cameron Loyal

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
Mary Nikols and Wes Williams

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
Wes Williams, Mary Nikols and the Company

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
Wes Williams, Cameron Loyal and David Wayne Britton

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
Cameron Loyal and Wes Williams

Photos & Video: First Look at the National Tour of AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN Opening Tonight
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