WEST PALM BEACH_Has it really been 40 years since Richard Gere and Debra Winger stole hearts of audiences worldwide in the 1982 romantic hit movie, "An Officer and a Gentleman"? The Hollywood classic is back, this time live on stage as part of the Kravis on Broadway series.
At last night's opening, the stage version retold the story of Navy recruit Zack Mayo as he pursues his dream of becoming an aviator through the grueling process of Officer Training School. While the plot is tweaked here and there, the addition of pop hits from the Eighties, pared with great set design and flow and strong performances from the cast, make it come to life in a whole new way.
High points include a stirring rendition of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love," led by the great vocals of Amaya White, the Styx-song "Renegade," showcasing outstanding choreography, and of course, the classic duet from the film, "Up Where We Belong," originally sung by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. You'll leave humming this new version as well.
"An Officer and a Gentleman - the Musical" will be at Kravis Performance Hall through May 8. You can purchase tickets at the Kravis Center’s website kravis.org/broadway; or by phone at 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471. -- Gerry Barker
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