Officer and a Gentleman DORs: World Premiere musical given closing notice


Ben Mingay and Amanda Harrison in An Officer and a Gentleman. Image by Brian Geach
Ben Mingay and Amanda Harrison in An Officer and a Gentleman. Image by Brian Geach

The World Premiere musicaI An Officer and a Gentleman will be closing ahead of schedule.

Cast of the musical were informed last night (Saturday) that the production will close on Sunday 1 July, 2012 just 6 weeks after their official opening night on May 18.

Producers John Frost and Sharleen Cooper Cohen have released a statement acknowledging that the musical needs further development.

“We now know what changes we’d like to make for future productions of the show. It is only by putting a new work in front of audiences that we can test the response, and determine what changes need to be made”, they said.

While the show itself received lukewarm critical response the audience reaction has been overwhelming positive and the performances have been praised as outstanding.

This debut season has been described as an Off-Off-Off Broadway tryout but the world has not seen the last of of An Officer and a Gentleman – the Musical.

“We’ll now move An Officer and A Gentleman back into development, ahead of a possible tour of the US. We’re thrilled to have received interest to mount productions of the show internationally, so are exploring our options for the next incarnation of this exciting project.

“We would like to thank our partners on the show, and the wonderful cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to create this World Premiere production.”

An Officer and a Gentleman 

Lyric Theatre Sydney

Until 1 July 2012
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