Review: ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ is entertaining at Detroit’s Fisher Theater

Cameron Loyal and Emily Louise Franklin in "An Officer and a Gentleman." Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade.

Detroit — “An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical” does not disappoint and is now playing at the Fisher Theater in Detroit until February 13.

Based on the 1982 film starring Richard Gere and Debra Winger and also starring an Academy Award winner of Best Supporting Actor, Louis Gossett Jr.

The musical takes place in a small, blue-collar town where a young officer candidate, Zack Mayo, played by Wes Williams, who is the new member of the U.S. Navy Aviation School and has a cocky attitude.  The Drill Sargeant Foley, played by David Wayne Britton, intends to change that, and fast.  He seeks to test Zack’s coordination and strength with relentless commands.  He really makes it difficult for him and wants to kick him out, but Zack begs him to give him another chance, since he has nowhere else to go.  His dream was always to be a pilot.

Zack and his best friend Sid, played by Cameron Loyal, encounter two local girls who work at a casket company in town.  The girls hang around the base hoping to catch themselves a navy pilot for their chance to get out of small-town America.

The “Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical” played such recognizable hits as “Up Where We Belong”, “Higher Love”, “Never Surrender” and “Love is a Battlefield.”  The play lasted two hours and 30 minutes with a 20-minute intermission.  The musical was entertaining and very similar to the original 1982 film.  There was a smoke machine during the performance, emitting quite a bit of smoke on stage.

Performance times for “An Officer and a Gentleman: The Musical” at the Fisher Theater, located at 3011 West Grand Blvd. in Detroit are as follows:  Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Note: All Fisher Theater patrons must present proof of negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hour of the event or proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (second dose at least 14 days prior to the event) with government ID for entry.  Everyone is required to wear a mask while inside the theater regardless of vaccination status.

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–Video by Broadway in Detroit

–Wes Williams, Mary Nikols and the Company in “An Officer and a Gentleman.” Photo by Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade.

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