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Broadway Returns to the Weill Center for the first time in over a decade
The classic story of An Officer and a Gentleman ‘lifts us up’
SHEBOYGAN, WI (February 22, 2022) The Weill Center for the Performing Arts, a 1,150-seat live event venue located in the heart of Downtown is presenting the National Touring Broadway Production of An Officer and a Gentleman on Monday, February 28 at 8 p.m. as part of its 20th Anniversary Season.
“We are thrilled to have this high-quality production include Sheboygan as part of their national tour,” said Weill Center Executive Director Katy Glodosky. “It’s Broadway backed with the best hits of the 80s - Definitely an experience you won’t want to miss!”
An Officer and a Gentleman is a breathtaking production that celebrates triumph over adversity and includes one of the most iconic and romantic endings ever portrayed on screen. This live stage production features the Grammy Award-winning #1 hit single ‘Up Where We Belong,’ and a score based on the 1980’s catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation.
The musical follows character Zack Mayo. He’s got smarts and a body built for US Navy pilot boot camp, but he also has too much swagger… until he meets a drill sergeant who’s determined to drill his arrogance out of him. Zack finds comfort in the arms of a local factory girl. But it isn’t until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that Zack learns the importance of love and friendship, and finds the courage to be his best self and win the heart of the woman he loves.
“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 co-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.”
To bring this Broadway production to life, the Weill Center will undergo days of preparation from more than 65 crew members, giving our restaurants business to accommodate more than 190 meals for the crew alone. Currently, more than a quarter of ticket holders are from outside of Sheboygan County, bringing outside dollars and visitors to our Downtown area.
“We are hopeful our community will support our efforts by coming to see this incredible performance so we can continue to provide these types of experiences in future seasons,” says Glodosky. “These national productions bring great entertainment to our patrons and make a positive impact on our community.”
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at (920) 208-3243 or at the door at 826 N 8th St., Sheboygan. The Ticket Office is open Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.
About An Officer and a Gentleman, the new musical
An Officer and a Gentleman is a new stage adaptation based on the Academy Award-winning film and original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart, directed by multiple Tony Award-nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), choreographed by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin), and based on an original book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen. An Officer and a Gentleman is produced by Work Light Productions, in association with Jamie Wilson and Curve.
About the Stefanie H Weill Center for the Performing Arts
The Weill Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,150-seat live event venue in Downtown Sheboygan, WI. The Weill Center presents a series of live performances including music, comedy, variety acts, movies and more. In 2001 the theater was restored to its original Spanish Revival architectural style and atmospheric theater, as built in 1928. The theater is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This season the Weill Center will celebrate its 20th Anniversary since its restoration and reopening. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit weillcenter.com.