An Officer and a Gentleman coming to Walton Arts Center Jan. 4-9

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After more than a year delay due to the pandemic, An Officer and a Gentleman will make its way to the Walton Arts Center stage next month.

The show, which had planned to be on tour in early 2020, will finally be at the arts center on Jan. 4-9 in early 2022.

The musical is based on the classic film of the same name.

From the description of the show:

The classic love story follows the original plot of the movie, but in a way that is updated to reflect the current times. Specifically, the show’s creative team wanted to bring the musical out of the ‘80s and into the present by placing a priority on the way that women are portrayed. Off the screen and onto the stage, the women are smarter, stronger and more empowered.

While the story is brought up-to-date, there is still plenty of nostalgia through the use of the costumes, sets and most notably the soundtrack. The songs of An Officer and a Gentleman consist of popular music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Packed with hits from Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge, Styx, Steve Winwood, and of course, the Academy Award®-winning song from the film, “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

In addition to the show, the Jan. 7 performance will include a pre-show cocktail class beginning at 6:30 p.m. Attendees can learn to make and enjoy two show-themed cocktails at the class for a cost of $35, and space is limited.

Tickets to the show start at $41 plus fees, and are now on sale at