Martin, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ light up Smith Center

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Reynolds Hall lit up, and truthful did Myron Martin’s face.

“I americium truthful emotional. I hadn’t expected to beryllium without shows for 482 days,” Martin said Wednesday day aft a ceremonial dimming of the shade airy connected the Reynolds Hall stage. “You don’t cognize what that volition beryllium similar until you unrecorded done it.”

Wednesday’s lawsuit was for media members, who had not walked into the venue successful astatine slightest 17 months. “Once connected This Island” was the past pre-pandemic amusement to play Reynolds Hall, closing abruptly connected March 12, 2020.

Martin has spent ample time, connected his own, successful the venue.

“I locomotion retired here, each the time,” helium said, gesturing to the again-illuminated theater. “I americium ever moved by the shade light, and knowing that cipher has been present successful truthful long.”

As Martin yet dimmed that light, the hall’s location strategy came to life. He past introduced members of the formed of “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which is making its theatrical touring debut Oct. 26-31 arsenic portion of the 2021-2022 Broadway Las Vegas Series lineup.

The formed performed a fewer numbers, including the celebrated “Up Where We Belong” scene, with the opus originated by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes. The “Officer” formed worked successful quarantine successful Cleveland for 3 weeks successful November, to beryllium acceptable for its successful Las Vegas.

The 2021-2022 play begins with “Cats,” making its archetypal quality astatine the Smith Center, from Oct. 12-17. Martin says the venue volition inquire that radical who are not vaccinated for COVID deterioration masks. Hand sanitizers and cashless bars, helium says, “are present to stay.”

A full of 160 full-time employees, not counting the skeleton unit and part-timers. A nighttime spotlighting Las Vegas bands is besides being planned, with details inactive being sorted out.

“This is simply a peculiar day,” Martin said. “Seeing everyone seated successful present truly brought it home.”

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