Jonny Fines and Emma Williams will lead the cast of the world premiere production of An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical when the show opens at Curve on 6 April 2018 (press night 19 April) before beginning a UK and Ireland tour.
Williams, who will play Paula Pokrifiki, and Fines, as Zack Mayo, will be joined by Ray Shell as Foley, Ian Macintosh as Sid Worley and Jessica Daley as Lynette Pomeroy.
Nikolai Foster, artistic director of Curve and director of An Officer and Gentleman – The Musical said: “Douglas Day Stewart wrote An Officer and a Gentleman in response to his time serving in the American Air Force and the challenges he faced during training. It is a visceral, uncompromising and ultimately tender portrait of these personal experiences and the lives of folk living near the training facility in the early 1980s.
“We are proud to have assembled such an accomplished company of actors, led by Emma, Ray, Jonny, Ian and Jess to create our production and realise this beautiful portrait of working class lives. All of us at Curve are excited to tell this story – set to a fantastic 80s playlist – and to be working with the talented team at Jamie Wilson Productions. Officer will certainly be a memorable moment in our theatre’s 10th birthday year.”
Four-time Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress Emma Williams will play Paula Pokrifki. Williams’ previous credits include Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mrs Henderson Presents and Love Story, all in the West End. This year Emma won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Helen in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Half A Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre.
Jonny Fines will play the iconic role of Zack Mayo – the role made famous by Richard Gere in the beloved 80s film. Fines most recently played the role of Rooster in the West End production of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre. Other theatre credits include the UK tours of The Sound of Music and Avenue Q.
Ray Shell will play Foley. Shell is probably most famous for creating the roles of Rusty in Starlight Express and Nomax in Five Guys Named Moe, both in the West End. His other theatre credits include the iconic productions of Miss Saigon and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Ian Macintosh will play Sid Worley. Macintosh is an Olivier nominated actor for his role in the West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, his other credits include The Commitments and Rock of Ages.
Jessica Daley will play Lynette Pomeroy. Daley was a finalist on the BBC1’s Over The Rainbow and previous theatre credits include Mamma Mia! in the West End and the UK tour of The Sound of Music.
The cast also includes Keisha Atwell (Legally Blonde and Grease at Curve) who will play Casey Seegar, Andy Barke (Nativity! The Musical and Legally Blonde at Curve) in the role of Louis Perryman, Darren Bennett (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and The Importance of Being Earnest, Grease and the title role in Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Bryon Mayo, James Darch in the role of Troy, Nathaniel Landskroner (Grease, Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Craig, George Loannides (Grease at Curve and Annie and Mamma Mia!) in the role of Eduardo Cortez, Joe Maxwell (Jersey Boys and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) in the role of Fin Hooper, Corinna Powlesland in the role of Aunt Bunny and Rachel Stanley (Legally Blonde and Scrooge the Musical at Curve) will play Esther Pokrifki.
Joining them will be David Burrows, Vanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn and Rhys Whitfield.
This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere which tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When Zack rolls into boot camp with a bit too much of a swagger, drill Sergeant Foley doesn’t make life easy for him. When he falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki and tragedy befalls his friend and fellow candidate, Zack realises the importance of love and friendship and finds the courage to be himself and win the heart of the woman he loves. It’s only then he can truly become both an Officer and a Gentleman.
The musical includes the hit song from the movie ‘Up Where We Belong’ along, with 80s classics such as ‘Alone’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’, ‘You’re the Voice’, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Toy Soldiers’ and ‘Material Girl’.
An Officer and a Gentleman – The Musical is one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The screenplay is by writer and director Douglas Day Stewart which was based on his personal experience as a Naval Officer Candidate.
The book is co-written by Douglas and Sharleen Cooper Cohen. Joining Foster as director is choreographer Kate Prince, musical supervisor Sarah Travis and designer Michael Taylor.
Orchestrations are by George Dyer, lighting design is by Ben Cracknell, sound design is by Tom Marshall and video design is by Douglas O’Connell.