An Officer and a Gentleman at The Bristol Hippodrome 30th July – 4th AugustPosted on: 21 Jun 2018
The 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 80’s 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’ and features one of the most iconic romantic scenes ever portrayed on screen.
An Officer and a Gentleman 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. It is directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (“Annie”, “What the Butler Saw”, “Calamity Jane” and “Sunset Boulevard”), Choreographed by Kate Prince (Old Vic Associate Artist, “Everyone’s Talking About Jamie”, “Into The Hoods” and ZooNation), has Musical Supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Curve Associate Artist, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sister Act”) with Set and Costume design by Olivier Award nominated designer Michael Taylor (“The Winslow Boy”, “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve, “The Dresser”). Orchestrations are by George Dyer, Lighting Design is by Ben Cracknell, Sound Design by Tom Marshall and Video Design by Douglas O’Connell.
The full cast for the World Premiere of the musical is officially announced. Emma Williams will play ‘Paula Pokrifki’, Jonny Fines is ‘Zack Mayo’, Ray Shell as ‘Foley’, Ian McIntosh 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 the 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. Productions like this couldn’t be made without the support of our collaborators and we are thrilled to be working with Jamie and his team. 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’. Emma’s 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 What's On Stage 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. Jonny 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’. Ray 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 McIntosh will play ‘Sid Worley’. Ian 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’. Jessica was a finalist on the BBC 1’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, “Annie”) 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 ‘Byron Mayo’, James Darch in the role of ‘Troy’, Nathanael Landskroner (“Grease”, “Legally Blonde” and “Scrooge the Musical” at Curve) in the role of ‘Craig’, George Ioannides (“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, “White Christmas”) will play ‘Esther Pokrifki’.
Joining them will be Maisey Bawden, David Burrows, Vanessa Fisher, Aimee Hodnett, Keiran McGinn, Michael James Stewart and Rhys Whitfield.
Hannah recently graduated with a degree in English with Writing. She is an avid writer, freelancer and creative. She is currently writing her first full-length novel and a collection of poetry. Always out and about in Bristol's music scene, she attends music events on a weekly basis.