Producers John Frost and Sharleen Cooper Cohen have announced more lead cast members for their upcoming World Premiere of the new musical An Officer and a Gentleman.
Joining the principal cast of Ben Mingay, Amanda Harrison, Kate Kendall and Alex Rathgeber will be Barthlomew John (Doctor Zhivago, The Sound of Music, Titanic), Bert LaBonte (Guys and Dolls, Next to Normal, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Josh Piterman (West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone), Zahra Newman (Clybourne Park, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Josef Brown (Dirty Dancing, Man of La Mancha).
Bartholomew John plays Byron Mayo, Zack's father, a Navy enlisted man and whore-chasing hell-raiser determined to pass his negative legacy on to his son; as well as Admiral Worley, the by-the-book patriarch of a military family. As Sgt Emil Foley, the screen role which won an Academy Award forLou Gossett Jnr, will be Bert LaBonte. Foley is the toughest Drill Instructor in the world; the iron-fisted nemesis of every naval candidate, he will find their weakness and press until they crumble.
Josh Piterman is cast as Ramon Guiterrez, the hot-blooded Latino recruit who Foley calls "Drama Queen". Zahra Newman plays the role of Taniya Seeger, an African American woman from the street whose chip on her shoulder and her weak upper body strength could be her undoing. And Josef Brown is Charlie Redding, a somewhat older candidate with a family trying to rise up from the enlisted ranks and become an officer.
The World Premiere of An Officer and a Gentleman will be held in Sydney at the Sydney Lyric, The Star on 18 May, 2012. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.