Lowe Starts Few Good Men Previews, Aug. 18
Lowe has been hitting it off with Londoners, including Prime Minister Tony Blair, who paid a visit to the film star's dressing room in appreciation for Lowe's vowing to stay in London after the tragic July 7th terrorist attack.
In 2002, Lowe left "The West Wing," the hit NBC political drama that Sorkin created and writes. Lowe will play Lt. Daniel Kaffee, a lawyer who must defend a soldier accused of killing one of this fellow soldiers. John Barrowman will co-star as Lt. Jack Ross, SurAnne Jones (the British soap opera "Coronation Street") will portray Lt. Cdr. Joanne Galloway, and Jack Ellis (Royal Shakespeare Company alumnus) will be Col. Nathan R. Jessep. As Kaffee, Tom Cruise led a 1992 film to box office victory; it also starred Jack Nicholson (as Jessep), Demi Moore (as Galloway) and Kevin Bacon (as Ross). Broadway director David Esbjornson (The Goat, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan) will helm the show.
While Lowe is primarily known for his film work in such hits as the Austin Powers series, Contact, Wayne's World, Illegally Yours, St. Elmo's Fire, and The Hotel New Hampshire, he has also acted on Broadway, appearing in 1992's A Little Hotel on the Side.
Recently, Barrowman reprised his star-making turn as Billy Crocker in the National Theatre's production of Anything Goes. His many West End credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Hair, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast and Chicago, and he has appeared in the States in two Sondheim shows--Broadway's Putting It Together and as Bobby in Company at the Kennedy Center. He has appeared on TV on "Central Park West," and "Titans," and currently plays Captain Jack on the BBC series "Dr. Who." Recently seen in the movie musical, De-Lovely, he will appear as the Lead Tenor Stormtrooper in the upcoming film version of The Producers.
A Few Good Men will feature sets by Michael Pavelka, costumes Beth Hope Clancy, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Ian Dickinson.
The original Broadway production of A Few Good Men opened at the Music Box Theatre on November 15th, 1989 to run for 497 performances. The play was directed by Don Scardino, and Sorkin received the 1989 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding American Playwright.
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