Barrowman's official website says that the actor-singer will join the previously announced Rob Lowe for the Aaron Sorkin play, which begins previews Aug. 18. The official opening night is set for Sept. 6. The play — which depicts a military trial, as Lowe's character seeks to defend two soldiers accused of killing a colleague — was made into a film in 1992 starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Kevin Bacon. It debuted on Broadway in 1989 starring Tom Hulce. Lowe stars in the role played on film by Cruise, Barrowman in the role played by Bacon. Suranne Jones will also be part of the London company.
David Esbjornson is down to direct the London production. He has become a Broadway regular in recent years with The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? and the short-lived Bobbi Boland.
John Barrowman recently reprised his role as Billy Crocker in the National Theatre's production of Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He originally played the role opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. On Broadway, the actor starred in the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together and also made a guest appearance in the New York company of Sunset Boulevard, repeating his London role as Joe Gillis. Barrowman's other London theatrical credits include Grease!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fix, Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast. He can currently be seen as Captain Jack in the BBC series "Dr. Who" and recently filmed a small role in the upcoming screen adaptation of Mel Brooks' The Producers. Barrowman's solo recordings include "John Barrowman Swings Cole Porter" and "Reflections from Broadway."