Anthony Warlow Broadway Bound.
Anthony Warlow will play Daddy Warbucks in the forthcoming Broadway revival of Annie, with two-time Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises, Noises Off) as Miss Hannigan, while James Lapine will direct, and Andy Blankenbuehler will choreograph.
The news was initially reported in Brisbane's Courier Mail yesterday (June 2), with confirmation from the Broadway producers appearing at Playbill (June 3).
The production will open at the Palace Theatre on November 8, 2012 (previews from Oct. 3).
Warlow follows another Australian star at the Palace, where Tony Sheldon has been starring in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (closing this month).
Warlow is playing the role of Daddy Warbucks in the current Australian revival of Annie at Melbourne's Regent Theatre, having also played the role in the previous Australian revival of Annie. He will continue to play the role in Melbourne until August 8, with his replacement to be announced in coming weeks.
Producer John Frost is thrilled for his close friend. “I’m so glad that finally Broadway audiences will be able to experience the Warlow magic. Anthony has proved, both in the 2000 Australian production and again in the current tour, that he is the definitive Daddy Warbucks of our time. It is so apt and exciting that it is Annie and one of his favourite roles that takes Anthony to Broadway for the first time. I am overjoyed for him, and wish him well.”
Anthony Warlow made his debut with the Australian Opera at the age of 19 in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Being awarded the Joan Sutherland Scholarship enabled him to further his career in opera, with roles in The Magic Flute, La Bohème, Tosca, Otello, The Tales of Hoffman (with Dame Joan Sutherland), Romeo and Juliet, andDon Giovanni.
Warlow’s music theatre career commenced in 1985 with the London National Theatre production of Guys & Dolls. He went on to create the role of Enjolras in the Australian production of Les Miserables, a performance which won him a place on the Grammy Award winning International Cast recording of the work. Other productions include The Secret Garden, Man Of La Mancha, My Fair Lady, Grease the Arena Spectacular, A Little Night Music, as well as a healthy catalogue of Gilbert & Sullivans Comic Operas.
Making the most coveted role in music theatre, the Phantom of the Opera (1990 & 2007-2009), his own, set the seal on Anthony’s status as Australia’s premier stage performer. The accolades that ensued included the prestigious Advance Australia Award for Contribution to Music Theatre in 1991, gold and platinum sales of his Solo Albums and in 1998 Anthony was honoured by the nation and the National Trust being elected a Living National Treasure.
2011 saw his creation of Dr Yurii Zhivago in the Australian premiere production of the musical Doctor Zhivago, based on the Nobel Prize winning novel by Boris Pasternak, with a score by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden). Anthony was thrilled to be asked to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera at London’s Royal Albert Hall in October of last year.
Current Australian revival of Annie