Send for the Doctor

Anthony Warlow talked and sang to Frank Hatherley during rehearsals for Doctor Zhivago.

There’s no doubting his excitement. The uncrowned ‘King of Australian Musicals’ is glowing with enthusiasm for his latest venture.

Anthony Warlow Back On Stage

Following his onstage injury hours before last Friday’s first preview of Doctor Zhivago, it has been confirmed that Anthony Warlow has recovered and will be back at the Lyric Theatre tomorrow evening, Tuesday February 15, in the title role of Yuri Zhivago in the premiere season of the musical Doctor Zhivago.

Dr Zhivago Update

Stage Whispers revealed exclusively on Saturday that Anthony Warlow had injured his leg during the previous night's preview of Dr Zhivago.

Now David Spicer can give the first account of what the show is like.

In a word - SENSATIONAL.

But first the off stage drama.

I attended on Saturday night. The Producer John Frost came on stage and gave the audience the bad news that Anthony Warlow was injured.

A number cried out in protest. "How Dare You!" said one woman behind me.

2011 Brings New Worlds for Jason Robert Brown

American composer, lyricist, and book writer of contemporary musical theatre Jason Robert Brown is inspired by places he has never been. He crossed Australia off the list with his Australia/New Zealand concert and workshop tour in February / March 2011.

Born in Ossining, New York, Brown has written or contributed songs to five musicals as of 2010, Songs For a New World (1995); Parade (1998); The Last Five Years (2002); Urban Cowboy the Musical (2003); and 13 (2007).

Warlow Tears Calf Muscle, but Zhivago Still on Track

No one will dare say ‘break a leg’ to Anthony Warlow.

With Blockbuster musical Dr Zhivago premiering at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre this week, Stage Whispers received reports after last night’s (Feb 11) preview performance, when Anthony Warlow appeared on crutches and was unable to perform.

The show’s publicist has filled us in on the details, and assured Stage Whispers that all is still on course for next Saturday’s Gala Opening.

New Musicals Australia Workshops

Sydney based New Musicals Australia has announced its inaugural program of events, and Director Kris Stewart speaks to Stage Whispers about the initiative.

The New Musicals Australia program includes the Workshop Presentations of three new musicals; the Writers’ Weekend of The Musical Snapshot, which presents a twenty to forty minute extract of the musical in concert alongside other new musicals; andThe Developmental Reading, whichsees a new work rehearsed and performed in concert.

Anthony Warlow's Amateur Days

As Anthony Warlow launches into his greatest challenge, the title role in Dr Zhivago The Musical, he speaks to Frank Hatherley on the “Wonderful times!” he had with The Wollongong Arcadians – and his scariest moment on stage.


When prompted to remember his early days with Wollongong’s long-standing musical theatre group The Arcadians, Anthony Warlow launches into a perfectly clipped rendition of Noel Coward’s great poem The Boy Actor:

A Coat of Many Colours – Coming to Sydney.

A new pro-am company, Packemin Productions, led by Neil Gooding, is staging Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice at the Parramatta Riverside Theatre from February 11 – 26.

It stars W.A.A.P.A. graduate Andrew Conaghan as Joseph and Australian Entertainment Legend Barry Crocker as Jacob.

Stage Whispers reporter David Spicer, who insists he played a memorable Joseph in 1979 in primary school (gosh he is old), caught up with Andrew Conaghan.

Seesaw First Neglected Musical for 2011

The first Neglected Musical for 2011 is Seesaw, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Written by Michael Bennett. Starring James Millar and Katrina Retallick, along with With Chris Horsey, Amelia Cormack, Tom Sharah, Caroline Kaspar,Stacy Nitschke, Kurt Phelan and John Hackett,the presentation of Seesaw will be on Monday 28 February at 2pm and 8pm at the Darlinghurst Theatre. John Banas directs, with movement by Chris Horsey and design elements by Anna Gardiner

Belvoir the Big Winner

Belvoir scooped the pool at the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards on Monday January 17, 2011 at the Paddington RSL, figuring in eleven awards including a shared award with Theatre of Image for Best Production for Children and Best New Australian Work for Namatjira.

The revival of the Neil Armfield / Geoffrey Rush collaboration Diary of a Madman led with four awards, but it was the Benedict Andrews directed Measure for Measure which claimed the major awards for Direction and Best Mainstage Production.

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