Anthony Warlow to debut on Broadway
It was announced today in New York that Australia's leading musical theatre performer Anthony Warlow has been cast in the role of Daddy Warbucks in the new revival of ANNIE on Broadway. This marks Warlow's Broadway debut. He is currently playing Daddy Warbucks in John Frost's national Australian production of ANNIE, currently playing at Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Warlow will continue starring in the Melbourne production until Sunday August 5. His replacement will 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."
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.
The Tony Award®-winning classic musical ANNIE opens November 8 at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in New York, with previews from October 3. Playing opposite Warlow in the new production of ANNIE will be two-time Tony Award® winner Katie Finneran (Promises, Promises, Noises Off) as Miss Hannigan.