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Monday, June 4, 2012

Anthony Warlow to make Broadway debut as Daddy Warbucks in Annie

Australian stage veteran has accepted the role of the lonely tycoon in a new production of Annie opening at the Palace Theatre on Broadway on October 3, replacing Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which starred another Australian in a lead role, Tony Sheldon.

Warlow's decision to make his US debut at the age of 50 will force him to cut short his commitment to the present Australian tour of Annie. His final Australian performance will be on August 5 in Melbourne, where Annie opened at the Regent Theatre last week after sellout seasons in Brisbane and Sydney.

Producer John Frost says he hopes to announce Warlow's replacement within a week or two. The new actor will perform the final week of the Melbourne season and appear in the subsequent Perth season.

When the New York production opens at the Palace Theatre on November 8 it will mark Warlow's Broadway debut.

It's a huge achievement for Warlow, who won critical acclaim - and the love of audiences - as the lead in The Phantom Of The Opera in 1990 and Doctor Zhivago last year, with a glittering career in-between.

Despite now being faced with a fresh search for an Aussie Daddy Warbucks, Annie producer John Frost was thrilled for his close friend's Broadway role.

"I'm so glad that finally Broadway audiences will be able to experience the Warlow magic,'' Frost said.

"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 will continue starring in Annie in Melbourne until August 5 and his replacement will be announced in coming weeks.
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