Warlow to make Broadway debut as Warbucks

Ella Nicol and Anthony Warlow in Annie 2012
Ella Nicol as Annie and Anthony Warlow as Daddy Warbucks. Image by Jeff Busby

According to the Courier Mail, Australia’s biggest musical theatre star Anthony Warlow will soon be heading to Broadway.

It is understood he is to make his debut on the Great White Way in the Broadway revival of Annie playing the role of Daddy Warbucks – a role which he is currently performing in the acclaimed Australian revival.

No stranger to the role, Warlow received the unprecedented honour of having a new song inserted into the 2000-2001 revival of Annie by lyricist and original Broadway director Martin Charnin for him to sing as Warbucks — ‘Why Should I Change A Thing’. The song was removed from the current Australian season, and it is not known if it will appear in the Broadway revival.

Warlow will be 51 years old when he begins his Broadway debut, but he has already established himself internationally as one of the world’s greatest music theatre performers. Dubbed ‘The Voice’, Warlow made a guest appearance at the Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary concert with Sarah Brightman (featured on the DVD) and has reportedly been sought for prior engagements on Broadway by the producers of The Secret Garden, Jekyll and Hyde and The Phantom of the Opera.

The Australian tour of Annie is currently playing at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre for 12 weeks before transferring to Perth. It is understood the Broadway revival will open in November this year.

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

Erin James

4 thoughts on “Warlow to make Broadway debut as Warbucks

  • Extraordinary indeed, as of this afternoon no one in the cast knew about this,of course these Sunday papers have leaked inaccurate info before

  • Congratulations Anthony! 

  • Congratulations Mr Warlow.  So very happy for him – and the USA audience – but sad for us to see him leave our shores.  Hopefully it won’t be for too long, but probably a very good segue into “Dr Zhivago – A New Musical” when it opens with him in the title role on Broadway in 2014.


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