PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Doctor Zhivago Star Anthony Warlow

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Acclaimed Australian musical theatre and recording star Anthony Warlow, currently starring in the the new musical Doctor Zhivago, fills out's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Anthony Warlow
Anthony Warlow

Warlow starred in the original Australian productions of The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden and Les Misérables. Other notable roles Down Under include Sky in Guys and Dolls, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Warbucks in Annie and Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady.

He has appeared on the operatic stage as Gabriel Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Along with John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John, Warlow headlined "The Main Event" concert tour, which was released on CD and DVD. He may be heard in the lead roles on the two-disc Jekyll & Hyde concept album and as Enjolras on the Les Misérables Complete Symphonic Recording.

Warlow's solo releases include Best of Act One, Midnight Dreaming, Back in the Swing, On the Boards and Centre Stage. He is set to reprise his role as Warbucks in Annie at Sydney's Lyric Theatre this winter.

Full given name: Anthony Thorn Warlow
Hometown: Wollongong, NSW, Australia
What your parents did/do for a living: My father was a photographer and my mother’s occupation was home duties.
Skill/talent you wish you had or were better at: Playing the piano


First major theatre production you ever saw: Jesus Christ Superstar at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney in about 1973
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? The original production of Sweeney Todd with Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury
Theatre star or singer of the past you would most love to have sung a duet with: Baritone Alfred Drake or Bernadette Peters
Some favorite show tunes: The beautiful music of Doctor Zhivago by Lucy Simon, as she wrote them with me in mind.
A few of your all-time favorite musicals: Sweeney Todd and two musicals by Lucy Simon: The Secret Garden and Doctor Zhivago
Favorite operas: The Magic Flute and Tosca
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: The National Theatre’s War Horse in London – it was breathtaking!
Current favorite music to listen to: I love jazz, at the moment loving Dudley Moore’s album “Song for Suzy.”
Last book you read: Judi Dench’s autobiography “And Furthermore”
Must-see TV shows:

“Boston Legal” is my all-time favourite (Denny Crane!). My current secret thrill is “Two and a Half Men.”

Last good movie you saw: "Unknown" with Liam Neeson and also "The Adjustment Bureau" with Matt Damon. I love movies and usually see one or two a week.
Some films you consider classics: "Rebecca," "All About Eve" and "Jaws"... not necessarily in that order.
Favorite cities: New York – doesn’t everyone say that?
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: An LP of Mozart's The Magic Flute conducted by Karl Bohm, in which Friz Wunderlich gave a critically acclaimed performance as Prince Tamino.
When did you first fall in love with the performing arts? I can remember singing when I was four years old. From five or six I loved the idea of performing.
Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager: Playing the title role of Man of La Mancha with the Arcadians Theatre Group in Wollongong when I was 18.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: When I began at the Conservatorium, I realised it would be a career.
Favorite pre-/post-show meal: I enjoy a red meat meal before a show.
Pre-show rituals or warm-ups: I start to develop my character as I sit at the mirror and put on my makeup while I do my vocal exercises.
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: In 1990 I slipped and got my foot caught on stage during a performance of The Phantom of the Opera and couldn’t move. I did the whole scene from that position!
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Yurii Zhivago in Doctor Zhivago, my current role. It was written for me!
Leading lady role you wish you could play: Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls.
Your single most moving or memorable moment onstage: When I was 18 years old in Wollongong and played Quixote for the first time in Man of La Mancha. On opening night I got a standing ovation, the first ovation I had received. I was so overwhelmed I burst into tears.
Most challenging role, vocally, you've played: The Phantom, without a doubt
Some vocalists you admire: Alfred Drake, George Hearn and Bernadette Peters
Accomplishment you are most proud of: My daughter Phoebe
Words of wisdom for aspiring performers? Whatever you do, retain integrity, dignity, respect and vocal health.
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