Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Warlow Vows to Soldier through Dr Zhivago

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Warlow Vows to Soldier through Dr Zhivago

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SYDNEY (AAP): Anthony Warlow has vowed to soldier through pain for the world premiere of Doctor Zhivago in Sydney on Saturday night.

The actor tore a calf muscle during rehearsals for the long-awaited musical less than a week ago, forcing the cancellation of the first night preview and leaving expectant theatre fans on tenterhooks.

Warlow will modify his movements on opening night but is promising a proper stab at the physical play after remaining previews were acted by a stand-in.

C[pounds sterling]I'm surprised by my rate of recovery actually because doctors predicted the injury would take six weeks to properly heal,C[yen] Warlow said pointing to his bandaged leg.

C[pounds sterling]I'll be up and running, as it were, I won't be jumping around but the voice is fine which is the main thing.C[yen]

Doctor Zhivago is one of the most anticipated Australian productions in recent years and the first time Warlow has been offered the chance to mould a stage character created entirely for him.

The Wollongong-born actor was earmarked for the role by the play's American composer Lucy Simon following a show-stealing turn in her musical The Secret Garden 15 years ago.

C[pounds sterling]One cannot hear Anthony without saying I want him in everything I do in my life involving music,C[yen] Simon told AAP on Thursday.

C[pounds sterling]His voice is just incredible, from the first song of The Secret Garden it was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.C[yen]

Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago tells the story of Dr Yuri Zhivago (Warlow) and his surrounding love interests and rivals against the backdrop of the 1917 Russian Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War.

Dripping in romance and melodrama, Warlow believes Zhivago has the power to match the iconicity of his best remembered turn in the Phantom of the Opera. …

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