Annie welcomes Michael Cormick and Bert Newton

Michael Cormick
Michael Cormick

Leapin’ Lizards! Acclaimed musical theatre star Michael Cormick and television and theatre legend Bert Newton will join the cast of the sell-out Australian tour of Annie.

Michael Cormick (Cats, The Woman in White) will take the role of Daddy Warbucks on August 7 when Anthony Warlow heads to New York to play the same role in the new production of Annie on Broadway.

Bert Newton (Wicked, The Producers) will replace Alan Jones as President Roosevelt from July 24 when Alan heads to London to broadcast at the Olympic Games.

“I’m thrilled that Michael Cormick is taking over from Anthony,” said producer John Frost.

“As much as we’re sad to see Anthony leave the show, Michael is the perfect replacement. He has the commanding presence on stage that is needed for the role of Warbucks, and will fit in beautifully.

Bert Newton
Bert Newton

“And when I needed to find someone to replace Alan, I knew immediately it had to be Bert Newton, one of the most loved stars of stage and screen.

“From the first preview in Sydney last December, audiences have been flocking to Annie, proving again it is one of everyone’s favourite Broadway musicals… it will continue to thrill in Melbourne and then in Perth.”

They join the stellar cast of Nancye Hayes as Miss Hannigan, Todd McKenney as Rooster Hannigan, Chloe Dallimore as Lily St Regis and Julie Lea Goodwin as Grace Farrell.

Annie is currently wowing audiences in Melbourne following a successful run in Sydney. A Perth season will follow on August 24.

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Cassie is a theatre critic and arts writer in Sydney. She studied communication and media at the University of Newcastle, where she began honing her professional writing and critical analysis skills, as well as publishing creative works in several journals and magazines. She has previously reviewed music and theatre for numerous online hubs including LiveGuide, BroadwayWorld Australia, and Time Out Sydney. Cassie can usually be found in a theatre foyer somewhere soaking up the atmosphere.

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