NEW YORK -- At a restaurant one recent night, Anthony Warlow posed a rather strange question to some fans.
A couple from Atlanta who had just seen the new Broadway revival of "Annie" approached the Australian actor's table and complimented him on his skills as Daddy Warbucks. Warlow smiled large. "That's great," he told them in his naturally singsongy Aussie accent. Then he pressed for more: "I know this is a funny thing to say, but did I sound like a New Yorker?"
"Oh, my God," said the husband, nodding to his wife. "She thought you were a native."
It was the answer Warlow desperately wanted to hear.
"I know I can sing, I know I can act and I can kind of dance, but the one thing I'm really wanting people to believe is that I'm a New Yorker when I'm on that stage," says the actor in his dressing room at the cavernous Palace Theatre. "I know that sounds silly to say, but it means a lot to me."
Warlow, known Down Under as the thinking man's musical theater guy, doesn't leave much to chance and even less uninvestigated. And making his Broadway debut at age 50, he wants every part of it just so.