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Rob Guest

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Biography

Robert John Guest was born on July 17, 1950 in England, but moved to New Zealand with his family when he was 13 years old. He studied in Canada, and then returned to New Zealand where he soon started a successful career in theatre and music. Robert is married to singer Judy Barnes, and they have a son named Christopher and a daughter named Amy.

Rob has played the main character in several popular musicals, like Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin, and he has also toured all over the world.

In 1978 Rob won a trophy at the Korean Song Festival, and the same year he was voted New Zealand's Professional Performer of the Year. In 1985 he received the F.I.D.O.F. Award in Los Angeles, and in 1986 Rob was the Cultural Ambassador of New Zealand.

Rob has played the part of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables all over Australia, and in 1991 he received the Green Room Award (Best Male Performer in a Leading Role) for the part. In 1992 and 1993 he won the Best New Zealand Theatrical Performer of the Year award (for Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera), and in 1994, he received the Benny award. In 1994 he also got an OBE (for his contribution to the New Zealand Entertainment Industry).

In 1995 he represented Australia at the Les Misérables 10th Anniversary Concert as Australia’s Jean Valjean. Rob also played the part of Jean Valjean for the 10th Anniversary Tour in Australia and New Zealand in 1998-1999, which was followed by the lead role in the successful Jolson, and Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

In 2000 Rob appeared as The Host in the TV movie Happy Birthday 2 You, where he sung the song Don’t Go Breaking My Heart. He has also hosted several TV shows , as well as having his own TV specials.

Rob has released three popular albums; Standing Ovation (1991), The Magic of Christmas (1998) and Unmasked (2000).