ROB GUEST  O.B.E. (as The Wizard)

       

Born in Birmingham, England, Rob in fact began his career as a singer in the pop charts of New Zealand. He starred for many years on favourite TV shows such as Happen Inn and performed his hit records from NZ to Korea to Czechoslovakia, where he performed to a television audience of over 400 million. In 1978 Rob won the Korean Song Festival Best Performance trophy, was voted New Zealand's Professional Performer of the Year and recorded his own television special for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Rob worked in Las Vegas through the eighties, where he performed as M.C. at the Dunes Hotel, then at Harrah's Hotel in Atlantic City, Reno and Lake Tahoe Tahoe.  In 1985 he won the coveted FIDOF Award in Los Angeles for his performance at the World Song Festival in the USA.

       

Rob moved to Australia when cast in the role of Jean Valjean in Les MisÚrables, for which he received a Green Room Award for Best Male Performer in a Leading Role. After touring Australia for three and a half years he was cast as The Phantom in Phantom of the Opera, going on to play the role to great acclaim for a record 2,289 performances over 7 years.