The six finalists have been announced for the 2010 Rob Guest Endowment. Created in recognition of the late Guest’s achievements in the musical theatre industry following his sudden death in 2008, ANZ and ANZ Trustees have established a memorial fund in Guest’s honour to encourage emerging young performers in musical theatre. The ANZ Trustees Foundation: ANZ Rob Guest Endowment will be awarded each year to an emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts. The Award will provide the emerging performer with further knowledge and training in the industry to develop their potential.
The six finalists selected are Sarah Bakker, Simon Brook McLachlan, Francine Cain, Nathan Derrick, Bree Langridge, and Drew Weston. They were selected from submissions across Australia and represent some of the most promising emerging musical theatre talents.
The six finalists will share the spotlight with a ‘who’s who’ of Australian showbusiness at the 2010 Rob Guest Endowment Concert on Monday October 4 at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne, competing to become the second winner of The ANZ Trustees Foundation: ANZ Rob Guest Endowment Award.
Hosted by Bert Newton, the concert will also feature performances from Australia’s biggest music theatre stars, including:

  • Lucy Durack and members of the cast of WICKED
  • Rhonda Burchmore
  • Cast members from Mary Poppins
  • Amanda Harrison
  • Matt Lee
  • Chris Horsey
  • Tom Burlinson
  • Rachael Beck, Mandy Carnie and Danielle Barnes
  • Danielle Matthews, Inaugural winner of the Rob Guest Endowment award

Tickets are on sale now at and are priced at $80 (Premium), $60 (A Reserve) and $30 (students).