Feature Artists announced for the Rob Guest Endowment Gala Concert
14 November | Sydney Lyric Theatre
The 2016 Rob Guest Endowment Grand Final Concert will be hosted by Lucy Durack and Penny McNamee, who both worked with late-Rob Guest in his final show, Wicked.
Guest artists performing at the concert will include pop sensation Paulini, principal cast members from Aladdin, the Helpmann Award winning Molly Barwick, Sasha Rose, Georgia Taplin and Bella Thomas who originated the role of Matilda in Australia, past winners Samantha Leigh Dodemaide and Blake Bowden, 2015 Rob Guest Endowment winner Daniel Assetta, and cast members from Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical.
The 6 Finalists of ther Rob Guest Endowment Award will be showcasing their talent in the hope of taking home the highly coveted Award of $20,000. They are Du Toit Bredenkamp (The Sound of Music), Hilary Cole (Kinky Boots), Linden Furnell (Kinky Boots), Stefanie Jones (The Sound of Music), Genevieve Kingsford (Light in the Piazza) and Matthew Predny (Kinky Boots).
The competition will be judged by Australian musical theatre’s finest creatives, including Kelley Abbey and Guy Simpson.
Now in its 8th year, the Rob Guest Endowment Award is presented annually to an exceptional, emerging musical theatre performer selected by a panel of industry experts. It seeks out Australia’s brightest and most talented young rising stars by putting them through a gruelling audition process leading up to the Grand Final Concert. Past winners and finalists are performing in lead roles in musical theatre around Australia, including Daniel Assetta (Cats), Kirby Burgess (Dirty Dancing), Andrew Cook (Matilda), Samantha Leigh Dodemaide (Anything Goes), Euan Doidge (Les Miserables), Glenn Hill (Matilda), Joshua Robson (Dream Lover) and Gretel Scarlett (Singin’ in the Rain).