Vale Rob Guest

March 14th, 2009

Originally posted on October 2 2008

I can’t claim to have known him, but I saw Rob Guest perform a number of times in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.  He had a beautiful, rich voice, and unlike some singers was able to act enough to be convincing in his roles.  Australia has lost one of it’s leading male performers (even if he was born in New Zealand).  Guest was only 57 years old, and we could have assumed that he still had many years of performing left in him.  By all accounts he was as generous with his time and helping young performers as he was at captivating an audience.

I regret that now I will never be able to see him as The Wizard of Oz in Wicked.  Rodney Dobson, who was also excellent in Les Mis will be taking over the role, and I’m sure he will do a good job.  But it still would have been nice to see Rob Guest in the role.

Musical Review: Phantom of the Opera

March 14th, 2009

Originally published on May 28 2008

Today we saw the current Sydney production of Phantom of the Opera.  I have seen it quite a few times with various casts, including New York, Melbourne, and several other Sydney productions.

The venue this time around is the Lyric Theatre at the Star City.  It is not a venue I like much, I think the venue for previous productions – the Theatre Royal – is better.  The Lyric probably holds more in terms of audience, which is probably why it was chosen, but its atmosphere is like a huge shed.

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