Rob Lester, native New Yorker, has been covering entertainment for 15 years for various outlets and has just joined the Broadway World writing staff. His involvement in cabaret has also led to involvement with the genre's awards as a voting judge and he helps curate the Artists In Partnership (AIP) Cabaret Festival each May on Long Beach, Long Island and co-moderates its panel discussions. As far as musical theatre he loves attending, researching, reviewing, directing, writing songs and scripts as well as being as a dramaturg. He also worked with author Deb Berman on her forthcoming book for kids about what happens before birth called "9 Months in The Play Womb: The Inside Story." He personally hails from the womb of a mother who loves the Great American Songbook and its singers, instilling that appreciation in him.