Secret Broadway

Starring Shoshana Bean and Simon Burke 
Hosted by Lance Horne
Featuring Mindy Kwanten and Jordan Malone 

The secret’s out! We’re bringing Broadway to the Gold Coast in 2020 and our Secret Broadway headliners include the incredible Shoshana Bean (USA) and Australian stage and television icon Simon Burke.

Secret Broadway is a series of unforgettable evenings of musical theatre favourites, with numbers performed by special guests from Broadway and beyond. It’s part late night sing-a-long and part homage to musical theatre and cabaret. Nothing unlocks the love of theatre like a musical – and Lance Horne is inviting audiences to fall in love with their favourite songs all over again.

Our first international guest Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage, having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked and most recently as Jenna in Waitress.

Joining Shoshana is Simon Burke,  who has performed in musicals both in Australia and overseas for over forty years, including Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera, Falsettos and Mary Poppins. His has also been a familiar face on Australian television screens, appearing in programs like The Flying Doctors, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, All Saints, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and Rake.

Also featuring in the cast is extraordinary vocalist Mindy Kwanten, fresh off the back of playing ‘Cynthia’ in The Sapphires, as well as Brisbane-based Jordan Malone, who recently made her debut in the new musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Don’t miss this extraordinary concert, only on the Gold Coast.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Meet and Greet with Shoshana Bean and Simon Burke

Want to rub shoulders with the stars of Secret Broadway? Included in a premium ticket price is the opportunity to get up close and personal with Shoshana and Simon after the show, including taking some photos and having a chat. There are only a limited number of premium tickets available, so get in quick.

What Is Secret Broadway?

The cabaret series Secret Broadway takes a page from the award-winning book ‘The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows are Built’, which explains (and mirrors) the narrative structure of great American musicals – beginning with an overture and closing with a curtain call.

Each evening of entertainment is inspired by a chapter in the book and a type of musical song, for example:

The ‘I Want’ Song
The Wizard and I from Wicked, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady

The Conditional Love Song
You and Me (But Mostly Me) from The Book of Mormon, We Can Do It from The Producers

The 11 O’Clock Number (The big finish)
Rose’s Turn from Gypsy, You Can’t Stop the Beat from Hairspray

In this first cabaret evening this Feb, it’s ‘curtains up’ as we celebrate the opening numbers  and ‘I want’ songs of Broadway in all their glory including classics such as Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’ from Oklahoma!, I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line, and Something’s Coming from West Side Story.

Cast

Your Host for the Evening:
Lance Horne (USA)

Lance is an Emmy-award winning composer, pianist, singer and music director who has arranged for/performer with Alan Cumming, Liza Minelli, Sandra Bernhard, Kristin Chenoweth, Carol Channing and more. His Broadway credits include the vocal arrangements for Little Women, and arrangements with Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer.

Shoshana Bean (USA)

Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage, having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the first replacement Elphaba, and performing as Jenna in Waitress, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and CeeCee Bloom in Beaches (pre-Broadway production). Shoshana also has several successful R&B and Blues albums, and her latest debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.

Simon Burke

Simon has enjoyed success in Australian and internationally in film, television, stage, and cabaret. On television, Simon is well known as a presenter on Play School, and for his award-winning role in Devils Playground. On stage, he has starred in Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Falsettos, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, La Cage aux Folles, Mary Poppins, and Noises Off.

Mindy Kwanten

Mindy Kwanten is an extraordinary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, actor, songwriter, vocal producer and arranger. Cast in her first lead role at age 17 as ‘Mabel’ in the original cast of Fame the Musical (Australia and Asia). Mindy went on to feature in the role of ‘Mary’ in David Atkins’ Hair the Musical, before starring as a ‘Diva’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, and most recently as ‘Cynthia’ in The Sapphires. She has performed as a backing vocalist for Archie Roach, Christine Anu, Dan Sultan, and David Campbell. Mindy’s greatest love is originals project Bow and Arrow – an electro-soul duo with husband Mitchell Kwanten, which has played Byron Bay Blues Festival, Spirit Festival, Adelaide Fringe and more.

Jordan Malone

Jordan is a Brisbane-born performer and has most recently been seen in Kiss Me Kate (Opera Queensland), in QPAC’s Broadway and Beyond concerts alongside Rhonda Burchmore and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, in Bare: A Musical (as part of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Melt Festival), and as Marta in Spring Awakening. Jordan is currently touring with GFO’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Mondays in the Club with Lance: Down Under

After you enjoy the veritable New York experience at Secret Broadway, join us on Mon 24 Feb for a more intimate cabaret experience with Lance Horne. A cross between a good old-fashioned piano party, a spontaneous cabaret and pure musical mayhem, Mondays in the Club is a night of musical theatre fun, featuring special guests and local up-and-coming talent.

Eats & Drinks before the show?

We highly recommend booking at our Café and our foyer bar is open 60 mins prior to performances.

Spotify Playlist

Here’s a Spotify Playlist to get you ready for the performance… enjoy!

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