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Secret Broadway

Starring Shoshana Bean and Simon Burke 
Hosted by Lance Horne
Featuring Mindy Kwanten and Jordan Malone
With Tim Carroll, Adele Parkinson and James Shaw
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.


Download full cast bios here.

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

Joining Shoshana is Simon Burke, whose stellar music theatre career began playing Marius in the original Australian production of Les Miserables. The many shows he has starred in since include Anything Goes, Chicago, Mary Poppins, Hairspray, and in London’s West End Phantom of the Opera, Sound of Music and La Cage Aux Folles. He is well-known on our screens from such favourites as Play School, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and Rake.

Mindy Kwanten

Mindy was cast in her first lead role at 17 as Mabel in the original cast of Fame the Musical (Australia and Asia), and then went on to feature in the role of Mary in David Atkins’ Hair the Musical, star as a Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical, and as Cynthia in The Sapphires. She has performed as a backing vocalist for Archie Roach, Christine Anu, and David Campbell and others.

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.

Tim Carroll

Tim returns to HOTA after performing as Boq in Wicked last year. His credits include The Boys of Sondheim, Roger in Grease: The Arena Experience for Harvest Rain, Hanschen in Spring Awakening, and The Witch in Hansel & Gretel for Opera Queensland/Shake & Stir. He also spent 2018 touring Australia with the stage adaption of Andy Griffiths The 78-Storey Treehouse.

Adele Parkinson

Gold Coast born and raised, Adele Parkinson is a WAAPA graduate and alumnus of the Philippe Gaulier Theatre School in Paris. Her credits include, but are not limited to,  Elle Woods understudy in Legally Blonde: The Musical (GFO) Fantine understudy in Les Misérables (Cameron Macintosh International); and Marion in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Michael Cassel Group).

James Shaw

James is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, with his career as an actor, writer and director taking him around the world. Theatre credits include Wicked, Chicago, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Bare, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the Australian premiere of Titanic, and Jekyll and Hyde opposite the late Rob Guest.

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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