Donna McKechnie

DAVID M.HAWKINS In association with The Adelaide Cabaret Festival present


Tony Award winning star of A CHORUS LINE - Live in Melbourne & Sydney for the first time

"This mix of high-sheen professionalism and raw vulnerability make "An Evening with Donna McKechnie" quite a singular sensation".

Ben Brantley –
The New York Times

Broadway Tony-Award winning star Donna McKechnie enjoyed one of her greatest triumphs as Sally, in the acclaimed revival of the Stephen Sondheim – James Goldman musical, Follies, in the spring of 1998. "She defined the art of torch singing with 'Losing My Mind,' raved Variety, joining the New York Times and other critics in unstintingly praising her performance. She is now coming to Australia for the first time.

Ms. McKechnie's Broadway credits include: How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Sondheim – A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On The Town, Promises, Promises!, Company and State Fair, for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1996 season. In London's West End she starred in Promises, Promises, Company, No Way To Treat A Lady (which she also choreographed), Cole Porter's Can-Can and Sondheim's Follies.

Bob Fosse invited Ms. McKechnie to play the lead in his last production, a National tour of Sweet Charity, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. She has performed extensively on the concert stage with symphony orchestras, in cabaret, and regional theatre. Her credits include Irma La Douce, Cabaret, Goodbye Girl, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mack and Mabel, The Glass Menagerie and Misalliance.

Donna's television credits include Fame, Family Ties and Cheers. She Choreographed the highly acclaimed production of Guys and Dolls, at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, and played herself in the highly successful documentary Every Little Step. Her memoir, Time Steps – My Musical Comedy Life was published by Simon Schuster.

Ms. McKechnie is very excited to be coming to Melbourne and Sydney, having never performed in Australia.


David M. Hawkins
in association with Harvest Rain Theatre Company and Arts Asia Pacific present

The Sydney debut of
the BROADWAY sensation


Best known for her roles in the Broadway smash hits Wicked and Hairspray and a stellar performance alongside Brian McKnight on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, Shoshana Bean recently released her debut solo album Superhero on her own label, Shotime Records. In it's first week of sales, Superhero reached #5 on the itunes R&apm;B charts, making it the only independent album in the top 100.

Raised in Portland, Oregon and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Shoshana first appeared on the New York City theater scene in the Off-Broadway revival of Godspell. Soon after, she made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning production of Hairspray and went on to be the first replacement for the famed green-skinned witch Elphaba in the Broadway sensation Wicked. Following her year-long Broadway run, she was invited to reprise her performance throughout North America in the Wicked national tour. She appeared at the Kennedy Center in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Weber and as the Narrator in Joseph and the. . .Dreamcoat at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Most recently Shoshana headlined in the Las Vegas burlesque revue Peepshow, conceived and directed by Jerry Mitchell. She made her Los Angeles concert debut at the Ford Amphitheater in June 2008, and in November made her New York City concert debut to a sold out crowd at Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center. For this accomplishment she was presented with a Woman of Valor award by Hadassah, a Jewish Women's organization. In addition to theatrical and concert appearances accross the country, she has performed on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Martha Stewart, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, MTV's Made, and Soul Train Christmas Starfest, to name a few.

Shoshana has been a back-up singer for an endless list of superstars including Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Destiny's Child, N'Sync, Ray Charles, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson at KTU's Miracle on 34th street and Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, both at Madison Square Garden. She gained national attention when she teamed up with Grammy Award nominee Brian McKnight to honor Aretha Franklin on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. The duo performed Franklin's classic "Ain't No Way" on the nationally broadcast show, prompting a live audience to erupt into a standing ovation before the song was over.

Her work as a singer/songwriter has been featured on MTV's The Hills and Mercy. Her debut single "Superhero"was used to promote NBC's Monday night line-up (Chuck, Heroes) and was recently nominated for an Independent Music Award.

She can be heard on several recordings and cast albums including Godspell (2000 Revival cast), the original cast recording of Hairspray, and the Actors Fund recordings of Hair ("I Believe in Love") and Dreamgirls. She has also lent her voice to the motion picture soundtracks of Hairspray, Disney's Enchanted, and the Wayans brothers comedy Dance Flick.

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