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Donna Mckechnie

Donna McKechnie (Inside the Music) is the recipient of the 2002 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Female Entertainer. One of Broadway’s leading ladies, Donna McKechnie is also one of the more fascinating concert performers. Her concert show, My Musical Comedy Life, which received unanimous raves from New York theatre critics, toured nationwide last year and continues to captivate audiences wherever it is performed. 

Donna appeared on Broadway in the Theatre Guild’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer. She is perhaps best known for her Tony Award-winning (Best Actress in a Musical) performance as Cassie in A Chorus Line. She re-created the role in the first English speaking companies in Tokyo and Paris. She received an Ovation Award nomination for her role in Mack & Mabel for the Reprise Series in Los Angeles. Regionally, Donna has played most of the memorable musical leading ladies, including starring in A Little Night Music, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, and I Do, I Do. Donna has the distinction of playing the three major female characters in Follies, garnering rave reviews and standing ovations. She played Phyllis at The Drury Lane in London, Sally at The Paper Mill Playhouse, and most recently, Carlotta for Reprise, where she stopped the show every night with her rendition of “I’m Still Here.”

Donna’s other Broadway credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, which she also choreographed, On The Town, Promises, Promises, and Company. She re-created her roles in these last two productions in London’s West End where she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress for Promises, Promises. She also starred in the English production of Can Can and No Way To Treat A Lady, which she also choreographed. Donna created the role of Sheila Kelly in Annie Warbucks, the sequel to Annie, in New York. She was invited by Bob Fosse to star in his last production, an American tour of Sweet Charity, for which she was nominated for the Helen Hayes Award as Best Actress in a Musical. She was featured, along with Bob Fosse, as Rose in Stanley Donan’s The Little Prince

Television audiences remember her from her days on Cheers, HBO Musical Specials, NBC’s Hullabaloo and the cult series Dark Shadows. The CD of Inside the Music was recently released by Fynsworth Alley.
 
 
 

4/2003