Donna McKechnie, newly inducted into the American Hall Of Fame, received a Best Actress Tony Award for her performance in A CHORUS LINE. She is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies, having starred in and also choreographed numerous musical theatrical productions in London's West End, Paris and Tokyo.
She recently opened a new cabaret show at 54 Below with Andrea McArdle…. A CELEBRATION OF SONDHEIM AND HAMLISCH, which has been touring the country for the past year. Their show was nominated for a MAC Award this year.
Donna was one of the stars in a new musical called HALFTIME, which has been recorded and released with a score by Matthew Sklar.
She is one of the stars in 4GIRLS4, a new concert series with Andrea McArdle , Faith Prince and Maureen McGovern.
Donna restaged Michael Bennett's choreography for the American Dance Machine 21st Century for the last three years at the Joyce Theatre in New York and will be working with them again, this year. She costarred in The Arena Stage's production of PAJAMA GAME and the previous year she was one of the stars in Michael John Lachuisa's, THE WILD PARTY in London's West End.
A few seasons ago Donna was featured in Chris Gatelli's highly acclaimed IN YOUR ARMS at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre with a score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and
co-starred in Warren Carlyle's original musical, CAREFREE.
Besides A CHORUS LINE, Ms. McKechnie’s Broadway credits include HOW TO SUCCEED…., THE EDUCATION OF HYMAN KAPLAN, SONDHEIM-A MUSICAL TRIBUTE,(which she also choreographed),ON THE TOWN, PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY, STATE FAIR.(Fred Astaire Award), and John Doyle's production of THE VISIT.
She was in another Doyle Production a few seasons ago, called TEN CENTS A DANCE at the McCarter Theatre in Princton, N.J.
Besides her extensive work performing in concert and with symphony orchestras all over this country, Donna has starred in numerous regional plays and musicals, including FOLLIES, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, MACK AND MABEL, GYPSY, LOVE-LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, THE GLASS MENAGERIE and THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES.
Bob Fosse invited Donna 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 appeared in numerous television dramatic series and musical shows including HBO Specials, Hullabaloo, the Tonight Show, Fame, Cheers, and Dark Shadows. She choreographed GUYS AND DOLLS at the Hollywood Bowl a few seasons ago, as well as choreographing Leslie Caron in SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS at the Laguna Playhouse.
Ms. McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS- My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster.
She was also featured in the films, THE LITTLE PRINCE and EVERY LITTLE STEP.