Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'

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Donna McKechnie "wowed" the capacity crowd at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on Wednesday night, Nov. 3rd when she returned for the second time with her show, MY MUSICAL COMEDY LIFE. She received multiple standing ovations throughout her expertly crafted act, which she and director Richard Jay-Alexander have been presenting across the country and around the globe.

Donna told us that she loves being in that space, as she knew Laurie Beechman and it's a perfect place, in the heart of the theatre district, to continue to hone the piece, which is ever morphing and changing. Donna told us, "Hey, if it's good enough for Joan Rivers ... it's good enough for me!" BWW was in the house on Wednesday night, as was a real mixed-bag of an audience, which included pros, college kids, aspiring actor/singer/dancers, colleagues (including acclaimed director John Erman) and many a co-worker or fellow cast mates from McKechnie's rich theatrical history.

The musicians - Ray Marchica and Ray Kilday, led by the masterful Alex Rybeck made love to McKechnie on the stage with glorious music from Broadway, Film and standards, all woven together by storytelling that seemed so seamless and effortless, that it didn't seem like a show at all, but more of having a beautiful evening with a wonderful friend. The lighting and sound were also meticulous.What is so amazing about this show is the cast she brings along with her - Fosse, Verdon, Bennett .... and so many more. We don't want to give any "spoilers" but there are some real surprises in this act. Phil Geoffrey Bond stepped forward months ago to offer McKechnie the space and this looks like a very happy marriage.

If you haven't seen it, keep your eyes peeled for the next time. It is truly fantastic.

Photos by Walter McBride / WM Photos

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Donna McKechnie - "My Musical Comedy Life"

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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 Donna McKechnieRay Kilday (bass)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Ray Marchica (drums), Donna McKechnieRay Kilday (bass)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Alex Rybeck (Musical Director), Ray Marchica (drums), Donna McKechnieRay Kilday (bass)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Donna McKechnie

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'

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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Alex Rybeck (Musical Director), Ray Marchica (drums), Donna McKechnieRay Kilday (bass)

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Donna McKechnie

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Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'

Paige Davis & Donna McKechnie

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Marni Nixon & Donna McKechnie

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Donna McKechnie & Harvey Evans

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Kevin Van Meter and Donna McKechnie

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Jessica Dillan, Donna McKechnie & Frankie Kraft

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Paige Davis & Donna McKechnie, Richard Jay-Alexander & Harvey Evans

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Phil Bond, Donna McKechnie & Kenny Bell

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Donna McKechnie and Stanley Hura

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Denis Jones, Donna McKechnie & Andrew Rannells

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Carol Lawrence & Donna McKechnie

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Donna McKechnie with students from NYU & Marymount Manhattan College

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Richard Jay-Alexander, Donna McKechnie & Braden Danner (Broadway's original Gavroche)

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Teri Ralston & Donna McKechnie

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Carol Lawrence, Richie Ridge & Donna McKechnie

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James Kinney & Donna McKechnie

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Donna McKechnie with Randy Rainbow & Richard Jay-Alexander

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
 Ray Marchica drums, Alex Rybeck Musical Director, Donna McKechnie, Ray Kilday bass

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Richard Jay-Alexander & Donna McKechnie

Photo Coverage: Donna McKechnie 'My Musical Comedy Life'
Donna McKechnie

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.