Thursday night was a veritable WHO's WHO of theatre history as Donna McKechnie and her publishers hosted a book party at the National Arts Club, celebrating the release of TIME STEPS - My Musical Comedy Life (co-written with Greg Lawrence). We headed to Gramercy Park South, which is almost a world unto itself (and which admittedly we had never been to) and walked into this amazing building and architectural piece of history. Among the adoring crowd were Meredith Vieira, Tony Roberts, Jane Krakowski, Patricia Birch, John Breglio, Michael Musto, Kelly Bishop, David Lewis, Bebe Neuwirth, Richard Jay-Alexander, Mark Sendroff, Harvey Evans, Kurt Peterson, Pamela Myers, Priscilla Lopez, Thommie Walsh, Baayork Lee, Cady Huffman, Craig Rubano, Don Smith, Paige Davis, Teri Ralston, fellow media members and many others. Eugene Gwozdz was on piano.
The event was very well organized and included McKechnie reading passages from her book and surprise musical performances that magically seemed to come out of nowhere from COMPANY, FOLLIES and A CHORUS LINE. The evening kicked off when Thommie Walsh, whose book ON THE LINE (written with Robert Viagas and Baayork Lee) is being reissued, gave an emotional and heartfelt introduction to his longtime friend and A CHORUS LINE co-star. It was very emotional and as cliched as it may sound, there was love everywhere - all of it pointed in McKechnie's direction. You can read BroadwayWorld.com's "Book Report" of TIME STEPS by clicking here.
Report by Robert Diamond
Ian Herman and Pamela Shaw
Kurt Peterson, Teri Ralston, Harvey Evans, and Julie Peterson
Richard Jay-Alexander and Bebe Neuwirth
David Nolan, Meredith Vieira, and Aldon James (President, National Arts Club)
Teri Ralston, David Brind, Cady Huffman, and Tony Roberts
Richard Cohen and Meredith Vieira
Baayork Lee, Stanley Hura, and Teri Ralston
Linda and Robert R. Blume
Mary Sue Finnerty, Susan Danielle, and Kelly Bishop
Jane Krakowski and Mark Sendroff
Kurt Peterson, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, Pamela Myers, and Harvey Evans
Joel Vig, Donna McKechnie, and Aldon James
Harvey Evans and Priscilla Lopez
Donna McKechnie and Thommie Walsh
Pamela Myers singing "Another Hundred People"
Pamela Myers and Donna McKechnie
Harvey Evans, Donna McKechnie and Kurt Peterson
Harvey Evans and Kurt Peterson singing "Waiting for the Girls Upstairs"
Harvey Evans and Kurt Peterson
Harvey Evans and Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie and Kurt Peterson
Priscilla Lopez singing "What I Did For Love"
Harvey Evans, Pamela Myers, Donna McKechnie, and Kurt Peterson joining Priscilla Lopez on "What I Did For Love"
Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie and Kurt Peterson
Harvey Evans, Pamela Myers, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, and Kurt Peterson
Donna McKechnie and Ian Herman
Micky Boardman and Michael Musto
Richard Jay-Alexander and Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie autographs her book Time Steps
Meredith Vieira, Donna McKechnie and Richard Cohen
Thommie Walsh and Donna McKechnie
Kurt Peterson with a few Fosse dancers:
Susan Danielle, Julie Peterson, Stephanie Eley, Mary Sue Finnerty, and Mimi Quillin
Thommie Walsh and Bebe Neuwirth
David Brind, Cady Huffman, Thommie Walsh and Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth and Harvey Evans
Bebe Neuwirth and Donna McKechnie
A CHORUS LINE reunion: Bebe Neuwirth, Susan Danielle,
Denise Boockvor, Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie, Priscilla Lopez,
Baayork Lee, and Thommie Walsh
Susan Danielle, Bebe Neuwirth, Denise Boockvor,
Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie, Thommie Walsh, Priscilla Lopez, and Baayork Lee
A CHORUS LINE original cast reunion: Kelly Bishop, Donna McKechnie,
Thommie Walsh, Priscilla Lopez and Baayork Lee
Eugene Gwozdz and Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie, Chelsea Beres, and Stanley Hura