Donna McKechnie News

Date of Birth: November 16, 1942 (73)
Birth Place: Pontiac, MI, USA
Gender: Female
Jenn Colella and Michael James Scott to Headline FPAC's 'BROADWAY IN FRANKLIN'Jenn Colella and Michael James Scott to Headline FPAC's 'BROADWAY IN FRANKLIN'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Broadway In Franklin: A Weekend with the Stars on February 26-28, featuring Broadway headliners Jenn Colella and Michael James Scott in a Broadway Revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way. (more...)

BWW Interview: Phil Geoffrey Bond Producer of SIMPLY STREISAND at NJPAC on 2/6BWW Interview: Phil Geoffrey Bond Producer of SIMPLY STREISAND at NJPAC on 2/6
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 1, 2016

Broadwayworld.com interviewed Phil Geoffrey Bond, Producer of 'Simply Streisand' at NJPAC on 2/6. (more...)

BWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards: 'Editor's Choice' Honors Go To Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Steve Ross, Alex Rybeck, Jim Caruso, Sean Harkness and Ian HermanBWW 2015 NY Cabaret Awards: 'Editor's Choice' Honors Go To Karen Mason, Mark Nadler, Steve Ross, Alex Rybeck, Jim Caruso, Sean Harkness and Ian Herman
by Stephen Hanks - Jan 20, 2016

After BroadwayWorld launched its New York Cabaret Awards in 2012, the cabaret section's editors realized that the selected categories and the popular vote nature of the election didn't adequately recognize some great performances and shows for that particular year. So in 2013, BWW added "Editor's Choice Awards" to the mix to not only reward special performances but also to acknowledge people who have helped grow cabaret and foster the spirit of the art form. This year, BWW New York Cabaret Editor Stephen Hanks and his reviewing staff-including Alix Cohen, David Clarke, Billie Roe, Rembert Block, and John Hoglund-selected seven stars of cabaret for this special honor. Now that the Awards for 2015 performances and shows are official, we wanted to tell you a bit about this year's "Editor's Choice Award" winners and offer them a chance to thank the New York cabaret community. Congratulations to all these worthy Award recipients. (more...)

BWW Interview: Petite Firecracker, Lauren Molina, Stars in Cleveland Playhouse's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSBWW Interview: Petite Firecracker, Lauren Molina, Stars in Cleveland Playhouse's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
by Roy Berko - Jan 11, 2016

If you had asked Lauren Molina during her high school days in Detroit what she was going to be when she grew up, the self-described 'brainiac,' would probably have answered, 'A doctor or a vet.' Though not thinking of a life behind the footlights, she did attend arts summer programs at Northwestern, Yale and NYU. (more...)

2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman, Adds Wednesday Matinees2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman, Adds Wednesday Matinees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

A new batch of tickets are now on sale for the Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 ACROSS, which began a open-ended engagement on November 14th at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ("Eloise") directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Tickets are now on sale through March 20th. Wednesday Matinees at 2pm have also been added to accommodate the demand. (more...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Vets & More Take the Stage in ADM21 at The Joyce TheaterPhoto Flash: Broadway Vets & More Take the Stage in ADM21 at The Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) returns to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue) from Monday, December 21st  through Sunday, January 3rd. Check out photos below! (more...)

Five Reasons Why 'Turkey Lurkey Time' is a Perfect Broadway Musical MomentFive Reasons Why 'Turkey Lurkey Time' is a Perfect Broadway Musical Moment
by Michael Dale - Dec 23, 2015

You've probably seen this video dozens of times, but did you ever seriously consider what makes this a perfect Broadway musical moment? (more...)

Exclusive Photo Coverage: American Dance Machine for the 21st Century Celebrates Opening Night!Exclusive Photo Coverage: American Dance Machine for the 21st Century Celebrates Opening Night!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - Dec 22, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) returns to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue), playing through Sunday, January 3rd. Nikki Feirt Atkins is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of ADM21. Directed by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked, Sweet Charity revival, Aida, The Who's Tommy), this year's program includes theatre dances from 'Broadway and Beyond' with live music provided by musical director Eugene Gwozdz. This return to The Joyce follows last year's sold out performances and promises once again, to rekindle old memories for theater dance enthusiasts and spark the imagination of audiences not yet familiar with these masterpieces. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below! (more...)

NYC Ballet and Broadway Star Georgina Pazcoguin Among Lineup for ADM21 Showcase, Starting Tonight at the Joyce TheaterNYC Ballet and Broadway Star Georgina Pazcoguin Among Lineup for ADM21 Showcase, Starting Tonight at the Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin joins American Dance Machine for the 21st Century at a special guest artist during their return to the Joyce Theater (175 8th Avenue), tonight, December 21, 2015 - January 3. 2016. (more...)

Photo Coverage: In the Studio with American Dance Machine for The 21st Century!Photo Coverage: In the Studio with American Dance Machine for The 21st Century!
by Walter McBride - Dec 16, 2015

American Dance Machine for the 21st Century (ADM21) will return to New York City's Joyce Theater (175 Eighth Avenue), staring Monday, December 21 through Sunday, January 3rd. Nikki Feirt Atkins is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of ADM21. Directed by Tony Award® winner Wayne Cilento (Wicked, Sweet Charity revival, Aida, The Who's Tommy), this year's program will include theatre dances from 'Broadway and Beyond' with live music provided by musical directorEugene Gwozdz. This return to The Joyce follows last year's sold out performances and promises once again, to rekindle old memories for theater dance enthusiasts and spark the imagination of audiences not yet familiar with these masterpieces. Check out a special preview of the show below! (more...)

Photo Flash: ELOISE Artist Hilary Knight Poses with Evelyn Rudie and Andrea McArdle at 2 ACROSS OpeningPhoto Flash: ELOISE Artist Hilary Knight Poses with Evelyn Rudie and Andrea McArdle at 2 ACROSS Opening
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2015

ELOISE creator Hilary Knight caught up with Evelyn Rudie who created the role of ELOISE in 1956 on television's 'Playhouse 90.' It brought her critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination at age six-the first time a child actress was so honored. Evelyn is now the director of the acclaimed off-Broadway hit, 2 ACROSS, which stars Andrea McArdle. Below, check out a picture of Knight, Rudie, and McArdle posing at the 2 ACROSS opening night! (more...)

New York City Ballet Soloist Georgina Pazcoguin to Join ADM21 for Shows at Joyce TheaterNew York City Ballet Soloist Georgina Pazcoguin to Join ADM21 for Shows at Joyce Theater
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

New York City Ballet's Georgina Pazcoguin will join American Dance Machine for the 21st Century at a special guest artist during their return to the Joyce Theater (175 8th Avenue), December 21, 2015 - January 3. 2016. Known for her wide range of dramatic and dynamic roles as a soloist at NYCB, including Anita in Jerome Robbins' West Side Story Suite, Pazcoguin will perform in all of the evening shows, in which she will be featured in the Chita Rivera role in Jack Cole's 'Beale Street Blues,' Victoria's solo from Cats, and Jerome Robbins' 'Mr. Monotony.' (more...)

New Off-Broadway Comedy 2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle, Opens TonightNew Off-Broadway Comedy 2 ACROSS, Starring Andrea McArdle, Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 Across, is currently playing an open-ended engagement at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The production officially opens tonight, December 9, with Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ('Eloise') directing a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. (more...)

Photo Flash: Donna McKechnie, Tony Sheldon and More at Dancers Over 40's 2015 Legacy AwardsPhoto Flash: Donna McKechnie, Tony Sheldon and More at Dancers Over 40's 2015 Legacy Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

Dancers Over 40's last event of 2015, the 7th Annual Legacy Awards presentation, was its most joyous. This holiday celebration and awards event was held last night, December 7th, at LIPS Restaurant, 227 East 56th Street. This year's event was hosted by Richard Skipper, with live entertainment by cabaret legend Barbara Minkus and Dames at Sea star Danny Gardner along with other surprise guests. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

BWW Interview: Lori Ann Ferreri talks ADM21 and the Chance to Dance with Donna McKechnieBWW Interview: Lori Ann Ferreri talks ADM21 and the Chance to Dance with Donna McKechnie
by Bob Rizzo - Dec 8, 2015

Lori Ann Ferreri has the distinction of performing the iconic 'The Music and the Mirror' number from A CHORUS LINE in this year's production for ADM21. What makes it even more special is that she's being taught the original material by none other than Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie herself. (more...)

Sondheim Unplugged to Celebrate 50th Installment at Feinstein's/54 BelowSondheim Unplugged to Celebrate 50th Installment at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Sondheim Unplugged, New York's long running hit revue, will celebrate the 50th installment of the series with two very special gala performances on Sunday, December 27th at 7pm and 9:30pm at Feinstein's/54 Below (254 West 54th St., Cellar, NYC). Each performance will feature entirely different casts and material, running the musical spectrum from Dick Tracy to Follies, Company to Assassins, Forum to Whistle,and lots more in between. For tickets: http://54below.com/artist/sondheim-unplugged/ or call 646 476 3551.There is a $40 cover charge and a $30 food/beverage minimum. There is a special two show package available, which includes a Sondheim-themed prix-fix dinner, for those who wish to see both performances. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman in 2 ACROSS Off-BroadwayPhoto Flash: First Look at Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman in 2 ACROSS Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

The Off-Broadway premiere of Jerry Mayer's new comedy, 2 Across, began a open-ended engagement on November 14th at St. Luke's Theatre (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Emmy Award nominee Evelyn Rudie ("Eloise") directs a cast that stars Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman. Opening Night is set for Wednesday December 9th. (more...)

Marin Mazzie, Well-Strung, Lena Hall & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below in Coming WeeksMarin Mazzie, Well-Strung, Lena Hall & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

This December and January, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at Feinstein's/54 Below and to purchase tickets, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins.  (more...)

Miss Michael James Scott's #SomethingFierce Instagram Takeover? Go Behind the Scenes of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!Miss Michael James Scott's #SomethingFierce Instagram Takeover? Go Behind the Scenes of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

HUZZAH Y'all!!! Something Rotten's Michael James Scott took over Instagram yesterday for The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, taking BroadwayWorld readers behind the scenes of the Biggest Parade of the Year. Miss the #SomethingFierce takeover? No worries- we've got highlights from his Turkey Day coverage below. Be sure to check out the full takeover on BroadwayWorld's Official Instagram. (more...)

Video Throwback: Watch THANKSGIVING THE MUSICAL, Starring ROA's Lauren MolinaVideo Throwback: Watch THANKSGIVING THE MUSICAL, Starring ROA's Lauren Molina
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2015

Below, celebrate the holiday with a 3 minute musical, titled THANKSGIVING: THE MUSICAL, featuring ROCK OF AGES star Lauren Molina, as well as Michele Mais. (more...)

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