Take a Dance Break with IN YOUR ARMS' Donna McKechnie
The Old Globe will open its 2015-2016 Season tomorrow with IN YOUR ARMS, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's The King and I and South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). IN YOUR ARMS features 10 dance vignettes written by an incredible and diverse lineup of theatre powerhouses, including Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, and Alfred Uhry.
The focus of IN YOUR ARMS in on telling a story through dance, and the show features an incredible line-up of performers who do just that. BroadwayWorld is celebrating the amazing work of these dancers by bringing you a countdown of our five favorite dance performances of each of the stars. Today, we start with who else, but Broadway legend Donna McKechnie.
Mckechnie received the Tony Award for her performance in the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Her other Broadway shows include The Visit, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed), On the Town, Promises, Promises, Company, andState Fair, for which she received the Astaire Award. McKechnie also played the lead in Bob Fosse's last production of Sweet Charity, for which she received a nomination for the Helen Hayes Award. She has starred in numerous productions in London's West End as well as Paris and Tokyo. McKechnie has also guest starred extensively with symphony orchestras throughout the country, as well as on television and in film. Her memoir, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon & Schuster.
5. Dance Dual with Debbie Allen
2. Tick Tock
3. Let Me Entertain You
2. Turkey Lurkey Time
1. The Music and the Mirror
IN YOUR ARMS is a sweeping and romantic evening of theatre created by an unprecedented constellation of America's preeminent writers for the stage. Ten dance vignettes tell wordless stories of love, yearning, and romance, and constitute a magical evening of movement and music performed by a cast of 22 talented dancers. Each vignette takes place in a different place and time, and the 10 dances range from duets to large ensemble numbers. Thrilling styles of dance from classical ballet to swing, tap to tango, rock 'n' roll to Charleston, modern to jazz are celebrated with verve and nuance. The emotional canvas of the stories is vast: some are funny, some are sad, and some are enchanting, but all delve deep into that most essential of human emotions: love.