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Donna McKechnie

 
Date Of Birth:
November 16, 1942 (80)
Birth Place:
Pontiac, MI, USA
Bio:
McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with whom she collaborated on her most noted role, the character of Cassie in the musical A Chorus Line. She earned the ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 16, 1942 (80)

Birth Place: Pontiac, MI, USA

Bio:
McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with whom she collaborated on her most noted role, the character of Cassie in the musical A Chorus Line. She earned the ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Amas Musical Theatre Off-Broadway Premiere, 2019
Performer
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
East Coast Premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse, 2018
Joanne
  [West End]
West End Revival, 2017
Dolores
  [San Diego, CA (Regional)]
Old Globe World Premiere Production, 2015
Dancer
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2009
Performer [Replacement]
  [East Haddam, CT (Regional)]
Goodspeed Revival, 2004
Lottie Ames
  [Off-Broadway]
2003
Performer [Replacement]
  [Regional (US)]
Regional Revival, 2001
Lola
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1999
Mazie LaMar
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1998
Sally Durant Plummer
  [West End]
London Concert, 1996
Phyllis Rogers Stone
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Emily Arden
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1994
Mitzi Travers
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993
Performer
Mrs. Sheila Kelly
  [Broadway]
Reunion Concert, 1993
Kathy
  [Off-Broadway]
1992
Performer
  [West End]
London Revival, 1988
Performer
  [New York]
Concert Reading, 1987
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1979
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1976
Cassie
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1975
Cassie Ferguson
Cassie Ferguson [Replacement]
Cassie Ferguson [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1975
Cassie Ferguson
  [Broadway]
Concert [Broadway], 1973
Performer
  [West End]
London Production, 1972
Kathy
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1971
Ivy Smith
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1971
Kathy
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1970
Kathy
  [West End]
London Production, 1969
Other Roles
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Vivien Della Hoya
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1968
Kathy McKenna
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1963
Philia
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Dancer
  [Regional (US)]
West Coast Revival, 1988
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1986
Charity Hope Valentine

Productions

 
[Broadway, 1973]
Choreographer

Donna McKechnie Biography

McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with whom she collaborated on her most noted role, the character of Cassie in the musical A Chorus Line. She earned the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for this performance in 1976. She is also known for playing Amanda Harris/Olivia Corey on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows from 1969 to 1970.

Donna McKechnie Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1988 - Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production
Donna McKechnieSweet Charity
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1976 - Outstanding Actress - Musical Gold Star
Donna McKechnie, A Chorus Line

Donna McKechnie News

Christina Bianco to Present DIVA ON DEMAND at The Green Room 42 This Month Photo Christina Bianco to Present DIVA ON DEMAND at The Green Room 42 This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 3, 2023

¬†THE GREEN ROOM 42 will present¬†the return of¬†internationally acclaimed singer, actor and impressionist¬†Christina Bianco¬†on¬†Friday, February 17¬†at¬†7:00 PM. After a year abroad, Christina comes home to New York City with another round of her celebrated evening¬†‚ÄúDiva On Demand,‚Ä̬†where the set list is entirely up to the audience.

Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Awards Photo Winners Announced For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Awards
by BWW Awards - Jan 27, 2023

The winners have been announced for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Pittsburgh Awards, honoring the best in regional productions, touring shows, and more which had their first performance between October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Review: Donna McKechnie in TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM at Cat Photo Review: Donna McKechnie in TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM at Catalina Jazz Club
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jan 20, 2023

Read BroadwayWorld's review of Donna McKechnie in Take Me To The World: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim at Catalina Jazz Club.

ANN TALMAN: ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND THE SHADOW OF HER SMILE to be Presented at The Lauri Photo ANN TALMAN: ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND THE SHADOW OF HER SMILE to be Presented at The Laurie Beechman Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

Light the candles! Get the ice out!¬†The Laurie Beechman Theatre¬†will present a special ‚Ästone night only!¬†‚Äď performance of¬†Ann Talman: Elizabeth Taylor and The Shadow of Her Smile.

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company Announces 2023 Season Featuring WOMAN OF THE YEA Photo J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company Announces 2023 Season Featuring WOMAN OF THE YEAR & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 10, 2023

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company has announced the exciting three-musical lineup for its third season. The 2023 season runs April 13 through May 21, 2023 at Theatre Row. Read details about the season and learn how to purchase tickets.

Broadway Legend Donna McKechnie to Return to Catalina Jazz Club for Two Shows This Mo Photo Broadway Legend Donna McKechnie to Return to Catalina Jazz Club for Two Shows This Month
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 4, 2023

Legendary Tony Award-winning Broadway star Donna McKechnie will return to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood with Take Me to the World: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim for two shows only on Tuesday, January 10, and Wednesday, January 11, at 8:30pm.

Feature: Editor's Picks For 2022 Photo Feature: Editor's Picks For 2022
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 31, 2022

This is not a ‚ÄúBest Of‚ÄĚ list because it isn‚Äôt for me to say what is best, only what resonated with me, but after a lot, a lot, a lot of shows, this New Year's Eve, these shows are still on my mind.

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by BWW - Dec 27, 2022

Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo Latest Standings Released For The For 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 27, 2022

The final standings have been announced as of Tuesday, December 27th for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards Photo 12 Days Left To Vote For The 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards
by BWW Awards - Dec 19, 2022

The latest standings as of Monday, December 19th, have been released for the 2022 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Awards! Nominations were reader-submitted and now our readers get to vote for their favorites.

Donna McKechnie Videos

BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
BWW Poll: Is 'Turkey Lurkey Time' A Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by Social Watch - Nov 23, 2022

Thanksgiving is here and it's 'Turkey Lurkey' time! ... right?

VIDEO: First Look at Clay Aiken, Paige Davis, Donna McKechnie, & More in THE DROWSY C Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at Clay Aiken, Paige Davis, Donna McKechnie, & More in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at Pittsburgh CLO

by Stage Tube - Jun 21, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at video from Pittsburgh CLO's production of The Drowsy Chaperone starring Clay Aiken (Man in Chair), who returns to Pittsburgh CLO after hosting the 75th Anniversary Broadway Musical Celebration at Heinz Field. 

VIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Michael James Scott Perform the National Anthem at the Special Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch ALADDIN's Michael James Scott Perform the National Anthem at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 6, 2022

Watch Michael James Scott (Genie in Aladdin in Broadway) perform the U.S. National Anthem during yesterday's Opening Ceremony for The Special Olympics in Orlando Florida. 

VIDEO: Original A CHORUS LINE Cast Members Featured in Lyric Video for "What I Did Fo Videoplay
VIDEO: Original A CHORUS LINE Cast Members Featured in Lyric Video for "What I Did For Love"

by Stage Tube - Dec 13, 2020

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the¬†A Chorus Line¬†film.¬† To celebrate this anniversary Concord Theatricals has released a new lyric video for ‚ÄúWhat I Did For Love‚ÄĚ from the original cast recording featuring Priscilla Lopez and the A Chorus Line ensemble.

Broadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 26, 2020

Thanksgiving is here and it's turkey lurkey time! Or is it?

Broadway Rewind: LES MISERABLES Brings the Barricade Back to Broadway in 2006 Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: LES MISERABLES Brings the Barricade Back to Broadway in 2006

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 26, 2020

We also dropped by a rehearsal for Cameron Mackintosh's new production of the landmark musical Les Misérables, directed by John Caird. It starred Alexander Gemignani, Aaron Lazar, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gary Beach and Norm Lewis. Mackintosh told Ridge, 'I'm delighted to have the opportunity. The only thing I never expected or dreamt of was getting such a wonderful cast as this. Everybody we ever dreamt of wanted to be in it. We found some marvelously talented people that we didn't know, and I think it's one of the strongest casts of Les Miz that's ever been anywhere.'

VIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign Videoplay
VIDEO: Adam Rothenberg Takes Part in Richard Skipper's #StayHome Campaign

by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020

Richard Skipper has started a #StayHome campaign!

Broadway Rewind: Sutton Foster & More Get Ready to Bring LITTLE WOMEN to Broadway in  Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: Sutton Foster & More Get Ready to Bring LITTLE WOMEN to Broadway in 2005

by BroadwayWorld TV - Mar 28, 2020

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge continues the Broadway Rewind with a new edition that features Whoopi Goldberg, the late great composer Cy Coleman and starts things off with a sneak peek of the Broadway musical Little Women, which starred Sutton Foster, Maureen McGovern and Danny Gurwin.

BWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song? Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: 'Turkey Lurkey Time'- Thanksgiving Song or Christmas Song?

by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 28, 2019

In 1968, Promises, Promises, a musical based on the 1960 film The Apartment, premiered on Broadway. Featuring music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and a book by Neil Simon, the show features enduring classics like 'Say a Little Prayer,' 'A House Is Not a Home' and 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again,' but none left such a legacy (especially at this time of year) as 'Turkey Lurkey Time.' Featuring the unforgettable choreography of Michael Bennett, and danced originally by Donna McKechnie, Baayork Lee and Julane Stites, the song has undoubtedly become a beloved classic of the musical theatre holiday cannon... but which holiday?

BWW Exclusive: Listen to 'A Number' from the HALF TIME Cast Recording! Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Listen to 'A Number' from the HALF TIME Cast Recording!

by Stage Tube - Aug 1, 2019

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Sony Masterworks Broadway will release HALF TIME (ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING), with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Nell Benjamin and additional music by Marvin Hamlisch and Ester Dean tomorrow, August 2.  Produced by Scott M. Riesett (Ain't Too Proud, The Prom) and Matthew Sklar, the album features music from the Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin-written musical, which made its 2018 debut at Paper Mill Playhouse and tells the uplifting true story of ten New Jersey seniors with extraordinary dreams. 


Donna McKechnie Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Donna McKechnie been in?
Donna McKechnie has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Donna McKechnie been in?
Donna McKechnie has appeared on London's West End in 5 shows.

What was Donna McKechnie's first West End show?
Donna McKechnie's first West End show was Promises, Promises which opened in 1969

What awards has Donna McKechnie been nominated for?
Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweet Charity and Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line .

What awards has Donna McKechnie won?
Outstanding Actress - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for A Chorus Line.