Donna McKechnie to Bring Musical Comedy Life to Indiana; Jay-Alexander Directs

News   Donna McKechnie to Bring Musical Comedy Life to Indiana; Jay-Alexander Directs
 
Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, who recently performed My Musical Comedy Life at several venues in Australia and at the Laurie Beechman Theater in Manhattan, will bring that acclaimed solo show to the Palais Royale in November.

Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie

The famed singing actress will play the Indiana venue Nov. 7 at 7 PM. The evening features direction by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Alex Rybeck.

McKechnie's autobiographical My Musical Comedy Life, according to press notes, "encompasses music from some of Broadway's most celebrated composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Ed Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch, Rogers and Hammerstein and Cy Coleman, as well as more contemporary artists including Francesca Blumenthal and Ann Hampton Callaway."

Best known for her Tony-winning performance as Cassie in the original production of A Chorus Line, Donna McKechnie has appeared in a plethora of musicals both on and Off-Broadway, some of which include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Company, State Fair, Can-Can, Annie Get Your Gun, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road, State Fair and Promises, Promises. In her first full length, one-woman musical celebration, Inside the Music, McKechnie performed songs from several of these productions and offered personal anecdotes about her experiences with some of the theatre's finest actors, directors, producers and writers. A live recording of that act was released on the Fynsworth Alley label. Simon & Schuster published McKechnie's autobiography, "Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life."

Lampkin Music Group produces.

Tickets, priced $25-$30, are available by calling (574) 235-9190 or by visiting www.morriscenter.org.

Donna McKechnie
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