The performances will feature direction by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz.
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."
Director-producer Jay-Alexander will join McKechnie in offering intimate master classes and workshops to a limited number of local actors and performing arts students. Jay-Alexander will conduct two workshops Feb. 19 (10 AM-1 PM for ages 7-13; 2 PM-5 AM for ages 14-17) for children and teenagers considering careers in theatre. There is a $30 fee for all workshop participants. McKechnie's master class will be held on The PlayGround Theatre stage on Feb. 7, 4 PM-7 PM (participants must be 15+). The fee for the master class is $35. Space will be extremely limited; some scholarships will be available.
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."
Tickets and information available at The PlayGround Theatre box office, (305) 751-9550, www.theplaygroundtheatre.com or www.ticketmaster.com.