The triple threat is launching the inaugural season of The Plaza Theatre in Manalapan, FL, with My Musical Comedy Life; show time is 7:30 PM both nights. The Broadway favorite will also offer a master class in musical theatre performance Feb. 18 at 1 PM. Read Playbill's earlier report about plans for the theatre.
The evenings feature 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."
The Plaza Theatre is located in the Plaza del Mar Shopping Center at 262 South Ocean Blvd. For tickets or more information, call (561) 588-1820 or visit www.theplazatheatre.net. For more information about McKechnie in the musical version of Little Women, visit www.theatrezone-florida.com.