All she needed was the music and the mirror to leave a lasting impression on Broadway. Now dancer-actress Donna McKechnie is getting the chance to share her whole life and career with audiences, as her solo show, Inside the Music, plays at NYC's Queens Theatre in the Park, May 4.
McKechnie, 58, may be best known for her Tony Award-winning performance as Cassie in A Chorus Line. More recently, she's been in a number of regional musical revivals, including MA's North Shore Music Theatre's A Little Night Music and playing Sally in the 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse revival of Sondheim's Follies.
The actress began her career as a dancer in the midwest and got her first New York break in the original How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Inside the Music will follow the path of her career while including 22 songs and six dance numbers, recreating their original Broadway choreography. These include the "Music and the Mirror" number, designed specially for her by Michael Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch during the creation of A Chorus Line.
According to Q-TIP spokesperson Sam Rossi, Christopher Durang, the acidly comic playwright of Betty's Summer Vacation and Sex and Longing, has helped shaped the narrative for the show.
A Newsday profile of McKechnie (May 4) notes that the show includes such material as her meeting with legend Fred Astaire her marrige to Michael Bennett, and her tough bout with arthritis in the mid-1980s. For tickets $15-$24 and information on Inside the Music at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, May 4 only, call (718) 760-0064.
-- By David Lefkowitz