McKechnie's "Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life," which she co-wrote with Greg Lawrence, is due in stores from Simon & Schuster Sept. 6. On Sept. 12 the Tony-winning actress will appear at The Drama Book Shop at 6 PM, and she will also be on hand to autograph copies of her new tome Oct. 6 at 7 PM at the Barnes & Noble Lincoln Triangle. McKechnie dedicates her book, which candidly chronicles her life in and out of show business as well as her victorious battle with arthritis, to her sister Barbara, her brother Ron and to the memory of her parents, Carolyn Ruth and Donald Bruce McKechnie. Chapter titles for include "A Make-Believe Childhood," "How to Succeed as a Teenage Gypsy," "Promises, Promises," "Company," "A Chorus Line," "A Choreographed Marriage and Other Singular Sensations," "Masochist's Lament," "Sweet Charity," "Inside the Music" and "My Musical Comedy Life."
Best known for her Tony-winning performance as Cassie in the original Broadway 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.
The Drama Book Shop is located at 250 West 40th Street. Barnes & Noble is located at 1972 Broadway at 66th Street. Admission to both events is free.