Donna McKechnie Brings Musical Comedy Life to NYC July 28; Jay-Alexander Directs

By Andrew Gans
July 28, 2010

Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, who recently performed My Musical Comedy Life at several venues in Australia, brings that acclaimed solo show to Manhattan July 28.



The famed singing actress will play The Laurie Beechman Theatre at 8 PM. The evening features direction by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Ian Herman.

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."

There is a $35 cover charge, as well as a $15 food/beverage minimum (a full dinner menu is available). The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located within The West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street. For tickets visit www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444.