Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie and former Baby star Martin Vidnovic will headline the Helen Hayes Theatre Company's production of Jerry Herman's Showtune this fall.
The revue, showcasing tunes from such Herman musicals as Hello, Dolly!; Mame; La Cage aux Folles; Mack and Mabel; and Dear World, will play the Hayes from Oct. 12-27. Conceived by Paul Gilger, Showtune will be directed and choreographed by Smokey Joe's Cafe's Joey McKneely with musical direction by James Followell. The remainder of the six person cast will be announced shortly.
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. Her one-woman musical celebration, "Inside the Music," was recently released on the Fynsworth Alley label and includes such tunes as "Everybody Says Don't," "Where Do You Start?," "Lies of Handsome Men" and "The Music and the Mirror."
A 1981 Tony nominee for his work in Brigadoon, Martin Vidnovic has appeared on Broadway in Home Sweet Homer, The King and I, Oklahoma!, Baby, Guys and Dolls, A Grand for Singing and King David.
The Helen Hayes Theatre Company is located at 117 Main Street in Nyack, N.Y.; call (845) 358-6333 for information. For more information, go to www.hhtco.org. —By Andrew Gans