Donna McKechnie, received a Tony Award for her performance in the original production of A CHORUS LINE, and is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. Donna's most recent appearance was at Feinstein's/54 Below in A VISIT WITH KANDER & EBB, which featured McKechnie and her special Broadway guests offering a kaleidoscope of classic Broadway songs from the illustrious career of John Kander and Fred Ebb. This past summer she was featured in Christopher Gattelli’s new musical, IN YOUR ARMS, at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. Last year she created the musical staging for a production of SIX DANCE LESSONS IN SIX WEEKS starring Leslie Caron at the Laguna Playhouse. Donna is now co-starring in a new production called 4 GIRLS 4 with Maureen McGovern, Andrea McArdle and Faith Prince produced by Wayne Gmitter.
Her Broadway shows include HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM,(NAT’L TOUR), THE EDUCATION OF H*Y*M*A*N-K*A*P*L*A*N, SONDHEIM- A MUSICAL TRIBUTE (which she also choreographed),ON THE TOWN, PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY and STATE FAIR, for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1996 Season, and THE VISIT. She was also featured in ANNIE WARBUCKS and LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE in New York productions.
She has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY, NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY (which she also choreographed), Cole Porter’s CAN-CAN and Stephen Sondheim’s FOLLIES.
Bob Fosse invited Ms. McKechnie to play the lead in his last production, a National tour of SWEET CHARITY, for which she was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award. Donna’s regional credits include THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE SUBJECT WAS ROSES (with River City Rep), IRMA LA DOUCE, CABARET, THE IMAGINARY INVALID, THE THREE PENNY OPERA, THE GOOD-BYE GIRL, FOLLIES, MACK AND MABEL, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, GYPSY, I DO-I DO!, MISALLIANCE, STEPPING OUT, GIRL’S ROOM, and INSIDE THE MUSIC, (her one woman musical with text by Christopher Durang). More recently, she was in John Doyle’s production of TEN CENTS A DANCE at Williamstown Theatre Festival and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N. J.
Donna has also performed extensively on the concert stage and with symphony orchestras all over the country. She has appeared as guest star in numerous television specials and dramatic series including HBO SHOWSTOPPERS, FAME, CHEERS, FAMILY TIES, HULLABALOO, TWIRL, and DARK SHADOWS.
One of the highlights of her recent professional life was to choreograph the highly acclaimed GUYS AND DOLLS at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. Ms .McKechnie’s memoir, TIME STEPS- My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster. Donna was featured in the documentary film, EVERY LITTLE STEP and played the Rose in the film of THE LITTLE PRINCE.