McKechnie, Donna

Musical theater dancer, singer, actress & choreographer, starred in Broadway classic “A Chorus Line”

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(b. 1940) American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer, well known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett. She collaborated with Bennett on her most noted role, "Cassie" in “A Chorus Line”, for which she earned the 1976 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She also played Amanda Harris/Olivia Corey on the TV Gothic soap opera, “Dark Shadows” 1969-70. She began ballet classes at 5 and moved to NYC at 17. In 1961, she made her Broadway debut in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, where she met choreographer Bob Fosse and his wife, Gwen Verdon. She was a featured dancer on the NBC music series “Hullabaloo” where she met Michael Bennett. In 1968, she had a featured role in Burt Bacharach & Hal David's “Promises, Promises”, choreographed by Bennett, who showcased her in Sondheim's “Company” (1970). In March 1973, she choreographed and performed in the one-night-only concert “Sondheim: A Musical Tribute” and, in 1974, co-starred with Richard Kiley & Bob Fosse in the unsuccessful musical film “The Little Prince.” She was part of Bennett's group therapy-style workshops that evolved into the Broadway smash “A Chorus Line”, in which she portrayed Cassie, based in great part on herself. She danced her 3rd famous Bennett-McKechnie number, “The Music and the Mirror”, with vocal sections tailored to her unusually large range. She earned the 1976 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and the Theatre World Special Award. The role of Maggie was also based on her life. She married Bennett in 1976, but after a few months they divorced, remaining good friends until his death from AIDS in 1987. In 1980, McKechnie was diagnosed with arthritis and told she never would dance again but returned to the Broadway company of “A Chorus Line” in 1986. During the remainder of the 80s she also toured in “Sweet Charity”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, and appeared in a London revival of “Can-Can”. In 1996, she was awarded the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for her performance in a Broadway adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's film “State Fair”. Her autobiography, “Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life”, was published in 2006. ISP, 10 x 8 glossy b&w ca. 1980 bust portrait, head tilted to the right, inscribed with birthday wishes sentiment

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Type:Photograph






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