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  Donna McKechnie - Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Donna McKechnie began her love affair with dance as a child in Detroit.
Moving among the circles of artists, dancers, and musicians who inspired and challenged her in myriad ways, McKechnie writes about the trajectory of her career as it intertwined with and influenced her personal life, and the lives of those around her.
Recounting her dazzling career, McKechnie also reveals the dark side of fame: from her parents' troubled relationship to a searing account of her own marriage to Michael Bennett and her inspiring triumphs over depression and the rheumatoid arthritis that nearly ended her career.
www.donnamckechnie.com /timesteps/index.htm   (242 words)

  
 'Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life,' by Donna McKechnie with Greg Lawrence - The New York Times Book Review - New York ...
McKechnie’s career reached its zenith when she created the role of Cassie in “A Chorus Line,” the most successful experimental show of them all, but she had gotten jobs from the start.
McKechnie writes movingly of developing the role of Cassie — with Bennett, the composer Marvin Hamlisch and the lyricist Edward Kleban — in ways that seemed to capture her own deepest feelings about being a dancer and about her passion to perform.
There are fascinating nuggets in the years after “A Chorus Line,” like her memories of learning the lead in “Sweet Charity” from the actress who created the role, Gwen Verdon, or her shock at hearing of Bennett’s death from AIDS in 1987, at the age of 44.
theater2.nytimes.com /2006/09/03/books/review/Rubin.t.html   (703 words)

  
 "Times Steps" and "I Could Have Sung All Night" - 9/12/2006
McKechnie's fresh, determined personality is apparent throughout her narrative which is written in her frank, warm voice.
McKechnie is a major success story for victims of rheumatoid arthritis, and her discussion of the holistic approach she took to recovery may offer inspiration to anyone afflicted with the condition.
As McKechnie had always been a Michael Bennett dancer, she felt particularly happy that she finally got a chance to work with Fosse, the other great choreographer of her generation.
www.talkinbroadway.com /bookreviews/donnamarni.html   (861 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Reviews for Inside the Music: Music: Donna McKechnie   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McKechnie's dialogue are fun and interesting tidbits about her life and allow the listener to get a feeling for who she is. The songs are arranged in such a way that the listener is never bored by too many slow songs or to exhausted by too many fast songs.
Donna Mckechnie truely shines in several songs on this CD, particularly when she hits the high notes of Inside the Music.
However, when I was finally able to listen to Donna McKechnie's Inside the Music, I found her sounding tired and ragged.
www.amazon.com /Inside-Music-Donna-McKechnie/dp/customer-reviews/B000065UNA   (641 words)

  
 Amazon.frĀ : Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life: Livres en anglais: Donna McKechnie,Greg Lawrence   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In 1975, singer-dancer-choreographer McKechnie was one of the brightest lights on the Great White Way, winning a Tony for her performance in A Chorus Line, and now theatergoers will be elated to see her autobiography shelved in stores only days before A Chorus Line's October Broadway revival.
McKechnie's memories of the original musical's creative genesis serve as the centerpiece, and the other chapters are equally compelling.
McKechnie won a 1976 Tony Award for her smart, sensitive portrayal in the innovative, ensemble-written musical A Chorus Line of Cassie, a character based largely on herself.
www.amazon.fr /Time-Steps-Musical-Comedy-Life/dp/0743255208   (411 words)

  
 Aisle Say (PA): DONNA MCKECHNIE: INSIDE THE MUSIC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McKechnie's act is a lighthearted romp through the ups and downs of her life in show business.
McKechnie can't seem to catch the right "tone" to take with the audience and consequently ends up trying out a couple of different songs before she finds the right one.
McKechnie, and if you're lucky enough to be in a city where she is -- rush to buy a ticket.
www.aislesay.com /PA-DONNA.html   (477 words)

  
 Broadway: The American Musical . Stars Over Broadway . Donna McKechnie | PBS
An outstanding dancer, singer, and actress, McKechnie grew up in Detroit and decided she wanted to be a dancer after seeing the classic 1948 British film THE RED SHOES.
McKechnie was involved in several numbers, including "A Secretary Is Not a Toy" and "Coffee Break." She subsequently toured as Philia in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," before becoming one of the six gyrating girl dancers on the popular television program HULLABALOO.
In 1975 McKechnie created her most memorable role to date, that of Cassie in "A Chorus Line," which Michael Bennett conceived, directed, and choreographed.
www.pbs.org /wnet/broadway/stars/mckechnie_d.html   (560 words)

  
 Donna Mckechnie: Inside the Music at The Colony Theatre
McKechnie was now ready to bring in her old friend, Tony-Award winning director-choreographer Thommie Walsh to direct.
McKechnie recalls, “I met him for lunch and after talking with him and hearing his ideas, I felt so happy with the prospect of working with such a wonderful artist.
For Donna McKechnie, Inside the Music has always been a labor of love, a journey that's been about connecting with the audience and sharing the incredible adventure that has been her life.
www.colonytheatre.org /shows/InsideTheMusic.html   (768 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie Cabaret Scenes Performance Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
With her big belting voice, McKechnie does not use a microphone, and dances lightly around the stage, using her hands and body eloquently.
McKechnie encores with the song Hamlisch and Kleban wrote for her, The Music and the Mirror, from her biggest hit show,A Chorus Line.
McKechnie is backed with the supportive rhythms of Ray Grappone on percussion, Ray Kilday on bass and pianist/musical director Eugene Gwozdz.
www.cabaretscenes.com /PrinterFriendly/McKechnie-DonnaPrinterFriendly.htm   (355 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie News
Ask Donna McKechnie, the original Cassie in 'A Chorus Line,' to summon up a particular moment in her hoofer's life, and she'll first apologize if she drones on too long.
Donna McKechnie, a Pontiac native who rose to fame as a professional dancer, returns to Oakland County this month for a pair of fund-raising appearances to benefit Meadow Brook Theatre.
Donna McKechnie will celebrate the release of her long-awaited biography with two book-signing events in Manhattan.
www.topix.net /who/donna-mckechnie   (798 words)

  
 'Gypsy in My Soul:' Donna McKechnie in cabaret at Le Jazz Au Bar from the 20 Apr - 1 May 2005
McKechnie remarked, "My whole dream as a young dancer in Detroit was to come to New York and be in a Broadway show, and that happened.
McKechnie will be accompanied on piano by her musical director Eugene Gwozdz.
McKechnie is the recipient of the 2002 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Major Female Entertainer.
www.newyorktheatreguide.com /news/mar05/22mar05gypsy.htm   (431 words)

  
 Back for MBT benefit, Broadway star Donna McKechnie recounts rollercoaster life on and off stage in autobiography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Long before she won a Tony Award, McKechnie was a headstrong Oakland County teen who first ran away from home at 15, quit high school at 16 to join a touring dance troupe, and saw her career sidelined at its height by rheumatoid arthritis.
McKechnie — whose autobiography, “Time Steps – My Musical Comedy Life” will be published this month by Simon and Schuster — brings her acclaimed, one-woman cabaret show, “Gypsy in My Soul,” to Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester for a performance at 8 p.m.
But McKechnie battled back through diet, exercise and therapy, and nine years later, she was performing “A Chorus Line” again in the same theater where she won the Tony.
www.candgnews.com /Homepage-Articles/09-06-06/AE-McKECHNIE.asp   (627 words)

  
 CABARET: DONNA McKECHNIE - New York Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McKechnie, who recently returned to the Broadway production of ''A Chorus Line'' as Cassie, the role she originated 12 years ago, is giving after-theater performances at Freddy's Supper Club, 308 East 49th Street, on Friday and Saturday nights through Dec. 20.
McKechnie's act is polished in conception, her singing is woefully lackadaisical.
In a cabaret setting, one notices the many flaws in her merely serviceable theater voice - her lack of color and dynamism, her insecure phrasing and an inability to animate songs with a personal point of view.
query.nytimes.com /gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DEED8133CF93BA35751C1A960948260&sec=&pagewanted=print   (233 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie at Paper Mill - Oct. 2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McKechnie provided more satisfaction than most of the multi-million dollar spectacles on today's Broadway could ever hope to offer.
Luckily, the song was replaced by "The Music and the Mirror," and she still delivers that beloved number in its original key, with every lyrical step of Michael Bennett's choreography intact.
Not just surviving, but thriving – that's what Donna McKechnie, her wonderful act, and the legacy of A Chorus Line are all about.
www.musicals101.com /donna2001.htm   (741 words)

  
 Aisle Say (NY): INTERVIEW WITH KAREN MASON AND DONNA McKECHNIE
Donna McKechnie may be best known for creating the role of Cassie in "A Chorus Line" which won her a Best Actress Tony.
DONNA McKECHNIE: These wonderful people up at the White Barn Theatre are developing a project called "Sheba," a musical adaptation "Come Back Little Sheba, the William Inge play.
Donna, you have "On The Town," Karen, you have that incredible recording of "Wonderful Town." It's a tribute to the show and a tribute to Roz Russell.
www.aislesay.com /FTR-McKECHNIE.html   (1833 words)

  
 Donna Time: As A Chorus Line returns to Broadway, Donna McKechnie unveils her memoir, heads back home for a benefit, ...
Donna Time: As A Chorus Line returns to Broadway, Donna McKechnie unveils her memoir, heads back home for a benefit, and prepares to star in the London revival of Over Here.
McKechnie will finally get to see the show on its official opening night, October 5 -- the producers have invited the original cast to attend -- and there will be a reunion dinner the previous evening.
McKechnie had originally agreed to play the title role in the Barrington Stage Company production of Mame around the same time, but this offer was too good to pass up: "I saw the show originally and I loved it.
www.theatermania.com /content/news.cfm/story/8904   (1203 words)

  
 On Broadway: singular sensation Donna McKechnie found the sequel to A Chorus Line on the road Dance Magazine - Find ...
When the teenaged Donna McKechnie came to New York to become a dancer in 1959, she believed "all that silly stuff" that everyone in the chorus believes: "I've gotta get out of the chorus.
In her 30s, McKechnie was a luminary at last, with a Tony to prove it.
McKechnie knows that in show business, "a phone call changes your life." But a Broadway musical career without a champion leaves you waiting for that phone to ring for great stretches of time.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1083/is_8_79/ai_n14932690   (829 words)

  
 Dark Shadows Journal | Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 16th 1942.
Donna went behind the scenes for the big screen to assist with the choreography in the film Bille in 1965.
Donna recently produced a new cabaret show, My Musical Comedy Life, to great acclaim, garnering a Mac Award nomination for Best Female Singer and was awarded Outstanding Major Engagement in the Backstage Bistro Awards.
www.collinwood.net /cast/mckechnie.htm   (329 words)

  
 Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews: Los Angeles - "Donna McKechnie: Inside the Music" - 4/15/03
McKechnie runs through her life story in the course of the quick two-hour show, but she frequently skims over the rough spots.
McKechnie presents the image of an extremely chipper songstress, but when you get right down to it, it's the songs that tug on the heartstrings that she can really deliver.
McKechnie enters from the audience with a dance bag over her shoulder, as though attending an audition.
www.talkinbroadway.com /regional/la/la100.html   (759 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie Cabaret Scenes Performance Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The extra room was welcome, especially with McKechnie’s winning salute to those director-choreographers who had influenced her, including ex-husband Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, and her mentor, Gwen Verdon.
While primarily a dancer, McKechnie pulled out all the vocal and acting stops for her selections, notably in a segment of love and marriage and divorce, wrapped around a dreamy S’Wonderful, a cute, cuddly, sexy Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey, and an intense One For My Baby.
Musical Director Phillip Fortenberry opened the evening with a theatrical overture and went on to deftly and unobtrusively support McKechnie in all her moods and moves.
www.cabaretscenes.com /PrinterFriendly/McKechnie-Donna2PrinterFriendly.htm   (319 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie
Donna is the recipient of the 2002 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Major Female Entertainer.
One of Broadway's leading ladies, Donna McKechnie is also one of the more fascinating concert performers.
On Broadway, Donna appeared in the Theatre Guild's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's STATE FAIR for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer.
www.rjprod.com /donna_mckechnie-bio.htm   (512 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Donna McKechnie is a Tony Award-winning American musical theater dancer, singer.
In recent years, she has toured periodically in her one-woman show Inside the Music, a potpourri of songs, dances and anecdotes about her life in the theater and her successful battle with arthritis.
Donna McKechnie Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing, October 2006
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Donna_McKechnie   (844 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie - Moviefone
Donna McKechnie on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...
Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life by Donna McKechnie with Greg Lawrence, published in New York by Simon and Schuster, 2006.
Donna McKechnie - Filmography, Biography, News, Photos, Birth date, Relationships, Donna McKechnie Film Clips, and Fun Facts on Moviefone.
movies.aol.com /celebrity/donna-mckechnie/47666/main   (95 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie Biography :: Hollywood.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
McKechnie aided Bennett and his assistant Bob Avian in getting various chorus dancers to open up about their lives and experiences.
Although she claims that most of her story is reflected in the character of Maggie (whose parents are unhappily married), McKechnie was cast as Cassie, the former gypsy who had enjoyed some success as a featured player.
Scoring a personal triumph, McKechnie portrayed Sally Durant Plummer, one of the dancers returning for a once-in-a-lifetime reunion, in the Paper Mill Playhouse staging of "Follies" in 1998.
www.hollywood.com /celebs/fulldetail/id/573391   (1819 words)

  
 Donna McKechnie Gets Her Kicks: The Siegel Column on TheaterMania.com
McKechnie is the kind of triple-threat singer-dancer-actress who really knocks herself out to entertain.
The show is ostensibly about her life and career, but what it's really about is Donna McKechnie's personality, and that's what makes it so compelling.
McKechnie doesn't just share her emotions; she whips them up into a big soufflé of song, dance, and cleverly written patter, then serves them up on the silver platter of her talent.
www.theatermania.com /news/cabaretnotes/index.cfm?story=1550&cid=1   (781 words)

  
 Playbill News: Donna McKechnie to Bring Gypsy in My Soul to NYC
Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, who is currently starring in the Goodspeed Musicals production of Jerry Herman's Mack & Mabel, will bring her latest solo show to Manhattan this spring.
McKechnie, who premiered Gypsy in My Soul in London, is set to bring that act to New York's Le Jazz Au Bar April 19-May 1, 2005.
McKechnie is now working on her autobiography — with writer Greg Lawrence — for Simon & Schuster.
www.playbill.com /news/article/90017.html   (461 words)

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