Broadway star Donna McKechnie will be in Hackettstown!(courtesy of nj.com)
Audiences will not want to miss this one-woman theatre extravaganza from legendary Broadway star, Donna McKechnie. Centenary Stage Company is proud to welcome this true triple threat performer to present her one woman cabaret show, “My Musical Comedy Life” on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m.
It is an autobiographical musical celebration of song, dance, and storytelling, with music by some of Broadway’s most celebrated composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, Cy Coleman, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, as well as more contemporary composers, like Ann Hampton Callaway. The Tony Award-winning star of “A Chorus Line” is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. McKechnie has performed extensively on the concert stage, in cabaret, with symphony orchestras, and now brings her talents to the Centenary Stage.
Her cabaret show, “My Musical Comedy Life,” which received unanimous raves from New York theater critics, won a Mac Award Nomination for Best Female Singer and the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Major Engagement. McKechnie talks and sings about her life and career which began when Bob Fosse put her in the chorus of the 1960 production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
In between were several legendary collaborations with Michael Bennett which included the 1976 classic “A Chorus Line,” in which she drew on her own experience to play an aging dancer desperate for a comeback. In this autobiographical one-woman show, created with esteemed musical director Dick Gallagher, the red-haired, apple-cheeked McKechnie interweaves memories of her career with selections from a vast repertoire. Among them, a solo rendition of “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” the Andrews Sisters-style trio that Stephen Sondheim penned for her; "If They Could See Me Now," from Sweet Charity; and “The Music and the Mirror,” her signature routine from “A Chorus Line.” There's also a tribute to the Hollywood musicals that inspired her as a girl and an account of the night she met, and danced with, her idol, Fred Astaire.
Tickets to her show are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. The performance will be held at the Sitnik Theater at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 908-979-0900 or visit centenarystageco.org.