The journey McKechnie takes in Same Place, Another Time puts a very personal spin on the “ingénue” coming to New York, finding love and success, losing her innocence along the way, perhaps, but never her spirit. It is beautifully illuminated by the music of Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch, Peter Allen, Jim Croce and Leroy Anderson.
Donna McKechnie received a Tony® Award for her performance in the original production of A CHORUS LINE, in which she portrayed Cassie, a character based in large part on herself. She danced her famous Bennett-McKechnie number, The Music and the Mirror, in which the vocal sections were tailored to her unusually wide range.
McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. 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, ON THE TOWN, PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY, STATE FAIR and THE VISIT. She has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including PROMISES-PROMISES, COMPANY, FOLLIES and THE WILD PARTY. Also a veteran of television, McKechnie had a regular role on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, early in her career, and after her rise to fame, guest appearances on Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and Cheers as Deborah, the ex-wife of Sam Malone, plus the role of Suzi Laird on several Fame episodes.