For two years in the mid-1970s, Donna McKechnie was Broadway's singular sensation, reigning over perhaps the most important musical of its day, A Chorus Line.
Her performance as Cassie, a washed-up dancer who pleads with a director (and ex-boyfriend) for a small part in a new show, catapulted McKechnie from supporting roles to a best-actress Tony -- beating theater legends Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera.
''It was an upset. A real upset,'' recalls McKechnie, 63, who on the eve of A Chorus Line's revival on Broadway has written her autobiography, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life (with Greg Lawrence, Simon & Schuster, $25).
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