BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.comDonna McKechnie is in South Florida for several upcoming performances.
The Tony-winning original star of Broadway's A Chorus Line opens the new Plaza Theatre in Manalapan with her one-woman show, My Musical Comedy Life, which she performed a year ago at the Playground Theatre in Miami Shores.
"It's essentially a show about a girl who runs away from home to become a dancer in New York," McKechnie says. "It's a personal story, but it gives me a platform to re-create Broadway numbers from shows I've been in."
Among McKechnie's hit shows: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Promises, Promises, Sweet Charity, Follies, and State Fair.
"It's wonderful fun for me to re-create the numbers for the audience while I’m infusing my personal point of view," she says. "And telling stories about incredible people I’ve been able to work with: Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon, Harold Prince. Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Ann Miller, Frank Loesser. And Richard Jay-Alexander!"
Jay-Alexander, who lives in Miami Beach and directed My Musical Comedy Life, has also directed hugely successful concerts for Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Bette Midler.
"I follow him everywhere and anywhere," McKechnie says. "My champion."
McKechnie also will co-star in a musical production of Little Women to be staged March 8-18 at The Theatre Zone in Naples.
Photos by STEVE ROTHAUS / Miami Herald Staff.