Sonoma Speaker Series features Tony award-winner McKechnie
Hanna Boys Center
Wednesday May 29th -Donna McKechnie, best-known for her portrayal of Cassie in the original Broadway cast of the 1975 musical “A Chorus Line,” for which she received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, will be the next featured guest of the Sonoma Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 29, at the Hanna Boys Center Auditorium.
With an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years, McKechnie is internationally regarded as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies with a professional career that includes dancing, singing, acting and choreography.
The Sonoma Speaker Series will partner with Transcendence Theatre Company for this special presentation, with Amy Miller, Artistic Director for Transcendence Theatre Company leading the conversation with McKechnie. The event will include a performance by cast members of Transcendence Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “A Chorus Line” (directed by Amy Miller) and a 30-minute question and answer session with the audience.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan in 1942, McKechnie grew up in the Detroit suburbs before falling for musicals by going to the movies. After seeing the film “The Red Shoes” she began ballet classes at the age of 7 and by the age of 13 was teaching her own class. Without the support to pursue her dream, McKechnie ran away from home at age 17 and moved to New York City to become a dancer. After touring in West Side Story, McKechnie made her Broadway debut in 1961 as a dancer in How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, directed by Bob Fosse.
McKechnie’s Broadway credits include starring roles in On the Town, A Chorus Line, Company and State Fair. McKechnie’s memoir TIME STEPS – My Musical Comedy Life, was published in 2006.
There will be a VIP reception from 5:45-6:45 p.m., with the event from 7-8:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $35-$75. Go to www.sonomaspeakerseries.com.
Hanna Boys Center is located at 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma.