Monday, April 30, 2007

Donna McKechnie, an embodiment of Broadway, signs autobiography at Tower Books, Uptown Square, Sat, May 5, 1 pm

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Donna McKechnie has been all across the map of Broadway as dancer, actress and singer. While in Shreveport to star in River City Repertoire's Glass Menagerie she is sharing her background via her autobiography. It is called Time Steps, My Musical Comedy Life.

Here's one little section from her career via "After doing a Welch's Grape Juice commercial and the first L'eggs stockings commercial, she was cast in a touring company of West Side Story.

In 1961, she made her Broadway debut in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, where she met choreographer Bob Fosse and his wife, Gwen Verdon, the show's dance captain.

A stint in a Philadelphia production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum was followed by the NBC music series Hullabaloo, where she was a featured dancer. There she met Michael Bennett, who became a guiding force in her life and career.

Her television work included a regular role on the Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows, guest appearances on The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Rowan & Martin's Laugh In and Cheers, plus the role of Suzi Laird on several Fame episodes."

Meet Mckechnie at Tower Books on Sat, may 5, as she signs books from 1 to 3 pm.

Tower has moved to Uptown Square, next door to Starbuck's.

See her in Menagerie on May 17,18,19, 20, 23, 24 and 25, says director Patric McWilliams.

River City Rep reservations: 318-424-6805.

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