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My View: It Was A Shorter Chorus Line But Wow! Donna McKechnie

My View: It Was A Shorter Chorus Line But Wow! Donna McKechnie

It’s been quite a while since Donna McKechnie was Cassie in “A Chorus Line”, in fact she goes back to the day when Marvin Hamlisch was a rehearsal pianist and helped her with Broadway auditions. Donna is premiering her new Cabaret Act “A Visit with Kander & Ebb” at Feinstein’s/54 Below. All of her elegant fluidity, creative choreography, and exciting vocal renditions of Kander & Ebb are contained in this show. Along with her “chorus line” guest artists, the extremely talented Matt Dangler and Emily Mechier she performed the well known and also rarely performed songs of the renowned songwriters. Practically every song was a highlight for me, but a personal connection to Matt Dengler’s rendition “I Get My Musics From My Dad” made me as they say “lose it”. It didn’t help that Matt also teared up singing as he looked out to his family who were in the audience . This was Broadway at it’s best and still is Broadway at it’s best. Music Director Ian Herman had the consummate theater pianistic technique and arrangements for this show.

Donna McKechnie at Feinstein’s/54 Below  April 19-22

(For another article by Stephen & complete photo coverage of this event go to Broadwayworld.com)

Matt Dengler, Emily Mechier, Donna McKechnie

Matt Dengler, Emily Mechier, Donna McKechnie

Emily Mechier & Donna McKechnie

Emily Mechier & Donna McKechnie

Matt Dengler

Matt Dengler

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie

Ian Herman, Musical Director & Donna McKechnie

Ian Herman, Musical Director & Donna McKechnie

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is also an Honorary Board Member of The Society For The Preservation of The Great American Songbook. Stephen Sorokoff@gmail.com

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