Donna McKechnie
Biographical Information
Born November 16th, 1942
Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Productions A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Philia
The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N as Kathy McKenna (original Broadway cast)
Promises, Promises as Vivien Della Hoya (original Broadway cast)
Call Me Madam as Princess Maria of Lichtenberg
Company as Kathy (original Broadway cast)
On the Town as Ivy Smith
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
The Little Prince as The Rose
A Chorus Line as Cassie Ferguson (original cast)
Fame as Susan Laird
Sweet Charity as Charity Hope Valentine
Annie, Get Your Gun as Annie Oakley
Can-Can as Madame Pistache
Cut the Ribbons as Various Roles
Annie Warbucks as Sheila Kelly (original cast)
Fiorello! as Mitzi Travers
State Fair as Emily Arden
Follies as Phyllis Rogers Stone
Follies as Sally Durant Plummer
Singular Sensations
Mack & Mabel as Lottie Ames
Recordings Promises, Promises (original cast recording)
Company (original cast recording)
Sondheim: A Musical Tribute
The Little Prince (film soundtrack)
A Chorus Line (original cast recording)
Can-Can (1988 revival cast)
Annie Warbucks (original cast recording)
State Fair (original cast recording)
Same Place, Another Time
Vocal Type Soprano

Donna McKechnie is an American actress.


Born in Pontiac, Michigan, McKechnie trained as a dancer at Rose Marie Floyd School of Dance and initially played dance-only roles before becoming known on Broadway for a number of major musical shows.

As well as working onstage, McKechnie also became recognised for her recurring role in Dark Shadows, as well as guest spots on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and Cheers. She also starred in a number of one woman revues celebrating her lengthy stage career.


Though she appeared as a dancer in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, McKechnie made her first singing appearance as Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. She first gained attention for her roles as Vivien Della Hoya in Promises, Promises and Kathy in the original cast of Company.

McKechnie soon followed this with a supporting role as Cassie in the original production of A Chorus Line, for which she won a Tony Award. She then proceeded to play a number of iconic leads including Charity in Sweet Charity and Annie Oakley in Annie, Get Your Gun and originated the role of Sheila Kelly in Annie Warbucks. She also released an album entitled Same Time, Another Place.


The Little Prince (1974)Edit

  • Be Happy (duet)


Fame (1984)Edit

  • Rudy's Restaurant and Cabaret (contains solo lines)
  • Out Here On My Own (duet)
  • Happiness is a Thing Called Joe (solo)


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1963)Edit

  • Comedy Tonight
  • Lovely (duet)
  • Pretty Little Picture (contains solo lines)
  • That'll Show Him (solo)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise)

The Education of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N (1968)(originated the role)Edit

  • Spring in the City (contains solo lines)

Promises, Promises (1968)(originated the role)Edit

  • Turkey Lurkey Time (contains solo lines)

Call Me Madam (1968)Edit

  • It's a Lovely Day, Today (duet)
  • It's a Lovely Day Today (reprise)(duet)
  • You're Just in Love (duet)
  • Finale

Company (1970)(originated the role)Edit

  • Company (contains solo lines)
  • You Could Drive a Person Crazy (contains solo lines)
  • Finale Ultimo (contains solo lines)

On the Town (1971)Edit

  • Carnegie Hall Pavane (Do-Do-Re-Do)(contains solo lines)
  • Lucky to be Me
  • New York, New York (reprise)

Sondheim: A Musical Tribute (1973)Edit

  • You Could Drive a Person Crazy (contains solo lines)
  • Buddy's Blues (contains solo lines)

A Chorus Line (1975)(originated the line)Edit

  • The Music and the Mirror (solo)
  • One
  • One (reprise)

Sweet Charity (1986)Edit

  • You Should See Yourself (solo)
  • Charity's Soliloquy (solo)
  • If My Friends Could See Me Now (solo)
  • There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This (contains solo lines)
  • I'm The Bravest Individual (duet)
  • Where Am I Going? (solo)
  • I'm A Brass Band (contains solo lines)

Annie, Get Your Gun (1988)Edit

  • Doin' What Comes Natur'lly (contains solo lines)
  • The Girl That I Marry (duet)
  • You Can't Get a Man with a Gun (solo)
  • Moonshine Lullaby (contains solo lines)
  • There's No Business Like Show Business (Reprise)(solo)
  • They Say It's Wonderful (duet)
  • You Can't Get a Man with a Gun (Reprise)(solo)
  • Entr'acte: The European Tour (contains solo lines)
  • I Got Lost In His Arms (solo)
  • I Got the Sun in the Morning (duet)
  • An Old-Fashioned Wedding (duet)
  • Anything You Can Do (duet)
  • They Say It's Wonderful (Reprise)(contains solo lines)

Can-Can (1988)Edit

  • Never Give Anything Away (solo)
  • Live and Let Live (solo)
  • Every Man is a Stupid Man (solo)
  • I Love Paris (contains solo lines)
  • Can-Can (contains solo lines)

Cut the Ribbons (1992)Edit

  • Kick Me Again (solo)
  • Lookin' Good (duet)
  • It's a Party (duet)
  • She Loves You (reprise)(solo)
  • Two-Four-Four (solo)
  • Because of Her (duet)
  • Am I Ready for This (solo)
  • The Door is Closed (reprise)(duet)
  • Take Two (solo)
  • I Just Can't Move in Her Shadow (solo)
  • Cut the Ribbons (duet)

Annie Warbucks (1993)(originated the role)Edit

  • But You Go On (solo)
  • Above the Law (reprise)(duet)
  • Leave It To the Girl (duet)
  • The Tenement Lullaby (solo)

Fiorello! (1994)Edit

  • Gentleman Jimmy (contains solo lines)

State Fair (1996)(originated the role)Edit

  • You Never Had It So Good (contains solo lines)
  • So Far (duet)
  • It's a Grand Night for Singing
  • That's the Way It Happens (contains solo lines)

Follies (1996)Edit

  • Waiting for the Girls Upstairs
  • Country House (duet)
  • Could I Ever Leave You? (solo)
  • Ah But Underneath (contains solo lines)

Follies (1998)Edit

  • Don't Look at Me (duet)
  • Waiting for the Girls Upstairs (contains solo lines)
  • In Buddy's Eyes (solo)
  • Too Many Mornings (duet)
  • Losing My Mind (solo)

Singular Sensations (2003)Edit

Mack & Mabel (2004)Edit

  • Big Time (contains solo lines)
  • Tap Your Troubles Away (contains solo lines)


Same Place, Another Time (2015)Edit

  • Hustle/Where Or When/Native New Yorker (solo)
  • Thank You So Much I See Some Old Friends (solo)
  • Uptown-Downtown (solo)
  • Also Ironically (solo)
  • What More Do I Need? (solo)
  • The Morning After (solo)
  • As I Remember (solo)
  • I Never Know When (solo)
  • Ah Yes, They Were Becoming Interchangeable (solo)
  • You're Moving Out Today (solo)
  • Where Do You Start (solo)
  • Marvin Hamlisch Was One Of The (solo)
  • At The Ballet (solo)
  • Astaire (solo)
  • So There I Am In The Shubert Theatre (solo)
  • You Know In The Beginning (solo)
  • Better Luck Next Time (solo)
  • Of Course He Was Right (solo)
  • I Got Lost In His Arms (solo)
  • Oh So I'm A Late Bloomer (solo)
  • Hate / Love New York (solo)
  • Thank You (solo)
  • Time In A Bottle (solo)
  • Thank You, Wow, What A (solo)
  • With So Little To Be Sure Of (solo)