TONY AWARD® Winner for A Chorus Line, DONNA McKECHNIE, will perform at the Southern Vermont Arts Center’s (SVAC) Arkell Pavilion on September 17th at 8PM in TAKE ME TO THE WORLD: THE SONGS OF STEPHEN SONDHEIM as part of the BROADWAY IN VERMONT Concert Series sponsored by Berkshire Bank and hosted by TONY AWARD® winner Christian Hoff. 

Donna McKechnie, who received a TONY AWARD® for her performance in the original company of A Chorus Line, is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost singing and dancing leading ladies. Donna has starred in and choreographed productions in London’s West End, along with theatrical productions in Tokyo and Paris. Some of Ms. McKechnie’s Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingThe Education of Hyman KaplanSondheim, A Musical Tribute (which she also choreographed); Promises, PromisesCompanyOn the TownState Fair (Fred Astaire Award); and The Visit

She has starred in and/or choreographed numerous regional plays and musicals, including FolliesMack and MabelGypsyThe Glass MenagerieSweet CharitySix Dance Lessons in Six WeeksGuys and Dolls, and can be seen in concert and with Symphony Orchestras as well as TV Specials and dramatic series including FameCheers, and Dark Shadows. She was featured in the film Every Little Step and played the Rose in the film The Little Prince

Donna will be performing her new, one woman show, Take Me To The World – The Songs of Stephen Sondheim, which celebrates the greatest Broadway composer and lyricist of our time: Stephen SondheimIn the show, she performs songs from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumCompanyFolliesA Little Night MusicAnyone Can Whistle, and Sunday in the Park with George and shares stories of her time working with Sondheim and the great influence he had in her life, both professionally and personally. Ms. McKechnie’s memoir, Time Steps: My Musical Comedy Life, was published by Simon and Schuster. Donna was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2019.

The Summer series, running from July to September 2022, is sponsored by BERKSHIRE BANK and will be presented in collaboration with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Christian Hoff, and Old Mill Road Media. 

Donna McKechnie is the 4th and final concert in the series.

“We are thrilled to bring Broadway’s best, live-in-concert to Southern Vermont with the help of our own resident TONY AWARD®  Winner Christian Hoff and Old Mill Road Media, and we’re beyond grateful to our presenting sponsor, Berkshire Bank,” says Anne Corso, Executive Director, SVAC. 

“Berkshire Bank is committed to giving back to the communities we do business in. We are proud to support Southern Vermont’s long-standing art and music traditions by sponsoring the Broadway in Vermont series at SVAC,” shared Lori Kiely, Regional President, Berkshire Bank. 

TONY AWARD® Winner Christian Hoff added, “As a newcomer to Vermont, I wanted to bring my Broadway pals and fellow talents to entertain us here in Southern Vermont. Special thanks to SVAC and our presenting sponsor, Berkshire Bank, and our hospitality sponsors, Church Street Hospitality, Equinox Golf Resort and Spa, and Kimpton Taconic Hotel for making this wonderful series possible.”

All concerts will be held in the Arkell Pavilion at the Southern Vermont Arts Center, SVAC Drive / West Road Manchester, VT 05254. To inquire about performances or to purchase tickets, contact Jeremy Chestler at (802) 367-1310 or jchestler@svac.org or purchase tickets online at: svac.org 

ABOUT Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bankis transforming what it means to bank its neighbors socially, humanly, and digitally to empower the financial potential of people, families, and businesses in its communities as it pursues its vision of being the leading socially responsible omni-channel community bank in the markets it serves. 

Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, and investment services.  The Bank has approximately $12.1 billion in assets and operates 105 branch offices in New England and New York.  Headquartered in Boston, Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE:BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank and is a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.  To learn more, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. 

ABOUT The Southern Vermont Arts Center

The Southern Vermont Arts Center (SVAC)is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Manchester, VT, with a mission to promote and nurture the arts. SVAC strives to provide opportunities for local and regional artists, to introduce the wider community to artwork and performances of national relevance, and to engage diverse audiences. svac.org

ABOUT Christian Hoff

Christian Hoff is a multi-talented entertainer and producer, known for his TONY®-winning role in Jersey Boys and life-spanning career in the arts. He is the host of Jazz ‘n TÖST on 

WEQX, 102.7, sponsored by Vermont’s TÖST Beverages and produced by Old Mill Road Recording.christianhoff.com 

ABOUT Old Mill Road Media

Old Mill Road Media-based in East Arlington, Vermont-is the publisher of BERKSHIRE MagazineVERMONT MagazineSTRATTON MagazineMANCHESTER LIFE, and The Vermont News Guide. In addition, Old Mill Road Media offers a full range of media services, including Audio and Video Production, Graphic Design services, Website Design services, and Social Media management. oldmillroadmedia.com

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