BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - 54 Below & More!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - 54 Below & More!

Hi BroadwayWorlders!

Hope you've all been enjoying the great weather, finally! But don't forget your duty to keep up on all the dish here on BWW!

I've been so excited seeing all the great buzz about the divine Norm Lewis taking over the title role in The Phantom of the Opera alongside my favorite girl singer Sierra Boggess, I'm going to check them out soon, I saw the show a year or show ago when this Philly girl went to see Philly boy Hugh Panaro work that cape and mask, I love the heart and spectacle of that show, it's been running for nearly 27 years, so they must be doing something right!

Speaking of favorite girl singers, I had the absolute treat to guest as part of Milly and Abigail Shapiro's Live Out Loud concert series at 54 Below. Let me tell you, these two sisters are the real deal. They are SO FREAKIN' TALENTED! Even better, they are sweet gems and really know how to command the stage.

Van Dean and company have given them the perfect platform to soar, aided by musical director Michael Moritz (he's a hottie btw) and director Deborah Kym, the two ladies have created a really special night.

Van and Abigail co-wrote a song to the tune of "Anything You Can Do" that described what would happen if Annie met Matilda. It's amazing how multi-talented Abby is...she sings, dances en pointe, plays piano, writes music, AND she wrote the banter for the show. She's in 8th grade! The song is adorable and will be appearing on the live album of the concert. My personal favorite lyrics were about which Agatha is worse - Hannigan or Trunchbull!

The girls told a very interesting story about how they went on their very first NYC audition in the same week - Abigail for Grinch and Milly for Matilda. As we now know, they both ended up getting cast...from their first auditions ever...nearly simultaneously. Future leading ladies of the stage take note, be ready for that "right" moment, talent, determination and LUCK is all a part of the equation!

It was a blast to be a part of what is a very special evening, they have another show on June 9th, so get those tickets, the last two shows were 100% sold out.

Here's a fun picture of all of us riding the elevator at 54 Below taken by Michael, you'll also spy the beautiful Jennifer Damiano in the mix too, she was performing at the venue that evening, she's another great young lady, what a voice!

I'll be back soon, I've been getting lots of requests for more vault pics, so stay tuned!!!

Bye BWW!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - 54 Below & More!

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Guest Blogger: Andrea McArdle Andrea first captured the hearts of theatergoers in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical hit Broadway musical ANNIE, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals as well essaying leading roles on stages the world over.

Andrea has brought her award-winning vocal talents to national and international concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas Hilton to the Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as several remarkable television appearances through the years. Ms. McArdle has sung for each American President from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton. She honed her craft by working with some of the legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Stephen Schwartz, Tim Rice, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John to name just a few.

As Annie she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for the girl with the red hair and big voice. She subsequently conquered London with her portrayal of Little Orphan Annie in the West End. Andrea was then tapped to portray Judy Garland in the acclaimed NBC television movie “Rainbow”. She appeared in the 1999 Rob Marshall-directed TV version of “Annie”, singing the "Star To Be" segment of the song "N.Y.C."

The stage has continued to welcome Andrea “home” throughout the years, she starred in the Jerry Herman musical JERRY’S GIRLS alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams as herself; as Fantine in the original Broadway run of LES MISERABLES; as the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s STARLIGHT EXPRESS; as Belle in Broadway’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and as the original Margy Frake in Broadway’s STATE FAIR. Andrea was lauded for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in both the US National and International tours of the Tony Award winning revival of CABARET and also toured as Eponine in LES MISERABLES,. Other notable roles include: Mrs. Johnston in BLOOD BROTHERS; Eva Peron, in EVITA; Nancy in OLIVER; Sandy in GREASE; the Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT; Miss Hannigan in ANNIE; Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN , Rose in GYPSY; Esther (the Judy Garland role) in MEET ME IN ST LOUIS; Sonia in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG; as PETER PAN and appeared as herself in Off-Broadway’s The Vagina Monologues. Ms. McArdle recently starred in the 2012 version of the comedic hit, NEWSICAL: The Musical!, Andrea followed internet sensation Perez Hilton as the production’s celebrity guest star to celebrated acclaim. Her most recent stage triumph was essaying the title role in Jerry Herman’s Broadway classic MAME at the newly renovated and long acclaimed Bucks County Playhouse.

Andrea is a much in demand vocalist and has performed in the showrooms of many of the Las Vegas and Atlantic City’s top hotels and casino’s, and in cabarets and niteclubs such as New York City’s renowned Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel, among many others. She can be heard on the Grammy Winning, Platinum selling Original Broadway Cast recording of ANNIE, as well as the cast recordings of JERRY’S GIRLS, STATE FAIR, the television soundtrack of Rob Marshall’s ANNIE, as well as her own solo CD titled “Andrea McArdle: On Broadway”. In 2013 Andrea released her new solo release ANDREA MCARDLE: 70’s & SUNNY- LIVE from 54 BELOW, and Golden Record’s Celebrity Classics Children’s CD.

Andrea McArdle was the recipient of the 2011 NYMF award for Outstanding Individual Performance for her role in GREENWOOD The Musical.

Ms. McArdle recently finished up an acclaimed run at Manhattan’s 54 Below in her new cabaret act, DREAM ROLES.

Andrea is currently starring in the theatrical tour of 4 GIRLS 4 alongside fellow Broadway icons Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie and Maureen McGovern.

Later this year Andrea will be embarking on an exciting partnership with Oceania Cruises debuting a new “LIFE IN THE THEATER” performance series.

Photo Credit: Angela Talley