BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

Howdy gang, can't believe the month is coming to an end already, time flies when you're having fun blogging.

I have had a few people write to me saying how much they liked the "vault pics" and if I could share some more from the "red album" years, haha!

My adventures during our original run of Annie were pretty fantastic, the memories of performing the show, meeting all the stars who came to visit, acting alongside Dorothy Loudon, Reid Shelton, causing trouble with all my beautiful fellow orphans, it was pretty heady stuff for a lucky little girl from Philadelphia.

You smart BWW peeps most likely know the early history of the show, when we first premiered in 1976 at the Goodspeed Opera House the show didn't exactly wow them, we had a classic theatre nightmare of an opening night, a hurricane struck, the electricity went out, the set was falling down all over the place, I learned the true meaning of "the show must go on" that night! I actually wasn't playing Annie in the early performances; I was Pepper, the feisty and tough orphan. My good buddy fabulous actor/singer Rob Maitner always jokes I'll always be Pepper to him, haha, I really loved playing her too. I wasn't considered for Annie during the castings, I was actually the first kid hired, but I wasn't a redhead. I was on the soap opera "Search for Tomorrow" and I was contracted with long brown hair (which my mother would never let me dye red)! They only were looking for a redhead.

The original actress cast in the title role, Kristen Vigard, was just beautiful, this really sweet and talented young lady, but something didn't quite connect, they needed Annie to be a little rougher, a bit of a tom boy like me, so they stopped looking at the surface for the red hair, and looked for the heart of the role and I got the part. There was also a change in the casting of Miss Hannigan as well, a terrific actress Maggie Task was playing her and was pretty scary and wonderful, but not funny, you need to love to hate Miss Hannigan, but you also have to LOVE her as well. So after our Goodspeed run, with new scenes, new songs, and the magical force of a newly cast Dorothy, we headed into rehearsals for Broadway with fingers crossed...

I hope you all like these photos, I'll be back again to say farewell before the end of the month! xoxo

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BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

BWW Blog: Andrea McArdle - ANNIE Vault Pics!

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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