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Andrea McArdle Joins Cast of Air Supply's LOST IN LOVE Reading, 4/23-24

Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original "Annie," joins Tony-nominated actor Constantine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages," "American Idol") and Justin Matthew Sargent ("Rock of Ages," "Bonnie & Clyde") for the April 23- 24 industry-only reading of "LOST IN LOVE," a new musical based on the hit songs of Air Supply. McArdle sprang to fame in early 1977 when she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She has continued to perform as an actress and singer and is well-known for her alto range and strong vocal belt.

McArdle will read the role of "Mrs. Rutledge," an aristocratic woman of a certain age who seems to know everything about everyone. McArdle will be performing one of the four new songs written for the show by Graham Russell, who had a hand in selecting the cast. Both he and Russell Hitchock of the duo will attend the reading April 23-24 in NYC.

Maroulis plays a young prince, Eduardo, whose intentions come into question as he pines for "Katherine" played by Kristin Piacentile ("When Midnight Strikes," Off B'way, "Chautauqua!" at The Public) while wooing her best friend "Margo" played by Lynn Craig ("Cats" national tour, "The Legend of Julie Taymor" - Fringe). Margo's billionaire industrialist stepbrother Armitage, played by Paul Jackel ("The Secret Garden" on Broadway, "The Fantasticks," Off Broadway) has an eye for antiquities and for Katherine.

Rounding out the cast as "Lord Ashton" and "Lady Ashton" are Broadway veterans Beau Allen ("Best Little Whorehouse," "Jesus Christ Superstar," original production, and "Obama in Naples" opening April 25 at the June Havoc Theater) and Adinah Alexander (slated to perform in "Kinky Boots" later this year and the original Broadway casts of "Wicked" and "The Wedding Singer"). Other casting includes William Blake ("American Idol" Season 4); Brian Golub (Disney's "When In Rome" and Off-Broadway show "Naked Boys Singing"), Georgia Haege ("Lizzie Borden the Musical," Off Broadway, and tours with singer Meatloaf), and Jamie Kolnick ("The Velveteen Rabbit," "The Little Mermaid" with Literally Alive Children's Theater).

Graham Russell, who composed many of Air Supply's hits, has written four new songs for the musical and is working hands-on with book writer Melissa Bell. Concurrently, Bell is working with director Tommy Tune and producer Stevie Phillips ("Best Little Whorehouse") on the content development of the new musical "54."

Robyn C. Lee directs. A former Broadway performer ("Merlin, 5 6 7 8 Dance!") Lee has directed several Off-Broadway shows ("Adore the Spirit," "HELP/DESK") and is author of "In the Moment: The Art of Being" and "The Book of TABs: Meditations on Acting Life."

David M. Beris is Stage Manager (Broadway show "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life," The History Boys") and Jonathan Ivie "Jivie" is Musical Director ("Rock the Presidents"). Josh Freilich is Assistant Musical Director.

Air Supply will be performing such mega-hits as "All Out of Love," "The One That You Love," and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" at BB King Blues Club & Grill in NYC on April 20 with Maroulis as their special guest during the first performance.

"Lost In Love" is set in England in the early 1900s and has a Downton Abbey feel. As royalty and emerging American wealth collide, a man and a woman must decide to follow tradition or live for love.

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