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Andrea McArdle

 
Date Of Birth:
November 05, 1963 (59)
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Bio:
Andrea first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals, in New York, nationally and internationally. ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 05, 1963 (59)

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Bio:
Andrea first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals, in New York, nationally and internationally. ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Janet
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [Off-Broadway], 2011
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival Production, 2006
Doatsey Mae
Doatsy Mae
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1996
Margy Frake
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1994
Belle [Replacement]
Belle [Replacement]
Belle [Replacement]
  [West End]
London Concert Revival, 1989
Performer
  [Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1987
Ashley
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Fantine [Replacement]
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1985
Performer
  [West End]
London Production, 1978
Annie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1977
Annie
  [East Haddam, CT (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1976
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1999
Sally Bowles [Replacement]

Andrea McArdle Biography

Andrea first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical Annie, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals, in New York, nationally and internationally. She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas Hilton to the Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as several remarkable televisions appearances through the years including Johnny Carson, Merv Griffen and Dinah Shore shows along with several PBS concerts from the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She has honed her craft by working with some of the legends o the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andres, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to name 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. (Fun fact: Catherine Zeta-Jones played young orphan Mollie in this production). Andrea was then tapped to portray Judy Garland in the NBC television movie Rainbow which proved that her talents translated to film.

Andrea starred in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry's Girls, alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams; she portrayed the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Starlight Express; Esther, the Judy Garland role, in Meet Me In St. Louis; Sonia in They're Playing Our Song; Luisa in The Fantasticks; Eva Peron, in Tim Rice's Evita; Fantine in Les Miserables; Margy Frake in the original Broadway cast of State Fair, Nancy in Oliver; the Narrator, in Tim Rice's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Belle, in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; Sally Bowles in Cabaret; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun; and the quintessen­tial stage-mother in Gypsy; as well as Sandy, in Grease.

Andrea has performed in the best showrooms of many of the casino hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and other large concert halls throughout the country including Carnegie Hall and the MET Opera House.

Andrea McArdle Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production
Andrea McArdleState Fair
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1977 - Best Debut of an Actress Gold Star
Andrea McArdle, Annie
 
Theatre World Awards - 1977 - Performance Gold Star
Andrea McArdle, Annie
 
Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Andrea McArdle, Annie

Andrea McArdle News

Andrea McArdle Brings FROM BROAD STREET TO BROADWAY to Catalina Jazz Club This Weeken Photo Andrea McArdle Brings FROM BROAD STREET TO BROADWAY to Catalina Jazz Club This Weekend
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2023

Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original 'Annie' and Tony Award nominee brings her show From Broad Street to Broadway to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for one performance only on Sunday, January 15, at 7:30pm.

Erich Bergen to Perform at The Wick Theatre on New Year's Eve Photo Erich Bergen to Perform at The Wick Theatre on New Year's Eve
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 20, 2022

The Wick Theatre will present a New Year's Eve party and performance. The spotlight concert will start at 10:30 on The Wick’s main stage featuring singer Erich Bergen, star of Broadway (Chicago, Waitress), Hollywood (Jersey Boys), and TV (Madame Secretary, The Good Fight, Bull).

Carbonell Awards Announces Expanded Team Of Judges For 2022-2023 Theater Season Photo Carbonell Awards Announces Expanded Team Of Judges For 2022-2023 Theater Season
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 8, 2022

Gary Schweikhart, president of the Carbonell Awards, South Florida's most highly coveted recognition of theatrical and performance excellence, has announced the nonprofit organization's expanded team of judges for the 2022-2023 theater season, including seven new judges.

Broadway & TV Star Erich Bergen Headlines Immersive New Year's Eve At The Wick Photo Broadway & TV Star Erich Bergen Headlines Immersive New Year's Eve At The Wick
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 5, 2022

The Wick Theatre and Museum Club is going global this New Year's Eve! The recently redesigned venue will offer an incomparable celebration to ring in 2023. From an immersive international dining experience to a concert by Broadway, film, & TV star Erich Bergen, this extravaganza will impress Father Time!

Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month Photo Vintage Theatre Productions Presents The Return Of WHO'S HOLIDAY Next Month
by Stephi Wild - Nov 18, 2022

Vintage Theatre Productions presents the return of the hilarious (and very adult) ‚ÄúWho's Holiday‚ÄĚ December 5 - 31.

Janet Aldrich, Stephen Bogardus & More to Star in OTHER LIVES: THE STORY SONGS OF MIC Photo Janet Aldrich, Stephen Bogardus & More to Star in OTHER LIVES: THE STORY SONGS OF MICHAEL COLBY at Urban Stages
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 7, 2022

Other Lives: The Story Songs of Michael Colby, a m√©lange of melody and tour de force performances featuring lyrics by¬†Michael Colby, will be presented as part of¬†Urban Stages 2022 ‚ÄúWinter Rhythms‚Ä̬†series, produced by¬†Tom Toce¬†and¬†Sue Matsuki, on¬†Sunday, December 11 at 3pm and Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 7pm¬†at¬†Urban Stages Theater¬†

Broadway Streaming Guide: November 2022 - Where to Watch DISENCHANTED & More Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: November 2022 - Where to Watch DISENCHANTED & More
by Michael Major - Nov 5, 2022

From highly-anticipated new movie musicals like Disenchanted and Spirited, to the soundtrack for Netflix's upcoming Matilda the Musical movie soundtrack, November's new streaming releases will give Broadway fans entertained throughout the month. 

Interview: Broadway Encyclopedia Seth Rudetsky Next Matches Musical Wits With Lillias Photo Interview: Broadway Encyclopedia Seth Rudetsky Next Matches Musical Wits With Lillias White
by Gil Kaan - Oct 31, 2022

Broadway pianist/ composer/ all-around host Seth Rudetsky returns to The Wallis with his signature concert series, this time with Tony Award winner Lillias White November 3, 2022. The always working Seth managed to spare a few moments to answer some of my queries.

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by Team BWW - Oct 30, 2022

Julie Benko & More Announced for THE SETH CONCERT SERIES Photo Julie Benko & More Announced for THE SETH CONCERT SERIES
by Team BWW - Oct 24, 2022

SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky has announced performer Julie Benko for The Seth Concert Series on October 30. Plus, see performers like Javier Mu√Īoz,¬†Andrea McArdle and more in Seth's acclaimed live series through December.

Andrea McArdle Videos

VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000 Videoplay
VIDEO: STARS IN THE HOUSE FOR UKRAINE Raises Over $139,000

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022

Stars in the House for Ukraine, an 11+ Hour telethon of the weekly streaming show, raised $139,000 for the International Rescue Committee's humanitarian efforts for those affected by the war in Ukraine. That total is inclusive of a generous matching donation by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, which matched the first $50,000 worth of donations.

VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSI Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Lesli Margherita, Brad Oscar, Patti LuPone & More in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!

by Stage Tube - Apr 19, 2021

Just last night, The York Theatre Company presented an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)...and More!, available to view on demand through April 21, 2021.

BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Andrea McArdle Chases Rainbows Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault- Andrea McArdle Chases Rainbows

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 28, 2020

In 2014, BroadwayWorld gathered a slew of stars to celebrate our 10th Anniversay in BroadwayWorld Visits Oz, a special concert event at Joe's Pub benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. Below, watch as Andrea McArdle sings 'I'm Always Chasing Rainbows.'

VIDEO: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorr Videoplay
VIDEO: Andrea McArdle, Kerry Butler, Christopher Jackson & More Unite to Sing 'Tomorrow'

by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2020

When you're stuck with a day that's gray and lonely, just stick up your chin, grin, and sing 'Tomorrow'! Watch below as stars of stage, screen and more unite to sing the beloved anthem in celebration of our incredible health care providers.

Broadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway! Videoplay
Broadway Rewind: A CHORUS LINE Is a Singular Sensation on Broadway!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 9, 2020

This episode of Broadway Rewind takes you to the opening night celebration of the new production of Michael Bennett's Pulitzer Prize winning musical A Chorus Line. But we start things off at a rehearsal for the one night only Actors Fund Benefit of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which starred Emily Skinner as Miss Mona and Broadway's original 'Annie' herself, Andrea McArdle as Doatsey Mae. McArdle told BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge about her take on the role and her song, 'She reminds me a little bit of that Mabel Normand character. Doatsey Mae is very smart. If it wasn't for that Chicken Ranch in town, she would have been a happening girl. She's overshadowed by all of this tardiness in this tiny little town, (and the song), is a heartbreaking number. It's sweet and a great country number.

BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault-Andrea McArdle Sings a Judy Garland Classic! Videoplay
BWW Exclusive: Songs from the Vault-Andrea McArdle Sings a Judy Garland Classic!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 1, 2020

In 2004, BroadwayWorld gathered a slew of stars for Standing Ovations- a special concert event at Joe's Pub. Below, watch as Andrea McArdle belts out 'The Trolly Song' from Meet Me in St. Louis.

BWW TV: Andrea McArdle Gives a Sneak Peek of Sondheim/Hamlisch Show at Feinstein's/54 Videoplay
BWW TV: Andrea McArdle Gives a Sneak Peek of Sondheim/Hamlisch Show at Feinstein's/54 Below!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 18, 2018

Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, two of Broadways most endearing leading ladies, who starred in two of Broadway's most iconic shows (Annie and A Chorus Line) will bring their ever vibrant talent and personal connection to this celebration of two of Americas most beloved musical theatre composers: Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch. The duo will come to Feinstein's/54 Below on January 1-5, 2019.

VIDEO: Preview ANNIE At Danbury's Musicals At Richter Through August 11 Videoplay
VIDEO: Preview ANNIE At Danbury's Musicals At Richter Through August 11

by Alan Henry - Jul 30, 2018

Musicals at Richter (MAR), continues its 34th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, with Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse's ebullient musical 'Annie,' playing July 27 through August 11. Staged on the grounds of the Richter Arts Center in Danbury, performances take place outdoors under the stars Friday through Sunday evenings at 8:00 p.m., with additional specially discounted performances on Thursday, August 2 and 9.

BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2018 Raises Over A Half A Million Dollars Videoplay
BROADWAY BACKWARDS 2018 Raises Over A Half A Million Dollars

by A.A. Cristi - Apr 3, 2018

Fundraising records and gender norms alike were smashed by stars of stage, screen and pop music on April 2, 2018, at this year's inclusive, dynamic and loving Broadway Backwards.

BWW TV: What Went on Backstage at Broadway Backwards? Go Behind the Scenes! Videoplay
BWW TV: What Went on Backstage at Broadway Backwards? Go Behind the Scenes!

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 3, 2018

Broadway Backwards (#BroadwayBackwards) took the stage last night, April 2, 2018, at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street, NYC), currently home to the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots. The evening was produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and benefits Broadway Cares and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. 


Andrea McArdle Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Andrea McArdle been in?
Andrea McArdle has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Andrea McArdle been in?
Andrea McArdle has appeared on London's West End in 2 shows.

What was Andrea McArdle's first West End show?
Andrea McArdle's first West End show was Annie which opened in 1978

What awards has Andrea McArdle been nominated for?
Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for State Fair , Best Debut of an Actress (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Annie Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Annie and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Annie .

What awards has Andrea McArdle won?
Best Debut of an Actress (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Annieand Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Annie.