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Andrea McArdle

Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA, USA

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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.

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Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015

Return Engagement [Off-Broadway], 2011
Performer [Replacement]

Broadway Revival Production, 2006
Doatsey Mae

Doatsy Mae

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]

Performer [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1996
Margy Frake

Original Broadway Production, 1994
Belle [Replacement]

Belle [Replacement]

Belle [Replacement]

[West End]
London Concert Revival, 1989

Broadway Production, 1987

Original Broadway Production, 1987
Fantine [Replacement]

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1985

[West End]
London Production, 1978

Original Broadway Production, 1977

[East Haddam, CT (Regional)]
World Premiere, 1976

[US Tour]
National Tour, 1999
Sally Bowles [Replacement]

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

Andrea McArdle, Annie

Theatre World Awards - 1977 - Performance

Andrea McArdle, Annie

Tony Awards - 1977 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Andrea McArdle, Annie

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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?

Andrea McArdle has been nominated for several awards throughout her career, including Outstanding Supporting Performer at the Helen Hayes Awards for "State Fair," Best Debut of an Actress at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Annie," a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for her role in "Annie," and a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for her performance in "Annie."

What awards has Andrea McArdle won?

Andrea McArdle won the Best Debut of an Actress award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Annie and also received a Performance award from the Theatre World Awards for her role in Annie.

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