McArdle and Reid Shelton in Annie in 1977.
|Birth name||Andrea McArdle|
|Born||November 5, 1963|
|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
McArdle was born in Philadelphia. While studying dance as a child, she was spotted by a talent agent who got her work in a number of television commercials, which led to her two-and-a-half year stint on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She also appeared on Al Alberts Showcase, a local televised talent show in Philadelphia.
McArdle's break came in early 1977 when she was pulled from the chorus of orphans to replace Kristen Vigard, the original Annie in the Broadway musical Annie, during rehearsals. The show was a critical and commercial smash, and she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She lost to co-star Dorothy Loudon—who played Miss Hannigan—but did receive the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance. In April 1978, she opened in London's West End production. She appeared several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1977-79, on one occasion accompanied by Liberace. She also appeared more than once on the Mike Douglas Show, singing with Kristy McNichol, Stephanie Mills, Liberace and Don Rickles. She also appeared on Welcome Back Kotter, playing Arnold Horshack's younger sister.
Her first assignment after returning to the States was the role of Judy Garland in NBC's telepic Rainbow, but throughout her career she has concentrated primarily on performing in musical theater and cabarets. Her credits include Les Misérables (both on Broadway and in the national tour), Jerry's Girls (a revue of Jerry Herman songs co-starring Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams), Beauty and the Beast, Starlight Express, Meet Me In St. Louis, The Wizard of Oz, They're Playing Our Song, and another celebrated Annie in Irving Berlin's classic, Annie Get Your Gun. She briefly appeared in the 1999 Rob Marshall-directed TV version of Annie, singing the "Star To Be" segment of the song "N.Y.C."
McArdle has performed in the showrooms of many of the casino hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and in cabarets such as Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania and the King Cole Room at the St. Regis Hotel and Freddy's Supper Club in Manhattan. McArdle is once again starring in the musical Annie with the North Carolina Theatre Company, although she ironically now portrays the role of Miss Hannigan, at odds with her former character.
Her CD, Andrea McArdle on Broadway, was arranged and produced by her ex-husband, composer Edd Kalehoff, who also collaborated with her on an album of Christmas songs that was released in conjunction with her Family Christmas Show at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Christmas show, "Andrea McArdle's Family Christmas" ran for three Christmas' and featured dancers, singers and acrobats from Encore Productions in South Jersey. Divorced in August 2011, the couple had one daughter, Alexis Kalehoff (b.1988), a performer who has appeared with her mother in Les Miz.
McArdle returned to Annie at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, California, as Miss Hannigan from October 29 - November 14, 2010. She took part in the New York Musical Theatre Festival's (NYMF) production of Greenwood the Musical in fall 2011.
On April 2nd 2014 Oceania Cruises announced a new “Life in the Theater” series for select sailings, starting with a voyage aboard Riviera on October 29, 2014, featuring stage legend Andrea McArdle – the original namesake character in “Annie” on Broadway. Andrea commented “I’ve always loved the sea. The allure, romance, adventure, everything about it makes me feel excited and free, almost like performing on stage. So, I jumped at the chance to partner with Oceania Cruises and raise the curtain on this new creative adventure.”
|1985||The Wizard of Oz||Dorothy Gale||regional; Melody Top Theatre in Milwaukee|
|Unknown||The Vagina Monologues||Performer||regional|
|1989||Meet Me In St. Louis||Esther Smith||regional; Melody Top Theatre in Milwaukee|
|1992||They're Playing Our Song||Sonia||tour|
|1993||Les Misérables||Fantine / Eponine||tour|
|1995||State Fair||Margy Frake|
|1996||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Narrator||regional|
|1999||Beauty and the Beast||Belle|
|2001||Cabaret||Sally Bowles||international tour|
|2006||Annie Get Your Gun||Annie Oakley||regional|
|2006||Cabaret||Sally Bowles||regional, Ogunquit Playhouse|
|2008||Les Misérables||Fantine||regional, Ogunquit Playhouse|
|2010||Annie||Miss Hannigan||North Carolina Theatre|
|2010||Annie||Miss Hannigan||Musical Theatre West, Long Beach|
|2011||Blood Brothers||Mrs. Johnstone||Theatre Zone, Naples, Florida|
|2011||Urinetown||Penelope Pennywise||Connecticut Repertory Theatre|
|2011||Greenwood the Musical||Adult Sheila||New York Musical Theatre Festival|
|2013||Mame||Mame||Bucks County Playhouse New Hope, Pennsylvania & The Media Theatre, Media, Pennsylvania|
Awards and honors
- 1977 - Theatre World Award - winner
- 1977 - Tony Award - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical - nominee
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrea McArdle.|
- Original 'Annie' Returns to Show 30 Years Later, PopEater.com, July 26, 2010. Accessed July 26, 2010.
- Gans, Andrew."Andrea McArdle Will Play Miss Hannigan for Musical Theatre West's 'Annie'" playbill.com, September 15, 2010
- "Photo Flash: First Look at Andrea McArdle in Newsical!", BroadwayWorld, November 20, 2012
- Listing at Internet Broadway Database
- Andrea McArdle at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography and career at filmreference.com
- NY Metro Parents "CATCHING UP WITH ANDREA MCARDLE - THE ORIGINAL 'ANNIE'"