Andrea McArdle

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Andrea McArdle
Birth nameAndrea McArdle
Born(1963-11-05) November 5, 1963 (age 48)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
OccupationsSinger, Actress
Years active1970–present
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Andrea McArdle
Birth nameAndrea McArdle
Born(1963-11-05) November 5, 1963 (age 48)
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
OccupationsSinger, Actress
Years active1970–present

Andrea McArdle (born November 5, 1963) is an American singer and actress best known for playing Annie in the Broadway musical Annie, as well as for her alto range and strong vocal belt.



She 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, 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.[1]

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, 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.[2]

Andrea will take part in the New York Musical Theatre Festival's (NYMF) production of Greenwood the Musical this fall co-starring Felicia Finley.

Stage work

1984Jerry's GirlsEnsemble (tour)
1985Wizard of OzDorothy Gale (Melody Top Theatre in Milwaukee)
UnknownThe Vagina MonologuesPerformer (regional)
1987Starlight ExpressAshley
1989Meet Me In St. LouisEsther (regional)
1992They're Playing Our SongSonia (tour)
1993Les MisérablesFantine / Eponine (tour)
1995State FairMargy Frake
1996Oliver!Nancy (regional)
1996Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamcoatNarrator (regional)
1996The FantasticksLuisa (regional)
1997EvitaEva Perón (regional)
1999Beauty and the BeastBelle
UnknownGreaseSandy (regional)
2001CabaretSally Bowles (international tour)
2006Annie Get Your GunAnnie Oakley (regional)
2006CabaretSally Bowles (regional, Ogunquit Playhouse)
2007GypsyMama Rose (regional)
2008Les MisérablesFantine (regional, Ogunquit Playhouse)
2010AnnieMiss Hannigan (North Carolina Theatre)
2010AnnieMiss Hannigan (Musical Theatre West, Long Beach)
2011Blood BrothersMrs. Johnstone (Theatre Zone, Naples, Florida)
2011UrinetownPenelope Pennywise (Connecticut Repertory Theatre)
2011Greenwood the MusicalAdult Sheila (New York Musical Theatre Festival)

Award nominations


  1. ^ Original 'Annie' Returns to Show 30 Years Later,, July 26, 2010. Accessed July 26, 2010.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew."Andrea McArdle Will Play Miss Hannigan for Musical Theatre West's 'Annie'", September 15, 2010

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