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Andrea McArdle

Andrea McArdle

Andrea McArdle


Andrea 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. This led to McArdle's 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. Andrea's big break came in early 1977 when she was pulled from the chorus of orphans to replace Kristin Vigard, the original star in the Broadway musical Annie, during rehearsals. Read more on Last.fm
Andrea 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. This led to McArdle's 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. Andrea's big break came in early 1977 when she was pulled from the chorus of orphans to replace Kristin Vigard, the original star 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 plum role of Judy Garland in NBC's telepic Rainbow (1978), 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 a 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. Her CD, Andrea McArdle on Broadway, was arranged and produced by her 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 couple has one daughter, Alexis Kalehoff, a performer who has appeared with her mother in Les Miz. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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