The Media Theatre's annual fundraising Gala Event will be one of its finest on Saturday, Feb. 25. Not only will there be two catered cocktail receptions included in the ticket price, but those who purchase tickets will be privileged to see an iconic Broadway star on stage during the evening's festivities.
After the first reception, when the lights go up on stage the announcement will be made: "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Broadway's legendary Andrea McArdle!"
ANDREA McARDLE 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 and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally and internationally. She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and casino hotels in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She has honed her craft by working with some of the great legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to name a few, and was privileged to have appeared on television with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore.
As "Annie," Andrea 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 her performance and went on to star when the show was produced on London’s West End. (Fun fact: Catherine Zeta-Jones played young orphan Mollie in that production).
Coming full circle, Andrea was tapped by Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall to appear as "The Star to Be" in the Disney/ABC television production of Annie starring Kathy Bates and Victor Garber. And in the summer of 2010, Andrea played, yes, Miss Hannigan in a production at the North Carolina Theatre and at Musical Theatre West in California.
Also on Broadway, Andrea starred in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry's Girls alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams; she portrayed the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express; and starred as Margy Frake in State Fair; as Fantine in Les Miserables and, most recently as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and as Eponine in Les Miserables and appeared as herself in The Vagina Monologues, which she appeared in Off-Broadway as well.
Other theatre appearances include starring as Esther, the Judy Garland role, in Meet Me in St. Louis; Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers; Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown; Sonia in They're Playing Our Song; Luisa in The Fantasticks; Eva Peron in Evita; Nancy in Oliver; the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun; Sandy in Grease and as Mama Rose in Gypsy.
In addition to Annie, Andrea’s film and television credits include starring as Judy Garland in Rainbow, appearing in The Leading Ladies of Broadway on PBS, All My Children on ABC and headlining her own PBS special Andrea McArdle on Broadway.
She now adds her name to the prestigious list of iconic celebrities who have appeared on The Media Theatre's stage such as Wanda Sykes, Justin Guarini, Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, and Judy Kaye as well as Il Divo's David Miller, who performed his first and to this date only solo concert in Media just prior to joining the popular pop-opera singing group.
For tickets to Andrea McArdle in Concert: The Media Theatre's Annual Gala Event which includes two receptions, a silent and live auction, and the opportunity to meet Andrea McArdle, call 610-891-0100.
You may visit www.mediatheatre.org for more information about the theatre season's premier black-tie optional fundraiser, which supports Delaware County's only professional music theatre (Jesse Cline, Artistic Director).