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October 31, 2011
BROADWAY'S ORIGINAL "Annie" belts a 48 not tomorrow, but Saturday. Oxford Circle native Andrea McArdle once wore a curly wig, palled around with a dog named Sandy and, at age 13, became the youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Back in the day, McArdle also graced the halls of Melrose Academy and laid out on the beaches of Ocean City. These days, she's based in New York. Her recent causes have included stumping for an African-American headliner for the Great White Way's 2012 revival of "Annie," and playing her one-time nemesis Miss Hannigan in repertory theater productions.
NEWS
December 17, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Theater Critic
LES MISERABLES. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., tonight through Jan. 25. Tickets: $15-$67.50. Info: 215-923-1515. Having been an actress nearly all her life, there are many talents Andrea McArdle could hope to pass on to her actress daughter, Alexis Kalehoff. Things like ... projection. ... Building a song. ... Connecting with an audience. ... Executing the perfect forward tumble from a standing position in the middle of a hotel bed, without hitting your head on the ceiling.
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February 23, 2001 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
It's too hectic," Andrea McArdle cried as she was pulled toward the door of the Reading Terminal Market, having gulped down barely half a hoagie for lunch, already late for her next appointment. "The only peace you get is on stage!" If that's really true, then maybe home-town star McArdle has a chance of getting some R&R here in the next few weeks. She's earned raves for her performance as gritty showgirl Sally Bowles in the latest revival of "Cabaret," which continues at Center City's Merriam Theater through Sunday.
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October 22, 1987 | By NANCY M. REICHARDT, Special to the Daily News
When Lisa Peluso begins in her role as Billie Giordano on "One Life to Live," you can just bet that the daytime screen is going to get mighty steamy, since her character is back in Llanview to reclaim her former lover, Wade Coleman (portrayed by Doug Wert). Daytime audiences will no doubt remember Peluso from her nine-year stint on "Search for Tomorrow" as Wendy Wilkins. Peluso was 13 years old when she took over the role of Wendy from another child star, Andrea McArdle, who left the show to become the first Annie in the hit Broadway musical, "Annie.
NEWS
January 13, 1989 | By BILL KENT, Special to the Daily News
Who can forget the sight of Gene Kelly cavorting in a Hollywood thundershower, hooking his umbrella around a lightpost, kicking up his heels and singing "Singin' in the Rain"? You may have forgotten that the original movie musical, shot in 1952, was a period piece about Hollywood's abrupt change from silent films to "talking pictures. " Broadway audiences were reminded when the show played there in 1985. In that case, dropping in on the Claridge production of "Singin' in the Rain" will be a treat.
NEWS
December 12, 2006 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
Continuing the Prince Music Theater's "American Legacy Series," Annie Get Your Gun provides old-fashioned pleasures - the pace is leisurely, the costumes modest, the sets unpretentious. Irving Berlin's great musical comedy has one wonderful song after another, with two full-voiced and charming singers in the leads. Andrea McArdle and Jeffrey Coon are in top form as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in this old-timey love story about sharpshooters in the showbiz of the Wild West. The plot begins with Annie Oakley just arrived with her four little brothers and sisters from the backwoods; she meets Frank Butler, the sharpest shooter in the world.
NEWS
May 2, 1991 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
During the last two years, the Bucks County Playhouse presented musicals with nonprofessional actors. This season, it has switched to a more ambitious policy of musicals with professional actors and name entertainers. The change may mean good-quality shows, but that was not the case Tuesday at the season-opening performance of They're Playing Our Song. Speaking to the audience after the performance, even Andrea McArdle, the show's name performer, indicated that the production needed work - and she didn't have to sit and watch it. Maybe McArdle and Carson Church, the other actor in what is basically a two-person show, will generate some kind of electricty, or at least a sense of connection, as they continue to perform together.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 1995 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
Philadelphia's own Annie, Andrea McArdle, who made a name for herself nearly two decades ago as the 13-year-old star of the Broadway musical Annie, is back in her home area playing yet another show-business Annie. She's portraying legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun at the Valley Forge Music Fair, and both McArdle and the other folks involved in the production have a good bead on the perennially popular musical. If they don't score constant bull's-eyes, they come close enough to be commended on their marksmanship.
NEWS
December 3, 1993 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphia's Police Athletic League has some famous alumni. "Wilt Chamberlain was a PAL kid from Overbrook PAL," according to Lt. Jose Melendez, executive director of Philadelphia's PAL. Joe Frazier also used to be a Philadelphia PAL kid. Frazier attended the 23rd PAL, which used to be at 22nd Street and Columbia Avenue and was the center for PAL's well-known but since-discontinued boxing program. Other famed graduates of the 23rd include Bennie Briscoe, Gypsy Joe Harris, Jimmy Young, Sugar Hart and Boogaloo Watts.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1998 | By Jack Lloyd, FOR THE INQUIRER
Who could forget Andrea McArdle, barely into her teens, belting out "Tomorrow" in the title role of the blockbuster hit musical Annie back in the '70s? You either loved it or you hated it. But now it can be told. Deep down, McArdle was a rock-and-roller. "I would have been a huge rock-and-roll star if I hadn't gone into Annie," McArdle said before Wednesday night's opening of Andrea McArdle's Family Christmas Musical at the Tropicana. Joining her in this holiday celebration are McArdle's 10-year-old daughter, Alexis Kalchoff, who has already tasted the joys of Broadway as a performer in Les Miserables, and McArdle's younger brother, Michael.
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April 15, 2015
SO THERE was Andrea McArdle on the stage of the Media Theatre on a recent gray and chilly morning, rehearsing the title song from "Hello, Dolly!" the evergreen musical she's starring in April 22 through May 24. Dressed head-to-toe in formfitting black, her dark-red hair glistening under the lights, McArdle effortlessly sang and danced with the ensemble in the musical's most famous scene. Then she sang a lyric that was, frankly, a little disconcerting: "Look at the old girl now, fellas!"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011
BROADWAY'S ORIGINAL "Annie" belts a 48 not tomorrow, but Saturday. Oxford Circle native Andrea McArdle once wore a curly wig, palled around with a dog named Sandy and, at age 13, became the youngest Tony Award nominee ever. Back in the day, McArdle also graced the halls of Melrose Academy and laid out on the beaches of Ocean City. These days, she's based in New York. Her recent causes have included stumping for an African-American headliner for the Great White Way's 2012 revival of "Annie," and playing her one-time nemesis Miss Hannigan in repertory theater productions.
NEWS
December 1, 2009 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Childhood memories came rushing back last weekend with the news that Al Alberts had died at his Florida home at age 87. For three decades from the late 1960s, "Uncle Al" - a singing star in his own right in the 1950s with the Four Aces - indulged young local entertainers on Al Alberts' Showcase, a Saturday TV variety show that frequently took its act on the road. Alberts helped discover such entertainers as Andrea McArdle, Broadway's first Annie; singing group Sister Sledge; soul legend Teddy Pendergrass; and Jarrod Spector, who plays Frankie Valli on Broadway in Jersey Boys.
NEWS
November 28, 2009 | By Michael Klein and Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Al Alberts, 87, the former singing star who championed thousands of youngsters on his TV show Al Alberts' Showcase, died yesterday morning at his home in Arcadia, Fla. As she had been since their marriage in 1953, his wife, Stella, was at his side. Stella Alberts said her husband had been ill for several weeks with circulatory problems in his legs but previously had been in good health. "All of a sudden, God took him," she said. His son Chris, a director for the New Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown, Del., said the apparent cause of death was complications from kidney failure.
NEWS
October 23, 2008 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The guy speed-walking out of the subway, tugging on his tongue with a paper towel as he crosses Seventh Avenue, is running late for work. It's Jarrod Spector, sneaking in vocal exercises. Three weeks ago, the singer-actor from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., took over the Frankie Valli role in the Broadway smash musical Jersey Boys after starring on the road in San Francisco and Chicago. "Anywhere else, people would look at me kind of strange," Spector, 27, says, settling into his dressing room at the August Wilson Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2008 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
The magic of YouTube brings Debbie Gibson back. With her pug nose, toothy smile and pageboy outfits, she was nothing less than the Britney Spears of the late 1980s. Her hits, including two No. 1s - "Foolish Beat" and "Lost in Your Eyes" - were not-a-girl, not-yet-a-woman love songs, slightly overdubbed, but clearly honed and melodic. Gibson, though, skipped the rehab, the over-paparazzied life, the lingering downside of teen stardom. By her mid-20s, she had acquired the grown-up name "Deborah" and was doing Broadway and national touring musicals.
NEWS
December 12, 2006 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
Continuing the Prince Music Theater's "American Legacy Series," Annie Get Your Gun provides old-fashioned pleasures - the pace is leisurely, the costumes modest, the sets unpretentious. Irving Berlin's great musical comedy has one wonderful song after another, with two full-voiced and charming singers in the leads. Andrea McArdle and Jeffrey Coon are in top form as Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in this old-timey love story about sharpshooters in the showbiz of the Wild West. The plot begins with Annie Oakley just arrived with her four little brothers and sisters from the backwoods; she meets Frank Butler, the sharpest shooter in the world.
NEWS
June 1, 2003 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's been 21 years since she played Annie in the film version of that Broadway musical hit. But Aileen Quinn is still a child at heart. As a matter of fact, Quinn, whose family is from Yardley, Bucks County, has been waiting "with bated breath" for a call from a certain "very classic children's program" on which she hopes to land a regular part. After spending the last five years on Broadway and on the road doing Peter Pan, Fiddler on the Roof and Saturday Night Fever, Quinn, who just moved into her first home of her own, would like to settle down a bit. Not retire.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2001 | By Clifford A. Ridley INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
This time, the musicals saved the season. Who would have thought it? A season ago, not a single musical made the list of Top 10 productions accompanying this annual retrospective - also known as the Philly Awards - of area theater in the previous 12 months. Not only did that Top 10 consist entirely of plays, but all but one of them had been first produced in the prior half-decade. Three were world premieres. As the 2000-2001 season set sail, it was reasonable to anticipate more of the same.
NEWS
February 23, 2001 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
It's too hectic," Andrea McArdle cried as she was pulled toward the door of the Reading Terminal Market, having gulped down barely half a hoagie for lunch, already late for her next appointment. "The only peace you get is on stage!" If that's really true, then maybe home-town star McArdle has a chance of getting some R&R here in the next few weeks. She's earned raves for her performance as gritty showgirl Sally Bowles in the latest revival of "Cabaret," which continues at Center City's Merriam Theater through Sunday.
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