NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Andrea McArdle.
McArdle, who owns a house in New Rochelle, turns 50 on Tuesday. The singer and actress best known for playing Annie in the Broadway, was born Nov. 5, 1963.
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, 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.
She appeared more than once on the Mike Douglas Show, singing with Kristy McNichol, Stephanie Mills, Liberace and Don Rickles.