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Happy Birthday To New Rochelle’s Andrea McArdle

Andrea McArdle, turns 51 on Wednesday.
Andrea McArdle, turns 51 on Wednesday. Photo Credit:

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Andrea McArdle!

Andrea McArdle, who owns a house in New Rochelle, turns 51 on Wednesday.

McArdle, a singer and actress, best known for playing Annie in the Broadway musical Annie, was born Nov. 5, 1963, in Philadelphia, Pa. 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.

In 1979, she sang the national anthems for both the United States and Canada at the Major League Baseball All Star Game in Seattle, Wash. 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," "The Wizard of Oz," "They're Playing Our Song," and another celebrated Annie in Irving Berlin's classic, "Annie Get Your Gun."

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