By Andrew Gans
28 Nov 2012
|Photo by Robert Mannis|
McArdle told Playbill.com that she will step into the role of the eccentric Mame April 17-May 19, 2013, at Pennsylvania's Media Theatre for the Performing Arts and, subsequently, for three weeks at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA.
Broadway's original Annie said she has never appeared in the Jerry Herman musical, but "I think it's going to be a really, really good fit."
"I was actually booked to do Hello, Dolly! on a 30-city tour, and then they called me really late in the game and said, 'We're using Sally Struthers.' I was like, 'Okay. Andrea or Sally?' There's a very big difference," McArdle said with a laugh. "I've seen her do that role, and she's fantastic in the role—I've seen her several times. I think I'm actually much better suited for Mame than Hello, Dolly! at this point. Maybe Dolly could be 10 years away, but I'm reading the Patrick Dennis book right now, and I can't put it down."
Andrea McArdle made her Broadway debut in the original 1977 production of Annie for which she received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Her other Main Stem credits include Les Misérables, Starlight Express, Beauty and the Beast and State Fair. McArdle also played Rose in a production of Gypsy at Texas' Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre. Her screen credits include "Annie" and "Rainbow." She will release two new recordings on the Broadway Records label.
Playbill.com will publish a full interview with McArdle in the coming weeks.
For more information visit www.mediatheatre.org.