|Photo by Robert Mannis|
McArdle, who starred in Media's production of Mame in 2013, will return to the Pennsylvania venue for her second Herman musical April 15-May 17.
“Our audiences adore Andrea,” said Media Theatre artistic director Jesse Cline in a statement. “She gives 110% on stage and highlights whatever she does with true passion, honesty, and heart. We are thrilled to have her return to bring Hello, Dolly! to life once again.”
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."
Hello, Dolly!, suggested by Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, features a score by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart. Directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, the original production opened in January 1964 at the St. James Theatre, playing 2,844 performances before closing Dec. 27, 1970. The original cast featured Carol Channing, Eileen Brennan, David Burns, Jerry Dodge, Alice Playten, Charles Nelson Reilly and Ken Ayers. The musical won ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress in a Musical (Channing).