(March 27, 2013 – New York, NY) – The first new album from Broadway legend Andrea McArdle in 17 years is set for release on Broadway Records. “70’s and Sunny: Live At 54 BELOW” was recorded during her triumphant January run at the new Broadway hotspot 54 BELOW and will be released on April 9, 2013 and is available for pre-order at http://amzn.com/B009OYOVKS
. The digital release will be available on April 5th.
“70’s and Sunny” debuted to sold-out houses at 54 BELOW in the summer of 2012 and returned for an equally successful engagement in January. Andrea McArdle, Broadway’s original ANNIE, the voice that helped define the seventies for many, revisits the music that defined that era for her and helped influence the artist she became. From Peter Alan to Stephen Schwartz, from Billy Joel to Broadway, from Jerry Herman to Marvin Hamlisch, “70’s and Sunny” rewards listeners with fresh takes on music heard on stages, on screens and on the radio. Other albums in the series include
recordings by Patti LuPone Norbert Leo Butz and Christiane Noll with new titles to be announced soon.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with 54 BELOW on this exciting new live album series,” stated Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records. “We believe 54 BELOW has been, and will continue to be, host to a multitude of legendary concerts featuring Broadway’s brightest stars and this is an opportunity to capture these performances permanently for the fans.”
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, and Steven Baruch. Frankel said, “My partners and I are happy to add the live recording component to our 54 BELOW activities. It is exciting that some of the great performances will be available to audiences world wide.”
ANDREA McARDLE first captured
the hearts of theatergoers in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical hit Broadway musical ANNIE, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie. Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals as well playing many leading roles on stages the world over. Andrea has brought her award-winning vocal talents to national and international concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Las Vegas Hilton to the Hong Kong Philharmonic as well as several remarkable television appearances through the years. Ms. McArdle has sung for each American President from Gerald Ford to Bill Clinton. She honed her craft by working with some of the legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Stephen Schwartz, Tim Rice,
Trisha Yearwood and Elton John to name just a few. As Annie she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She also received the Theater World and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards for the girl with the red hair and big voice. She subsequently conquered London with her portrayal of Little Orphan Annie in the West End. Andrea was then tapped to portray Judy Garland in the acclaimed NBC television movie “Rainbow”. She appeared in the 1999 Rob Marshall-directed TV version of “Annie”, singing the “Star To Be” segment of the song ”N.Y.C.” The stage has continued to welcome Andrea “home” throughout the years, she starred in the Jerry Herman musical Jerry’s Girls alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams as herself; as Fantine in the original Broadway run of Les Miserables; as the
sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express; as Belle in Broadway’s Beauty And The Beast and as the original Margy Frake in Broadway’s State Fair. Andrea was lauded for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in both the US National and International tours of the Tony Award winning revival of Cabaret and also toured as Eponine in Les Miserables. Other notable roles include: Mrs. Johnston in Blood Brothers; Eva Peron, in Evita; Nancy in Oliver; Sandy in Grease; the Narrator in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Miss Hannigan in Annie; Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun, Rose in Gypsy; Esther (the Judy Garland role) in Meet Me In St Louis; Sonia in They’re Playing Our Song; as Peter
Pan and appeared as herself in Off-Broadway’s The Vagina Monologues. Andrea is a much in demand vocalist and has performed in the showrooms of many of the Las Vegas and Atlantic City’s top hotels and casinos, and in cabarets and nightclubs such as New York City’s renowned Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel, among many others. She can be heard on the Grammy Winning, Platinum selling Original Broadway Cast recording of Annie, as well as the cast recordings of Jerry’s Girls, State Fair, the television soundtrack of Rob Marshall’s “Annie”, as well as her own solo CD titled “Andrea McArdle: On Broadway”. Andrea McArdle recently won a 2011 NYMF award for Outstanding Individual Performance for her role in Greenwood The Musical.
BROADWAY RECORDS is a new
label dedicated to Broadway and Off Broadway-related recordings and is a division of the theatrical production and investment company, The Broadway Consortium. The Broadway Consortium (winner of Best Revival of a Musical Tony® Award in 2012) was co-founded by Van Dean and Kenny Howard. Broadway Records releases include the Original Broadway Cast Recordings of Bonnie & Clyde and Lysistrata Jones, “Nick Jonas: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”, “Laura Osnes: Dream A Little Dream – Live at the Café Carlyle” and Jekyll & Hyde 2012 Concept Recording and its new series of “Live at 54 BELOW” recordings. The Broadway Consortium’s Broadway producing credits include Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Big Fish (coming next
fall), Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Evita (2012). West End: Master Class (2012). The Broadway Consortium was also the lead producer of January’s From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook. Together, Kenny and Van executive produced the Grammy® nominated 2011 Broadway Cast Recording of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette. The general counsel for Broadway Records and The Broadway Consortium is Barry Miller. www.BroadwayConsortium.comwww.BroadwayRecords.com
54 BELOW, Broadway’s nightclub, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style.
In their description of 54 BELOW, The New York Times writes “the club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced
by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs.” The New York Post calls the venue “a gorgeous new cabaret space. With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 Below has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It’s a pleasure to share their joy.”
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, lit by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, and with sound by Tony Award nominee Peter Hylenski, 54 BELOW features an in-your-living-room intimate relationship between its performers and audiences. Tony Award winner Scott Wittman serves as Creative Consultant and MAC Award Winner Phil Geoffrey Bond serves as Director
of Programming. André J. Marrero is the Executive Chef of the new venue, which provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Bringing together his love of the arts with his passion for cooking and hospitality, Chef André has created a market driven contemporary bistro menu that includes ingredients sourced from all over the world.
54 BELOW is owned and operated by Tony Award® winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steven Baruch.
54 BELOW is located at 254 West 54th Street. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com
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