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August 11, 2010
Media Contact: Susan Clark, Broadway Tonight, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2654, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BROADWAY TONIGHT SERIES PRESENTS BROADWAY'S ANDREA MCARDLE AND THE YOUNG VOICES OF EDMOND
The University of Central Oklahoma's Broadway Tonight series presents its season premiere, Andrea McArdle and the Young Voices of Edmond, at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 27 and 28 in UCO's Mitchell Hall.
McArdle, known for her alto range and vocal belt, shot her way to Broadway fame in the role of Little Orphan Annie in the Tony Award-winning musical "Annie" in 1977.
She is the youngest performer to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. The award that year went to seasoned actress Dorothy Loudin who played Miss Hannigan.
"I think audiences will thoroughly enjoy Ms. McArdle's Broadway-style singing and have the chance to hear her incredible stories from the past three decades," Broadway Tonight producer Greg White said.
Featured with McArdle are the Young Voices of Edmond, a 117-member community choral group, ages five through fifteen, organized by Sequoyah Middle School choral director Angela McKenna.
The concert is fashioned as a cabaret-style performance and will also feature a number by McArdle's 22-year-old daughter, Alexis Kale Hoff, who debuted on Broadway in "Les Miserables" when she was eight-years-old.
McArdle performed in young roles in television, including the soap opera "Search For Tomorrow," and "Welcome Back Kotter," but it is the stage she is passionate about.
She has starred in leading Broadway and touring roles that include "Les Miserables," "Beauty and the Beast," "Starlight Express," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Wizard of Oz," "They're Playing Our Song," and "Annie Get Your Gun."
A favorite role was the anti-thesis of her previous girl-next-door and romantic lead roles, that of Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."
Recently, McArdle played the wicked Miss Hannigan in a North Carolina Theatre Company production of "Annie," a role she said she thoroughly enjoyed.
A reception is scheduled following both evening performances offering audience members a chance to meet McArdle and the Young Voices of Edmond choral group.
For tickets, call UCO's Mitchell Hall box office at (405) 974-3375.