Sat Jan 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

4 Girls 4

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Four dynamic, award-winning Broadway musical stars -- Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original "Annie"), Maureen McGovern (#1 Gold record "The Morning After"), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) and Faith Prince (Tony® winner Guys & Dolls) -- come together in concert for an evening of song, laughter and memories. 

Background

When 4 dynamic, award winning musical stars from Broadway, film, TV and recordings come together in concert on the same stage, what transpires is an evening of song, laughter and memories. You will be delighted by the biggest hits from their Tony Award winning Broadway shows and performances. 
ANDREA McARDLE (Broadway's original “Annie”, Starlight Express and Beauty and the Beast) MAUREEN McGOVERN, multi GRAMMY® nominated, Drama Desk nominated Little Woman and #1 Gold record “The Morning After”), CHRISTINE ANDREAS (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes), FAITH PRINCE (TONY® winner Guys & Dolls, Bells Are Ringing and TV's “Drop Dead Diva's”). 

Music Direction by BILLY STRITCH

ANDREA McARDLE first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977 when she originated the title role in the mega-musical ANNIE, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”.  Since then, she has starred in several Broadway musicals and appeared in theatres in New York, nationally and internationally.  She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall  to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and casino hotels in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  She has honed her craft by working with some of the great legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to name a few, and was privileged to have appeared on television with Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Dinah Shore.
 
As “Annie”, Andrea 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 her performance and went on to star when the show was produced on London’s West End. (Fun fact: Catherine Zeta-Jones played young orphan Mollie in this production).

Coming full circle, Andrea was tapped by Academy Award nominated director Rob Marshall to appear as “The Star to Be” in the Disney/ABC television production of ANNIE starring Kathy Bates and Victor Garber.   And in the summer of 2010, Andrea played, yes, Miss Hannigan in a production at the North Carolina Theatre and at Musical Theatre West in California.
 
Also on Broadway, Andrea starred in the Jerry Herman musical JERRY’s GIRLS alongside Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams; she portrayed the sassy Smoking Car, Ashley, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s STARLIGHT EXPRESSS; and starred as Margy Frake in STATE FAIR; as Fantine in LES MISERABLES and, most recently as Belle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  She toured nationally starring as Sally Bowles in CABARET and as Eponine in LES MISERABLES and appeared as herself in THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, which she appeared in Off-Broadway as well. 

Andrea appeared Off-Broadway in the satirical NEWSICAL and regionally as the title role in MAME and HELLO DOLLY.  Andrea continues to tour around the country in the concert event, 4 GIRLS 4 with Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie and Faith Prince.  Other theatre appearances include starring as Esther, the Judy Garland role, in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS; Mrs. Johnstone in BLOOD BROTHERS, Penelope Pennywise in URINETOWN, Sonia in THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG; Luisa in THE FANTASTICKS; Eva Peron in EVITA;  Nancy in OLIVER; the Narrator in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT; Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN,  Sandy in GREASE and as Mama Rose in GYPSY. 

In addition to ANNIE, Andrea’s film and television credits include starring as Judy Garland in RAINBOW, appearing in THE LEADING LADIES OF BROADWAY on PBS, ALL MY CHILDREN on ABC and headlining her own PBS special ANDREA McARDLE ON BROADWAY.

MAUREEN McGOVERN, celebrated as “The Stradivarius Voice,” marked the 40th anniversary of the release of her #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy Nomination in 1973 for “Best New Artist.” Maureen received her second Grammy Nomination in 1998 for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal” for her solo piano/voice album, “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy-winning, Grammy-nominated jazz pianist, Mike Renzi. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include, “Can You Read My Mind” from Superman, the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from The Towering Inferno and “Different Worlds” from the TV series Angie. Her many critically acclaimed recordings include tributes to George Gershwin, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Harold Arlen and Richard Rodgers. Her current PS Classics CD, A Long and Winding Road has been praised by The New York Times as “A captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960's to the early 70's. Ms. McGovern's vocal technique is second to none.”

In 2005, Ms. McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as 'Marmee' in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. In 1981, she made her Broadway debut as 'Mabel' in The Pirates of Penzance, then went on to star as 'Luisa' in Nine with Raul Julia and as 'Polly Peachum' in 3 Penny Opera with Sting. Maureen reprised her role as 'Marmee' in the 1st National Tour of Little Women, The Musical and starred as 'Mrs. Anna' in the Broadway revival National Tour of The King & I. Regionally, she has starred in Elegies, Dear World, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Lion in Winter, Letters from 'Nam and Of Thee I Sing-Let 'Em Eat Cake, among others. She is currently performing her IRNE Award-winning “Best Solo Performance” one-woman musical memoir “Carry It On” (co-written and created with director, Philip Himberg). Her feature films include the role of 'Sr. Angelina' the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedy Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. Maureen also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of 'Rachel' in Dreamworks' animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams with Ben Affleck.

For 34 years, Ms. McGovern has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, Chairperson of the record breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. Maureen supports music therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001.

CHRISTINE ANDREAS last two shows at NY hotspot 54 Below have the NY Times accusing her of ‘electrifying her audiences and showering them with ‘pure alchemy’. Both shows, ‘Love Is Good’ and ‘be-Mused’ have garnered enough superlatives to keep the singer touring the US and Europe in 2015. ‘be-Mused is being recorded by PS Classics. In May of 2015, she appeared in New York embodying Edith Piaf in ‘Streetsinger’, a cabaret/dance production with Rioult Dance NY celebrating Piaf’s 100th anniversary.

Ms. Andreas first captured New York City theatre-goer’s hearts in the 20th anniversary production of MY FAIR LADY as Eliza Doolittle (Theatre World Award); followed by the revival of OKLAHOMA!, as Laurey, working with Billy Hammerstein & Agnes deMillle (Tony Nomination); and ON YOUR TOES, as Frankie Frayne, directed by the legendary director George Abbott, (Tony Nomination). She last appeared on Broadway as Jacqueline in the Tony/Olivier Award winning production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge, after starring as Margaret Johnson in the much acclaimed National tour of THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA.

She created the role of Marguerite St. Just on Broadway in the original production of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL opposite Douglas Sills and Terrence Mann. Other Broadway credits include WORDS AND MUSIC with Sammy Cahn, Nancy in ANGEL STREET with Dina Merrill, Rebecca in RAGS, the short-lived Alice in the short-lived LEGS DIAMOND with the late, great and wonderful Peter Allen, and the Broadway bound and derailed Erte production of STARDUST. She received rapturous notices and a Barrymore Award for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in the Prince Music Theater’s production of Rogers and Hart’s PAL JOEY. She played Judy Garland in the world premiere of HEARTBREAKER, a new play with music, by John Meyer chronicling his two-month affair with her five months before she died.

Television credits include: Law & Order: SVU, The Cosby Show, PBS’ Musical Comedy Tonight, Taylor Benson in Another World, and as Ava Gardner in Fox’s mini-series, Mia, Child of Hollywood.

Collaboration with composer Martin Silvestri and writer Joel Higgins lead to her West End debut starring in their musical THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA at the Aldwych Theatre in London followed by concerts with Marty in London, Paris, Rome, Australia and The White House.”
She has sung in concert in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival and the Caramoor Festival to name a few. Symphonic work includes the Boston Philharmonic with Ben Zander, the Tulsa Symphony with Peter Nero, the Detroit Symphony, the Richmond Symphony with Charles Strouse, the Palm Beach Pops, and The Silicon Valley Symphony.

Engagements in New York at the CAFÉ CARLYLE and the ALGONQUIN’S OAK ROOM prompted the New York Times to extol: “She delicately kills with the sheer beauty of her voice”…”She finds a blend of lyricism and sweet sensuality that only the finest Broadway voices can conjure.” Liz Smith was moved to write: “Christine Andreas is everything anyone who loves romantic pop music could want – simply sine qua non.” Her CARNEGIE HALL debut was hailed as ‘brilliant’, ‘delicious’ and ‘sexy’ in Variety. 

The natural next step was to capture her music on CD. In collaboration with Silvestri, a Grammy nominated producer, they released LOVE IS GOOD. HERE’S TO THE LADIES, their second CD collaboration and a tribute to the great ladies of the theatre, recorded in London with a 55 piece orchestra; and THE CARLYLE SET, a sophisticated set of contemporary standards recorded with a quartet of New York’s most outstanding musicians. Both CD’s were selected on USA Today’s’ top 10 list. After the release of the CD she returned to The Café Carlyle in New York for an encore performance… repeating it once again at the Catalina Grill in Los Angeles. The LA Times called her “a mesmerizing musical presence”.

 

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