When she made her Broadway debut in 1977 in the title role of “Annie,” Andrea McArdle helped to usher in “A New Deal for Christmas.”
She’s still celebrating the holiday on stage as she hosts a special Artist Series Concerts program “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”
Audiences have watched McArdle grow up on on stage, film and television, and over the years she has had leading roles in such shows as “Les Misérables,” “State Fair,” “They’re Playing Our Song” and “Starlight Express.” Earlier this year, she released a new CD called “70s and Sunny: Live at 54 Below,” featuring songs she loved growing up.
In Sarasota, she’ll be leading two concerts of holiday favorites and introducing a varied group of performers. They include pianist Steve Marzullo, baritone Todd Donovan, rising young singer Maria Wirries and pianist Alan Corey, dancers from the Carreño Dance Festival. The Le Voci di Venezia Singers will be part of the program on Saturday night, while an ensemble from the Gloria Musicae Singers will join the sunday evening performance.