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This 2013 release from Broadway legend Andrea McArdle, her first in 17 years, was recorded during her triumphant January run at the new Broadway hotspot 54 BELOW."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.

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Slim as a pencil in skintight white jeans and sequined stilettos, Andrea McArdle was in rockin motor-mode in her new show at 54 BELOW.... Opening with Odyssey's 'Native New Yorker', she celebrated her teen years on Broadway when she appeared as the original Annie. It was the '70s, and her song list reflected the energy and the rhythms of the city along with the influence of theater. Fired with energy, McArdle grabbed hold of the rhythms and, with her warm vibrato, she mixed the moods of pop and show tunes. McArdle has the veteran's know-how about choosing material that suits her husky belt and acting finesse, like Lionel Bart's 'Where Is Love?' and the lusty 'As Long As He Needs Me' (both from Oliver!). Moving to the intimate side, she delivered an outstanding rendition of Stephen Schwartz's 'Meadowlark'. --Cabaret Scenes

The evening was truly a celebration of Broadway.... Throughout the evening, McArdle's powerful alto voice never flagged, nor did the singer s energy. McArdle has the confidence that comes with growing up on the stage. --Times Square Chronicles

The evening was truly a celebration of Broadway.... Throughout the evening, McArdle's powerful alto voice never flagged, nor did the singer s energy. McArdle has the confidence that comes with growing up on the stage. --Times Square Chronicles
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 9, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Broadway Records
  • ASIN: B009OYOVKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,104 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Manhattan in the 1970's was a hybrid of highlights and hedonism. Overrun with sex shops and financial turmoil, the city was at a low, but the bright lights of Broadway would give us some of the most memorable shows that are still remembered today: "A Chorus Line," "Company," and the classic, comic strip orphan herself, "Annie." Therefore it only seems appropriate that the latest release from the "Live at 54 Below" cabaret series, currently enjoying success in the basement of Studio 54, one of most famous symbols of 1970's partying, is from Andrea McArdle, Broadway's original "Annie."

With this recording, "70's and Sunny: Live at 54 Below," McArdle pays tribute to the decade that made her the idol of every little, pre-teen girl in the 1970's. Now a veteran of showbiz life in her 50's, the actress had the attention of every celebrity during her youthful tenure in the Great White Way's adaptation of the classic red-haired orphan (which ran from 1977-1983).

McArdle's setlist is an eclectic, yet wonderful mix of the musical styles that permeated the radios, record players, and 8-track decks of the decade, including Marvin Hamlisch's "Fallin'," the pop hits "Native New Yorker" and "Rainy Days and Mondays," and Michael Jackson's "Got to Be There." Her anecdotes feature a who's who of the time, including a young Jackson's attendance at her 14th birthday party, Barbra Streisand, Carol Channing (with whom McArdle co-starred in 1984's "Jerry's Girls") and Sir Paul McCartney, who purchased the publishing rights to "Tomorrow" after hearing the little McArdle perform the song.
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Don't waste a second, get this album. Perfect song selections. Great voice. Great chatting. What a seasoned gal. The can of TAB on the cover art is brilliant.......talk about the 70s. HOORAY!!!
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This is a fun album from one of the best singers to grow up on Broadway. Andrea is captured in a live performance at a place called 54 Below. She sings songs that mean something to her as a child growing up in the 1970s. As I am almost the same age as Ms. McArdle, these songs were ones I also remember very well, and she does well with making them her own without changing them too much from the originals.
This CD includes the patter to the audience between the songs. Sometimes Andrea talks of her time in "Annie," other times she talks of a particular song or tells humorous stories. (you have to hear her Carol Channing impersonation!)
I would recommend this album to anyone who is fan of the talented Ms. McArdle.
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I had the great fortune to see Andrea McArdle's show "70's and Sunny" live at Feinstein's in San Francisco last month. Now I've seen a lot of cabaret shows by some big names, but this is the first time that I was compelled to buy the album after the show. And I am very glad I did. I can't stop listening to it.

Andrea McArdle has a wonderful and powerful voice. Something about it, I think it's the tone, makes it so recognizable and special to me. Plus she can belt to the high heavens! And she knows how to use that power to put emotion behind the singing which is what makes listening to her a moving experience.

My favorites on the album include "Meadowlark" (the best version I've ever heard of that song), "Fallin'/Being Alive," "I Believe in Love," "Wherever He Ain't," and "Over the Rainbow." But honestly, I love them all. A few of them she didn't sing at the show I saw, so it was great to be able to hear them. The setlist is an awesome mix of favorites and lesser known gems.

I believe everyone needs to hear this woman sing "Tomorrow" live before they die. It is a life-changing event. I've heard a lot of people sing that song, and I often don't really like it. But when Andrea McArdle sings it, the tears stars start flowing. The live performance of it on this album is probably the next best thing to seeing her in person. I am very thankful that she performed it.

Her patter is good, but I would have loved to hear juicier stories about being a teen star in the 1970's. She talked about going to Studio 54 at 13, but I want to know what she saw and what she was doing. Perhaps some backstage Annie gossip?

This is a fantastic album that any Broadway or 70's music fan would love. I hope Andrea McArdle does more cabaret in the future.
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If you're a fan of Ms. McArdle, this is quite a bit of fun to hear her live, today. She's had a unique career starting out so young and her patter during the show is terrific. She seems well grounded. I never saw her do "Annie" (other than the ubiquitous "Tomorrow") but I did see her with Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams in the early 1980s doing "Jerry's Girls" -- a montage of songs from Jerry Herman musicals. And she more than held her own with two other great performers.

Here, she's relaxed and fully in command of her material and seemingly having a great time.
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Hello, If you are looking to hear an over the top Andrea with equal orchestrations you wont find it on this disc. What you will find is a mature woman that has a great 4 piece band and a lot of stage savvy! She also still has that beautiful voice! On this disc she takes us on her growing up trip through the 1970's. And she does it with her banter between songs as well as the song selection.I must admit that it took a few plays to grow on me. I feel that if you love Andrea's timeless voice then you will love this cd. Need I say more?
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