November 5, 1963 in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Andrea McArdle was born in Philadelphia. While studying dance as a child, she was spotted by a talent agent who got her work in a number of television commercials. This led to McArdle's two-and-a-half year stint on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow. She also appeared on Al Alberts' Showcase, a local televised talent show in Philadelphia. Andrea's big break came in early 1977 when she was pulled from the chorus of orphans to replace Kristin Vigard, the original star in the Broadway musical Annie, during rehearsals.