McArdle to give insights on the performer’s life

Broad­way mu­sic­al theat­er star An­drea McArdle will share her ex­pert­ise with stu­dents young and old who yearn to per­form on the Great White Way.

North­east nat­ive McArdle will be among a roster of Broad­way vet­er­ans and pro­du­cer-dir­ect­or Richard Jay Al­ex­an­der who will work with as­pir­ing per­formers from Aug. 1 through the week as they pre­pare for a single per­form­ance of True Col­ors at the Mer­ri­am Theat­er on Sat­urday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 pm.

The Broad­way Dreams Found­a­tion and the Kim­mel Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts are present­ing the Sum­mer Per­form­ing Arts In­tens­ive. This is the third year that the pro­gram, which star­ted in At­lanta sev­en years ago, will be in Phil­adelphia.

Ac­cord­ing to Kim­mel Cen­ter spokes­wo­man Dafni Comerota, most stu­dents are high school or col­lege theat­er stu­dents.

The ages of the par­ti­cipants, all of whom au­di­tioned to be ac­cep­ted, range from 8 to 65.

 Tick­ets for True Col­ors are avail­able at the Kim­mel Cen­ter box of­fice, at 260 Broad St., by phone at 215-893-1999 or on­line at­mel­cen­

An­drea McArdle made her Broad­way de­but in the ori­gin­al 1977 pro­duc­tion of An­nie, for which she re­ceived a Tony-award nom­in­a­tion for Best Act­ress in a Mu­sic­al. Oth­er not­able Broad­way cred­its in­clude Les Miser­ables, Star­light Ex­press, Beauty and the Beast and State Fair.

McArdle, along with BDF Phil­adelphia stu­dents, will per­form se­lec­tions from An­nie, in­clud­ing To­mor­row, Maybe, Hard Knock Life and Little Girls.

McArdle will lead a fac­ulty roster of Broad­way fa­vor­ites in­clud­ing Tony-award win­ner Jar­rod Emick (Damn Yan­kees, Leap of Faith), Eden Es­pinosa (Wicked), Tit­us Bur­gess (Jer­sey Boys), Tyler Hanes (A Chor­us Line), James Kin­ney (Sweet Char­ity), Quentin Earl Dar­ring­ton (Rag­time), BDF artist­ic dir­ect­or Paul Canaan (Leg­ally Blonde) and BDF co-founder and celebrity vo­cal coach Dave Bar­rus.

The en­tire Broad­way fac­ulty will per­form in True Col­ors along­side Phil­adelphia’s per­form­ing youth. ••

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