She also appeared on Welcome Back Kotter, playing Arnold Horshack's younger sister.
Louis, The Wizard of Oz, They're Playing Our Song, and another celebrated Annie in Irving Berlin's classic, Annie Get Your Gun.
She briefly appeared in the 1999 Rob Marshall-directed TV version of Annie, singing the "Star To Be" segment of the song "N. C." Mc Ardle has performed in the showrooms of many of the casino hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and in cabarets such as Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania and the King Cole Room at the St. Mc Ardle once again starred in the musical Annie with the North Carolina Theatre Company, although she ironically portrayed the role of Miss Hannigan, at odds with her former character.
Her CD, Andrea Mc Ardle on Broadway, was arranged and produced by her ex-husband, composer Edd Kalehoff, who also collaborated with her on an album of Christmas songs that was released in conjunction with her Family Christmas Show at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
While studying dance as a child, she was spotted by a talent agent who got her work in a number of television commercials, which led to her 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.
Mc Ardle's break came in early 1977 when she was pulled from the chorus of orphans to replace Kristen Vigard, the original Annie in the Broadway musical Annie, during rehearsals.
The show was a critical and commercial smash, and she became the youngest performer ever to be nominated for a Tony Award as Best Lead Actress in a Musical.
She lost to co-star Dorothy Loudon—who played Miss Hannigan—but did receive the Theater World and Outer Critics' Circle Awards for her performance.
In April 1978, she opened in London's West End production.
She appeared several times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1977-79, on one occasion accompanied by Liberace.
She also appeared more than once on the Mike Douglas Show, singing with Kristy Mc Nichol, Stephanie Mills, Liberace and Don Rickles.