Best known for her work on the Broadway stage, Ms. Andreas burst onto the New York theatre scene starring as Eliza Doolittle in the 20th Anniversary production of MY FAIR LADY opposite Ian Richardson of the Royal Shakespeare Company and garnering the Theatre World Award. As revivals gained popularity, Ms. Andreas received two Tony nominations re-creating Laurey in OKLAHOMA ! working with Billy Hammerstein and Agnes DeMilles, and as Frankie Frayne in ON YOUR TOES directed by the legendary George Abbott. Other Broadway credits include WORDS AND MUSIC with Sammy Cahn, Nancy in ANGEL STREET with Dina Merrill, Rebecca in RAGS, the short-lived Alice in the short-lived LEGS DIAMOND with the late, great and wonderful Peter Allen, and the Broadway bound and derailed Erte production of STARDUST. Ms. Andreas created the role of Marguerite St . Just on Broadway in the original production of THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL opposite Douglas Sills and Terrence Mann. She received rapturous notices for her portrayal of Vera Simpson in the Prince Music Theater’s production of Rogers and Hart’s PAL JOEY in Philadelphia . Philadelphia rewarded her performance with a Barrymore Award for Best Actress in a Musical and a sold-out three-week engagement of her one-woman show, HERE’S TO THE LADIES…
“With the birth of my son, Mac, I took a pivotal detour. When he was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disabilities, I moved into concert work so that I could continue to sing and give him the attention he needed. And in concert, without a character, I realized I had stepped into a rich new musical world. As Mac grew older, the theatre beckoned and I allowed myself to collaborate with composer Martin Silvestri and writer Joel Higgins leading to my West End debut starring in their musical THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA at the Aldwych Theatre in London followed by concerts with Marty in London, Paris, Rome, Australia and The White House.”
She has sung in concert in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, the Kennedy Center Jazz Festival and the Caramoor Festival to name a few. Symphonic work includes the Boston Philharmonic with Ben Zander, the Tulsa Symphony with Peter Nero, the Detroit Symphony , the Richmond Symphony with Charles Strouse and the Palm Beach Pops with Bob Lapin.
I was first introduced to Christine Andreas’ amazing talent and voice in the 1983 Broadway musical, “On Your Toes.” I was so crazy about her amazing voice that I went to see the show 4 times. Soon after, I discovered that she had also been in Oklahoma and I purchased the recording, which I still often listen to. I wrote to Christine about a year ago and she was gracious enough to reply thanking me for my support and letting me know about some of her up coming engagements and recent CDs.
27 years after I first saw her in “On Your Toes” she is every bit as good as she was then. Time has only added to her already unique style. I definitely recommend catching one of her shows any time you have the chance, or at least add one or more of her CDs to your collection.
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