‘4 Girls 4’

Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince, Christine Andreas and Maureen McGovern are show-stoppers.A talk with the show’s music director.

Different, similar, versatile and talented are four reasons Broadway stars Andrea McArdle, Faith Prince, Christine Andreas and Maureen McGovern shine together and separately during the musical production “4 Girls 4.”

The ladies will light up the Clark State Performing Arts Center’s Kuss Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

The show is presented by the Springfield Arts Council and closes out its 2014-15 Broadway and Beyond season. It is appropriate for all audiences.

“With this show you never know what’s going to happen,” music director John McDaniel. “The set list is always evolving and will never be boring.”

McDaniel has had plenty of notoriety himself as a Grammy and Tony Award winner, but he may be most familiar as the musical director on TV’s “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” where he won two Emmy Awards.

McDaniel said the show originated from a similar production featuring talented women he saw as a kid. He became familiar with a lot of the performers in “4 Girls 4” during on “Rosie” and decided to revive the format.

“Fortunately, there’s so much great talent out there, we could go on indefinitely, or at least as long as we’re having fun.”

There are actually seven ladies who rotate in and out of “4 Girls 4,” depending on their work schedules.

The show will begin with a show-stopping opening number featuring all four girls. McDaniel declined to say what that is, wanting it to be a surprise.

Then each girl will take over a solo spotlight that will include past shows they’ve worked on and their signature songs.

McCardle was Broadway’s original “Annie” in 1977, earning acclaim and played many of the great roles of the musical theater since. Her signature song is also Annie’s, “Tomorrow.”

Prince won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls,” a production that recently played the Kuss Auditorium. “Adele’s Lament” from the show is her signature tune. Prince has two other Tony nominations and has appeared in numerous television and film productions.

Andreas has been in award-winning revival productions from “My Fair Lady” to “La Cage Aux Folles.” She’ll sing songs from “Oklahoma,” which she landed a Tony Best Actress nomination for.

McGovern rose to fame as the vocalist on two Oscar-winning Best Songs, “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure” (her signature song) and “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno.” The former was a No. 1 song, and she later earned two Grammy nominations for later work.

McGovern’s Broadway career includes roles in “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Sound of Music” and “South Pacific.”

“They’re all so different with different styles that when they come together, it’s magical,” said McDaniel.

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