Edwin Drood's Stephanie J. Block Dedicates Her BACA Win to Her Fans: ‘The Blockheads Aren't Kidding Around!’
The Mystery of Edwin Drood alum Stephanie J. Block pulled out all the stops in her powerhouse performance—she cross-dressed, she got murdered, and she even got her adorable dog Macaco in on the act. Her hard work paid off on May 5, when she snagged the 2013 Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Diva Performance—her first-ever award! Read More
Tony Award Nominations Announced - Stephanie Nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Stephanie has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her portrayal of the title role in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. View the full list of nominations
Broadwayworld.com caught up with Stephanie after the nominations were announced to get her reaction.
"I am still weeping. I am so joyful for all involved with DROOD. Sebastian and I are driving to Baltimore and my phone keeps ringing and buzzing. Literally, right now, we are at a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike to get a car phone charger because I am about to loose battery... Obviously, I did not prepare my phone for this incredible Tuesday morning!"
Stephanie and her fellow Tony nominees gathered for Tony Award nominee brunch on Wednesday, May 1st.
New Concert Page Added
Stephanie has added a new concert page to her website. Visitors should check to see if she is performing in a city near you. View concert list
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Cast to Hold Cast Album Performances and Signing at Barnes & Noble, 3/8
DRG Records has released the new 2013 Broadway cast recording of Roundabout Theatre Company's critically acclaimed Broadway production of Rupert Holmes' Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
The two-disc set, which includes a new Act Two opening number, additional ballet music from Puffer's opium den, an additional Act One track not previously recorded and eight tracks featuring the confession of each murderer, is now available online at Amazon.com and iTunes, and CDs can be purchased at Studio 54.
Stars Stephanie J. Block, Betsy Wolfe and Jessie Mueller are set to perform from the album at the Upper East Side Barnes & Noble (86th & Lexington Ave.) on March 8 at 4:30pm; they'll be joined by Will Chase, Jim Norton, Gregg Edelman and Chita Rivera for a CD signing following the performances.
BWW TV: Sneak Peek of Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, and More in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD- Highlights
Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) Broadway production ofThe Mystery of Edwin Drood began previews on October 19th. The show opens officially on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at Studio 54 on Broadway (254 West 54th St.). This is a limited engagement through February 10th, 2013.
BroadwayWorld brings you just-released highlights.
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Stephanie J. Block to Dedicate THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Performance to Covenant House, 11/7
Stephanie J. Block & Sebastian Arcelus will be dedicating Stephanie's performance on Wednesday night, November 7, to the Covenant House. Those willing to donate can text KIDS to 80888 to give $10 to Covenant House to help homeless kids hurt by Hurricane Sandy. Stephanie & Sebastian will match every $10 text gift that comes in during & before Wednesday night's performance.
Cracking the Case of Charles Dickens' Unfinished Novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood and the Madcap Musical It Inspired
Even the greatest sleuths can't get to the bottom of Charles Dickens' The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a novel that was left unfinished when the author died suddenly halfway through writing it. A century later, Dickens' fragmentary story inspired a zany 1985 Broadway musical, which is back on Broadway this fall in its first major revival. Before cracking the case, we dug up the Dickensian dirt on this infamously incomplete mystery. Read More
Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase, Chita Rivera & the Cast of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Meet the Press!
Roundabout Theatre Company will present the new Broadway production of Rupert Holmes' Tony Award-winning musical comedy The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The show is set to open on November 13, 2012 and will star Stephanie J. Block (Edwin Drood), Will Chase (John Jasper), Gregg Edelman (Reverend Mr. Crisparkle), Jim Norton (Chairman) and Chita Rivera (Princess Puffer). View the Pictures
Stephanie J. Block & THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Cast Sing 'Carols For A Cure'!
CAROLS FOR A CURE is the annual two-disc holiday CD compilation of original songs and holiday classics that benefits BC/EFA. These CDs boast the best voices from the worlds of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours. A full track list for this year's 14th edition has not yet been announced, but the cast of Broadway's THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD was already hard a work this week recording their track for the album. View the Pictures
Cast of the Mystery of Edwin Drood Unveils William Ivey Long Costumes
Playbill caught up with the cast of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD for a sneak peek of their William Ivey Long designed costumes. Scott Ellis directs the Warren Carlyle choreographed show arriving at Broadway's Studio 54 on Oct. 19.
Stephanie J. Block Joins the Revival of 'Edwin Drood' Updated June 28, 2012
In addition to the previously announced Chita Rivera, the Roundabout Theater Company's coming Broadway revival of Rupert Holmes's musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" will also star Stephanie J. Block ("Anything Goes"), Will Chase (NBC's "Smash"), and Tony winner Jim Norton ("The Seafarer," "Finian's Rainbow"), the theater announced on Thursday.
Directed by Scott Ellis, "Drood" is to begin previews at Studio 54 on Oct. 19, with opening night scheduled Nov. 29. Originally produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival in the summer of 1985, the show moved to Broadway later that year.
It returns to Broadway for the first time since its original Broadway run, when it received five Tony Awards, including best musical, best book and best score. Learn more
Stephanie J. Block to Appear as Guest Artist at Broadway Triple Threat Updated May 24, 2012
Stephanie will be appearing as a Guest Artist at Broadway Triple Threat in July. Broadway Triple Threat is a musical theater training program in NYC for ages 13-16 and 17 and up. Learn more
BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Stephanie J. Block on 'Reno', Being Green & More; PLUS First & Only Footage of the Star in ANYTHING GOES!
Updated May 22, 2012
Richard sits down with Anything Goes' star and longtime Broadway darling Stephanie J. Block, who gets candid about transforming into the legendary Liza Minnelli alongside Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, going green as 'Elphie' in Wicked, everything Reno, married life and more. In addition, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to bring you the first and only footage of Block onstage at the Sondheim Theatre in Anything Goes! Be sure to catch the bonus footage throughout the interview below! Watch the interview
Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, Lauren Kennedy, Josh Young Set for BABY Concert, 6/18 Updated May 22, 2012
Transport Group, the Drama Desk and OBIE award-winning theatre company, has announced initial casting for its one-night-only, all-star concert of the acclaimed 1983 Broadway musical Baby, which will take place Monday, June 18 at 7pm at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street.
She's 'De-Lovely' and She's Coming Back! Stephanie J. Block to Return to ANYTHING GOES March 15th Updated February 22, 2012
Roundabout Theatre Company announced tonight that Stephanie J. Block will return as "Reno Sweeney" to the 2011 Tony® Award winning musical comedy Anything Goes on March 15, 2012, replacing Sutton Foster in the iconic role.
Sutton Foster will depart March 11th to begin filming ABC Family's new drama series "Bunheads." (She was previously announced to perform through April 29th.) Tony® and Academy® Award winner Joel Grey will continue to perform the role of "Moonface Martin" through April 29th. Tickets are on-sale through Sunday, September 9th, 2012. Block recently covered the role of Reno for three weeks in November of 2011. Read more
The Latest from Steph Updated October 26, 2011
Fa-lap ball-change, people!!! It is true... I am going to pop into The Roundabout's ANYTHING GOES as Reno Sweeney while Sutton is off to be a Hollywood star. I am crazed... as I am learning the show in a short time. But I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful show and amazing company. I appreciate your well wishes and hope to see you at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre during the month of November.
Much joy... SJB
Stephanie's Upcoming Concert Dates:
Reno Philharmonic - Saturday, July 16th
Lake Tahoe Symphony Orchestra - Monday, July 18th
National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap conducted by Marvin Hamlisch with Brian Stokes Mitchell - Friday, July 29th
Wicked Divas Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Friday & Saturday, September 16th & 17th
Do You Hear The People Sing Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra - Friday & Saturday, October 7th & 8th
Wicked Divas Concert with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra - Saturday, October 15th
SJB in Concert at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Indianapolis - Saturday, October 28th
Wicked Divas Concert with the Akron Symphony - Saturday, November 19th
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Updated April 28, 2011
This is a faux website for "Rediscovering Vera Stark"... It is hilarious and so well done. Lynn Nottage is a genius!
Herb Forrester's website include excerpts from Vera's autobiography and a documentary about "The Belle of New Orleans".
Rehearsals have begun for BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK written by Lynn Nottage and it is thrilling! This project feels like something very special and I want you all to know the details as it is a play that should not be missed.
Previews begin Wednesday, April 6th and continue through Sunday, May 8th. The official opening begins Monday, May 9th. and has a limited run with a possible extension through June 12th ...VERA STARK will be performed at 2econd Stage Theatre 305 W. 43rd St. NYC NY 10036. There are some great ticket deals. Senior tickets for those 65 & over are $67.50. Student Rush tickets are $18.00. Advanced ticket buyers under the age of 30 pay $30.00 and Groups of 15+ get a rate of $40- $49.00.
Thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at 2econd Stage.
THE WICKED DIVAS concert with The Cleveland Pops at Severance Hall with Erin Mackey on New Year's Eve.
I will be performing my one-woman show presented through Austin Cabaret Theatre at the Long Center's Kodosky Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 20th, Friday, Jan. 21st & Saturday, Jan. 22nd.
THE WICKED DIVAS concert with The Utah Symphony Orchestra at Abavanel Hall with Julia Murney on Friday- Feb.18th & Saturday- Feb.19th
My one-woman show in Raleigh, NC presented through Broadway voices at the Garner Historic Auditorium Friday, Mar. 4th.
Hope to see you there!
Stephanie J. Block has been added to the line-up of performers scheduled for the African Children's Choir's annual fundraising gala Oct. 18 at the Box. The African Children's Choir is made up of children from the poorest countries of the world whose voices have been heard by world leaders and the top performers in the entertainment world and, over the past 26 years have raised millions of dollars to educate and rebuild countries devastatd by famine, war and AIDS. The Choir is comprised of 24 African children, ages 7-11. Each child in the Choir has lost one or both parents to poverty, war or AIDS. For tickets, visit africanchildrenschoir.com.
Stephanie will star opposite Jason Alexander in the Reprise Theatre Company's production of "They're Playing Our Song". The show will run in Los Angeles at The Freud Playhouse (located on the UCLA campus) from September 28th - October 10th. To purchase tickets, visit www.reprise.org or call the UCLA central ticket office at (310) 825-2101.
A Note from Steph
So...while very excited to announce "They're Playing Our Song", I did want to mention my disappointment as to having to pull out of the Broadway Memories Concert on Oct.2nd benefiting The Alzheimer's Association. It is going to be a wonderful evening and I certainly encourage you to still attend as other Broadway stars will presenting a fantastic performance for a fantastic cause. I certainly hope to be a part of it next year! You can learn more about the concert and purchase tickets at www.broadwaymemories.org. Thanks everybody and hope to see you in Los Angeles!
The Muny has announced casting for its 2010 summer season, featuring a number of Broadway veterans reprising roles they created on Broadway. Performers include Ken Page, Gary Beach, Stephanie J. Block, Georgia Engel, Ashley Brown and many more. CATS, starring Stephanie as Grizabella, will run from July 19 - 25, 2010. For further information, visit www.muny.org.
Broadway star Stephanie J. Block performed her very own unique concert in London, featuring a selection of songs from her debut album ‘This Place I Know’ and songs highlighting her amazing career so far. She was joined by Musical Director Simon Beck, together with the sounds of a four-piece band and special West End guests Annalene Beechey and Oliver Tompsett, plus her Broadway ‘Pirate Queen’ co-star Hadley Fraser. Videos and photos are available at www.simgproductions.com.
"(6 out of 5) I cannot stop playing this CD. Both conceptually and artistically, it is one of the best debut recordings to come out of the Broadway community in quite some time. Block, currently onstage in 9to5, has a solid following and body of stage work, including THE BOY FROM OZ, THE PIRATE QUEEN and WICKED. Her voice is in pristine condition and she possesses both subtlety and nuance, as well as power - and the "good taste" of how and when to use it. She is joined on this recording, by a dizzying array of musical theatre writers, as they accompany, sing or participate in the recorded performances on a cut by cut basis. Just fantastic. This is a "must-have!" Sure to dominate the ipod this summer!" - Naomi Plume, BroadwayWorld.com Read More
“Stephanie J. Block strikes attitudes, bites into her words with ravenous glee, drinks in the dramatic pause, lets her big voice wail for a climactic moment of joy or rage, and relishes a hushed tone.... Undeniably, sparks fly.” –Talkin' Broadway
“I’ve never heard a finer singer nor known a finer person that Stephanie” - Dolly Parton