Stephanie J. Block

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Stephanie J. Block

Born

9/19/1972, California, USA

Birth Name

Stephanie Janette Block

Gender

Female
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Stephanie is best known as the mezzo-soprano with a three-octave range and Broadway-belter who originated and created the character 'Elphaba' in readings for the long running, world-wide musical "Wicked" about the witches of Oz before Dorothy arrived. Originally from California, she is from a family of actors. Stephanie…more

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  • Trivia

    • From July 19-25, 2010, Stephanie J starred as "Grizabella the Glamour Cat" in St. Louis Muny's production of the Tony-winning musical "Cats." St. Louis Muny is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theater.

    • The New York Musical Theatre Festival's "Best of the Fest" gala concert, featuring Stephanie J. Block with Christopher Sieber, Tom Kitt and Kerry Butler, was presented June 21, 2010 at New World Stages.

    • In June of 2010, Stephanie J. Block was cast in and starred in the private industry reading of the Charlie Schulman and Michael Roberts musical "My American Family."

    • In the spring of 2009, Stephanie starred on Broadway in "9 to 5: The Musical" by singer-songstress Dolly Parton.

      Stephanie played the role of Judy Bernaly, shich was played by actress Jane Fonda in the film with the similar name.

    • Stephanie J. Block's first solo album, "This Place I know," was released in stores on June 2, 2009. PS Classics, the record label devoted to theatre music and American popular song, put the new disc in stores. Stephanie had the composers of each song on the album collaborate with her in the song's recording either as an instrumentalist or as a vocalist. Of interest to fans of Stephanie's work as 'Elphaba' in the musical "Wicked," Stephen Schwartz collaborates with Stephanie on a song cut from the show called "Making Good."

      The complete track listing follows:
      1. Something Beautiful (with Stephen Flaherty)
      2. One Day (with Andrew Lippa)
      3. I Will Always Love You (duet with Dolly Parton)
      4. Gotta Start Small (with Deborah Abramson)
      5. 15 Pounds (Away From My Love) (with Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler)
      6. Never Neverland (Fly Away) (with Scott Alan)
      7. The Hardest Part of Love (with Steve Marzullo)
      8. Invention (with Paul Loesel)
      9. Making Good (with Stephen Schwartz)
      10. Because I Am a Wife (with Claude-Michel Schonberg)
      11. Smart Women (with Marvin Hamlisch)
      12. The Human Heart (with Stephen Flaherty)
      13. Life Starts Clapping (with Paul Loesel)

    • THE VISA SIGNATURE TONY AWARDS SEASON CELEBRATION, which featured an amazing performance of "Get Out And Stay Out" by Stephanie J. Block, aired on
      CBS, Channel 2 on Time Warner Cable in NYC Saturday, May 30th at 7pm as well as on all CBS affiliates across the country.

    • While waiting for the musical "9 to 5" to re-group for Broadway rehearsals after previewing successfully in Los Angeles in Fall 2008 (during which she played the role of Judy Bernly), Stephanie put together and finalized her first solo album.

    • The official Broadway cast of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5 The Musical" was introduced to the public, July 15, 2008. Stephanie played the role of Judy Bernly originally made famous by Jane Fonda in the 1980 film "9 to 5."

    • After appearing in the workshop version of Dolly Parton's new stage musical "9 to 5" on June 28, 2007 in Manhattan, Stephanie was cast in the Preview version of the play. Previews took place at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angles. Previews began September 3, 2008. Until "9 to 5 rehearsals started after June 15th, 2008, Stephanie continued in her contract to appear as 'Elphaba' in the Broadway musical "Wicked."

    • Stephanie wed fellow actor Sebastian Arcelus in Italy at the end of October, 2007. Sebastian played 'Fiyero' opposite of Stephanie's 'Elphaba' in both the first National Tour of "Wicked: The Musical" and for a few weeks at the beginning of Stephanie's Broadway debut as 'Elphaba.'

    • Stephanie's fans are called "Blockheads." Her father, and lead fan, explained that this came from his childhood nickname "Blockhead" (from the last name Block). "Blockhead" is also what the Peanuts comic strip character "Lucy" calls her counterpart character "Charlie Brown."

    • On October 9, 2007, Stephanie stepped onto the Broadway stage starring in the Stephen Schwartz musical "Wicked" as the misunderstood wicked witch of the west 'Elphaba.' Co-starring with Stephanie was her fiancee' Sebastian Arcelus who starred as 'Fiyero' (the scarecrow). Stephanie originated the role of 'Elphaba' in west coast workshops and was the first to star as the character in the National Tour of the show. She dropped out of the company to star as 'Grace O'Malley' in "The Pirate Queen" which ran on Broadway until Father's Day of 2007.

    • "The Pirate Queen," in which Stephanie starred as 'Grace O'Malley' (the pirate queen), closed on Father's Day of 2007 after a 3-month run on Broadway.

    • Stephanie appeared in two private industry presentations of the workshop version of Dolly Parton's new stage musical "9 to 5." The presentations took place on June 28, 2007 in Manhattan. Other castmates included Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, Bebe Neuwirth, Marc Kudisch and Andy Karl. Joe Mantello who directed "Wicked" was the director. A 2007-08 launch was expected for the stage musical, although the casting for this workshop did not necessarily reflect future Broadway casting.

    • On June 11, 2007, at 5:30 pm, the management of Sardi's Restaurant in New York City unveiled a caricature of Stephanie J. Block. The piece of art joined the illustrious walls of this famed Broadway eatery.

    • During the 2007 Tony Awards show presented on CBS TV on June 10th, Stephanie appeared in clips of her performances in the Broadway Musical "The Pirate Queen." The scenes included Stephanie in the wedding song, dueling with swords, sliding down the rigging of the stage ship (with both hands while wearing a long skirt), Irish step-dancing, and the death of Grace O'Malley's father.

    • On May 20, 2007, Stephanie kicked off the annual AIDS Walk New York by performing "You'll Never Walk Alone." The walk commenced in Central Park immediately following Stephanie's performance. 45,000 people took part in the annual charity event.

    • On June 7, 2007, Stephanie J. and the cast of "The Pirate Queen" teamed up with New York Disaster Interfaith Services for "Night Out on Broadway," where 9/11 first responders and their families were invited to Broadway shows. Guest first responders were taken backstage to visit at the Hilton Theatre in NYC before seeing the show that day.

    • Although Stephanie J. Block did not get a Tony nomination and "The Pirate Queen" was discontinued after June 17, 2007, America's favorite diva DID get the 'Jane Fonda' part in the workshop of the new musical "9 to 5."

    • Stephanie J. Block appeared with the cast of "Pirate Queen" and emcee as a Broadway Star at a day-long event entitled "Dancing at the Crossroads." The event took place at Times Square Military Island in New York City on June 24, 2007. The massive dance event was presented by The Times Square Alliance and Dancers Responding to AIDS.

    • Stephanie J. sang a set from "The Pirate Queen" at the 2007 Tony Awards broadcast in the US on June 10, 2007.

    • After 85 presentations and 32 previews on Broadway since March of 2007, The Pirate Queen, in which Steph starred as "Grace O'Malley" closed on June 17, 2007. Executive producer John McColgan gave the news to Stephanie and the ensemble before the June 5, 2007 evening performance.

    • Stephanie will lead the official "The Pirate Queen Original Broadway Soundtrack" recording session scheduled to begin recording on April 30th, 2007. The album is expected to be released in June, 2007.

  • Quotes

    • Regarding her return to NYC after doing previews for "9-5 the Musical" in sunny Southern California where she was born and raised, Stephanie commented to fans on November 23, 2008:

      "I was on my way back to my husband, where we would watch the seasons change from our little apartment and eat pizza by the slice ... That's MY HOME!"

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