Monday, November 18, 2013

Musical Monday: Stephanie J. Block in The Mystery of Edwin Drood!

Block as Elphaba
Stephanie J. Block is one of Wicked's most famous and buzzed about Elphabas.  She was in the original workshops of the show as Elphaba before Idina Menzel The Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen, 9 to 5, Anything Goes and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  She is currently appearing in the Off-Broadway production of Little Miss Sunshine.
came in and the ensemble of the out of town tryout production of the show in San Francisco.  She then originated the role on the Emerald City Tour (or the 1st National Tour) of Wicked which has been running for nearly 9 years, and was the 6th actress to play the role of Elphaba on Broadway.  She has also appeared on Broadway in

I saw the living legend in The Mystery of Edwin Drood earlier this year on February 2, 2013 at 8pm.  I had heard good things about the show but knew next to nothing about it in terms of plot or music.  It has a very old-timey feel to it, the score is very classically based, but it was extremely funny.  I loved the over-the-top humor in the show.  This role had Stephanie J. Block's name written ALL over it. She is an extremely versatile actress and can play very real characters (Judy in 9 to 5 for instance) and she can play very exaggerated characters as well (Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes!)  She got to make the audience laugh, and she even got a big diva exit moment.  I loved getting to hear her belt out the high D at the end of "The Writing on the Wall" towards the end of the show.  I am so glad that she was finally nominated for a Tony Award for this role.  I felt that she deserved nominations for The Pirate Queen, a show that basically rested entirely on her shoulders, as well as 9 to 5. When they announced the nominees earlier this year I couldn't have been happier.  She was the nicest person ever at the stage door, and took time to take pictures and sign autographs for everyone that wanted them.  She is a class act all the way, and she will have a 50 year career in this business.

Block in The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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