Tony-winner Sutton Foster departed the hit production of ANYTHING GOES yesterday, March 11th to begin filming ABC Family's new drama series BUNHEADS. Stephanie J. Block returns as "Reno Sweeney" to the 2011 Tony® Award winning musical comedy on March 15, 2012. Check out the new show art featuring the new leading lady below!
Anything Goes has won the following Awards: three Tony® Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster) and Best Choreography (Kathleen Marshall); five Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Choreographer of a Musical (Kathleen Marshall), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Set Design (Derek McLane) and Outstanding Sound Design (Brian Ronan); four Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Choreographer of a Musical (Kathleen Marshall), Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Sutton Foster), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Adam Godley); A Drama League Award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer on Broadway (Sutton Foster).
Stephanie J. Block (Reno Sweeney) has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently starred in the premiere of Lynn Nottage’s play By The Way, Meet Vera Stark at Second Stage. She is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked and for creating the roles of Judy Bernly in 9 To 5: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Grace O’Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman). Stephanie also originated the starring role of Elphaba in the First National Touring Company of Wicked for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony and the Cleveland Pops among many others. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed and continues to sell out throughout the US and in London. Some of her Off-Broadway and regional theatrical credits include They're Playing Our Song (starring opposite Jason Alexander), Funny Girl, Cats (St Louis' Kevin Kline Award Nominee- Best Actress), Crazy For You (L.A. Ovation Award Nominee), Oliver (Critics Award-Best Actress), James Joyce's The Dead, Triumph Of Love, The Grass Harp, South Pacific, Will Rogers Follies and the World Premiere of Wicked. Stephanie's solo album, This Place I Know has been received with great praise, lauded by critics as "One of the best debut recordings to come out of the Broadway community in quite some time... 6 out of 5 stars". An array of award-winning songwriters assembled to help interpret their music on Stephanie's album. Composers such as Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch and the legendary Dolly Parton join forces with Ms. Block to create a thrilling musical experience. Stephanie's voice can be heard on multiple cast recordings, including The Boy From Oz, The Pirate Queen, Wicked's 5th Anniversary Album and 9 To 5: The Musical (Grammy Nomination). www.stephaniejblock.com.