WHO: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
WHAT: Addition of Broadway sensation Stephanie J Block to Bravo Broadway Wicked Divas!
WHEN: Friday February 18, 2011 & Saturday February 19, 2011 at 8 PM
WHERE: Abravanel Hall, 123 West South Temple, Salt Lake City. For tickets visit www.usuo.org
WHY: This very special program is sure to sell-out. Principle Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen will lead a star-studded cast in this evening filled with all your favorites from Wicked! Maestro Steichen has taken Utah by storm with his dedication to providing the very best in entertainment and talent for Utah audiences by bringing Broadway stars to the sing with the Utah Symphony. This will be a very special engagement, one for all Broadway enthusiasts to attend.
BIO: Stephanie has established herself as one of Broadway's most relevant and versatile leading ladies. She recently starred in 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL as Judy Bernly earning her a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Leading up to 9 TO 5, Stephanie found herself busy onstage as well as in the recording studio, starring as Elphaba in the Broadway Company of WICKED and recording her debut solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW. Other Broadway credits include originating the roles of Grace O’Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN and Liza Minnelli in THE BOY FROM OZ (opposite Hugh Jackman). She also starred in the First Nat'l Touring Company of WICKED as Elphaba for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress and the Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Some of her regional credits include FUNNY GIRL , 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.
Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras throughout United States. Her solo concert has been critically acclaimed in both NYC and in London. Stephanie's voice can be heard on the original cast recordings of THE BOY FROM OZ, THE PIRATE QUEEN and 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL (Grammy Nomination) and, of course her solo album, THIS PLACE I KNOW. She is a proud member of The Musical Theatre Guild and has been a member of Actors' Equity since 1995. "To my family, loved ones and my God - Thanks and Praise!"
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