Stephanie J. Block Will Join Jason Alexander for Reprise Song; New Tune Added

By Andrew Gans
25 Aug 2010

Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block
Photo by Bill Westmoreland

Broadway favorite Stephanie J. Block, most recently seen on Broadway in 9 to 5, will join the previously announced Jason Alexander for Reprise Theatre Company's upcoming production of Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager and Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song.

Tony nominee Lonny Price will direct the production, which will run Sept. 28-Oct. 10 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.

They're Playing Our Song features a score by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and a book by Neil Simon. The musical, according to press notes, is described as such: "When Vernon Gersch (Jason Alexander), an established and wisecracking composer, takes on the kooky and offbeat lyricist Sonia Walsk (Stephanie J. Block) as his new collaborator, their initial match is a professional success but a personal disaster. Together, the two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain."

The Reprise staging will feature a new song written for the production by Hamlisch and Sager. Two other Hamlisch-Sager songs will be added: "One Hello," which was the theme of the film of Neil Simon's "I Ought to be in Pictures," and "If You Remember Me," from the film "The Champ"; the latter was used in the national tour of Song. All three songs will be orchestrated by Larry Blank, the original music director of the show.



The upcoming production will be choreographed by Joshua Rhodes with musical direction by Bruce Kiesling.

They're Playing Our Song opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre in 1979; it received four Tony nominations, including one for Best Musical. Song titles include "I Still Believe in Love," "Just for Tonight," "If He really Knew Me," "Working it Out," "Falling" and the title tune.

For ticket information visit www.reprise.org.