9 to 5 Star Block to Return to Birdland July 13

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Stephanie J. Block, who co-stars in the new musical 9 to 5, will celebrate the debut of her solo recording "This Place I Know" July 13 at Birdland.
Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block Photo by Bill Westmoreland

As on the CD, Block will gather an array of award-winning musical theatre songwriters to join her onstage. Show time is 7 PM.

Block's recording, now available on the PS Classics label, was produced by its music director, Dominick Amendum. The disc features a mix of musical theatre songwriters: Composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime) accompanies Block for the recording premiere of "Something Beautiful"; Stephen Schwartz assumes the piano on "Making Good," a song cut from Wicked; and Marvin Hamlisch not only accompanies but arranges his own "Smart Women," which was cut from the play with music Imaginary Friends. Also, 9 to 5's Dolly Parton joins Block for a new arrangement of "I Will Always Love You."

In addition to 9 to 5, Stephanie J. Block was seen on Broadway in the musical The Pirate Queen. The singing actress also created the role of Liza Minnelli in the Peter Allen biomusical The Boy From Oz, and she portrayed Elphaba in the national tour of Wicked, earning a Helen Hayes Award for her performance. She later repeated that role on Broadway. Block's regional credits include Funny Girl, Crazy for You (L.A. Ovation Award nomination), Oliver (Critics Award, Best Actress) and James Joyce's The Dead.

Birdland is located in Manhattan at 315 West 44th Street. Tickets are priced $35 and $60 with a $10 food/drink minimum; call (212) 581-3080 or visit www.BirdlandJazz.com for reservations.

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