Parton Joins 9 to 5's Block on Debut Solo Recording, "This Place I Know"

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Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dolly Parton duets with 9 to 5: The Musical co-star Stephanie J. Block on the Parton classic "I Will Always Love You," one of 13 tracks on Block's debut solo recording, "This Place I Know," due in stores in June on the PS Classics label.

Produced by its music director, Dominick Amendum, the new CD will arrive in stores June 2; iTunes will feature the recording beginning May 12.

In addition to Parton, the disc also boasts an array of award-winning 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 expect songs by Deborah Abramson, Scott Alan, Zina Goldrich, Marcy Heisler, Andrew Lippa, Paul Loesel, Steve Marzullo and Claude-Michel Schonberg.

In the liner notes for "This Place I Know," Block says, "Hearing a composer play their own music is an extraordinary experience... one that is very personal. It's almost like you are listening in on a secret. I wanted to bring that experience to the recording studio. I asked some of my favorite composers and lyricists to not only lend me their music, but to perform with me on this album."

The complete track listing follows:

  • "Something Beautiful" (with Stephen Flaherty)
  • "One Day" (with Andrew Lippa)
  • "I Will Always Love You" (duet with Dolly Parton)
  • "Gotta Start Small" (with Deborah Abramson)
  • "15 Pounds (Away From My Love)" (with Zina Goldrich & Marcy Heisler)
  • "Never Neverland (Fly Away)" (with Scott Alan)
  • "The Hardest Part of Love" (with Steve Marzullo)
  • "Invention" (with Paul Loesel)
  • "Making Good" (with Stephen Schwartz)
  • "Because I Am a Wife" (with Claude-Michel Schonberg)
  • "Smart Women" (with Marvin Hamlisch)
  • "The Human Heart" (with Stephen Flaherty)
  • "Life Starts Clapping" (with Paul Loesel) 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.

    PS Classics, which was founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker and Philip Chaffin, is "dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song." For more information visit

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