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.
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:
"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 www.psclassics.com.