"Blow, Gabriel, Blow"! Stephanie J. Block Taps Her Way into Broadway's Anything Goes Nov. 4

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Stephanie J. Block joins the Tony Award-winning revival of Cole Porter's Anything Goes Nov. 4 for a limited engagement as Reno Sweeney while Sutton Foster, who won a Tony Award for her performance, films a television pilot.

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

And, yes, Block will be dancing all of Kathleen Marshall's Tony-winning choreography. Block, who earned a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her most recent Broadway outing in 9 to 5: The Musical, recently told Playbill.com that she will be performing the same vocal and dance arrangements as Foster. "The only thing that we've adjusted is that I do not do the splits in 'The Gypsy in Me,'" Block said. "Other than that, nothing's been modified."

Block, who will play Reno opposite the Moonface Martin of Joel Grey through Nov. 22, added that she had "seen the production months ago and was in awe of the entire magnitude and how quickly paced and how clean and brisk and beautiful the whole production is. And then, of course, seeing the Anything Goes eight-minute tap number on the Tonys, your jaw drops and you go, 'Wow! That's amazing.' And, Sutton does have this remarkable talent of making kind of a mammoth role look surprisingly easy, and it's big. I'm going to use that word again—it's a mammoth role—especially with these beautiful dance numbers that Kathleen has put together."

Marshall also directed the production, which won three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Stephanie J. Block, who made her Broadway debut as Liza Minnelli opposite the Peter Allen of Hugh Jackman, also portrayed Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked and Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Meet Vera Stark, and her regional credits include Funny Girl, Crazy for You (L.A. Ovation Award nomination), Oliver (Critics Award, Best Actress) and James Joyce's The Dead.

The Anything Goes cast currently features John McMartin as "Elisha Whitney," Kelly Bishop as "Evangeline Harcourt," Colin Donnell as "Billy Crocker," Adam Godley as "Lord Evelyn Oakleigh," Erin Mackey as "Hope Harcourt," Jessica Stone as "Erma," Walter Charles as "Captain," Robert Creighton as "Purser," Andrew Cao as "Luke," and Raymond J. Lee as "John."Additional cast members include Clyde Alves, Ward Billeisen, Margot De La Barre, Daniel J. Edwards, Kimberly Fauré, Josh Franklin, Justin Greer, Tari Kelly, Michelle Loucadoux, Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Adam Perry, Hayley Podschun, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Vanessa Sonon, Anthony Wayne, Kristen Beth Williams. Anything Goes plays the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street). A new block of tickets recently went on sale through April 29, 2012.

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