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February 18, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It didn't take long for Stephanie J. Block to show off her pipes. At 3, when most kids are just learning to string together complete sentences, Block entertained her family by singing TV commercials in the living room. "It kind of scared my parents, mainly because I was singing so on-pitch," Block recalled. "It was like I was the one on TV doing the commercial. I'd belt it, I mean I'd really be selling it." At 24, Block is still belting it, but now it's to a larger audience.
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July 16, 2008 | Diane Haithman
When applied to a new musical, the phrase "pre-Broadway" is sometimes wishful thinking -- but for the world premiere of "9 to 5, the Musical," the Ahmanson Theatre's 2008-09 season opener, it's now official: The show, with book by Patricia Resnick based on the 1980 movie and featuring original music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, will open April 23, 2009, at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre. Last August, Parton said in an in-studio interview on L.A. radio station KKGO-FM (105.1) that the musical, produced by Robert Greenblatt, would open on Broadway in spring 2009, but no date or theater had been set. Details of the Broadway opening were announced Tuesday to the show's cast and crew in New York, where "9 to 5" has begun rehearsals for its Sept.
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July 16, 2008 | Diane Haithman
When applied to a new musical, the phrase "pre-Broadway" is sometimes wishful thinking -- but for the world premiere of "9 to 5, the Musical," the Ahmanson Theatre's 2008-09 season opener, it's now official: The show, with book by Patricia Resnick based on the 1980 movie and featuring original music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, will open April 23, 2009, at Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre. Last August, Parton said in an in-studio interview on L.A. radio station KKGO-FM (105.1) that the musical, produced by Robert Greenblatt, would open on Broadway in spring 2009, but no date or theater had been set. Details of the Broadway opening were announced Tuesday to the show's cast and crew in New York, where "9 to 5" has begun rehearsals for its Sept.
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February 18, 1997 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It didn't take long for Stephanie J. Block to show off her pipes. At 3, when most kids are just learning to string together complete sentences, Block entertained her family by singing TV commercials in the living room. "It kind of scared my parents, mainly because I was singing so on-pitch," Block recalled. "It was like I was the one on TV doing the commercial. I'd belt it, I mean I'd really be selling it." At 24, Block is still belting it, but now it's to a larger audience.
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July 30, 2009 | David Ng
The working girls of Broadway's "9 to 5: The Musical" got their pink slip notices Wednesday when the show's producers announced that the Tony-nominated production will close on Sept. 6 after playing for 148 performances. But the musical, which features songs by Dolly Parton, will get a second life when the national tour kicks off in -- where else? -- Nashville in September 2010. "9 to 5" had its world premiere in September 2008 at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. before transferring to Broadway's Marriott Marquis Theatre in April.
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May 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Stephanie J. Block, who played Liza Minnelli on Broadway in "The Boy From Oz" and starred in L.A. as Elphaba, the green witch, in a touring production of "Wicked," has landed one of next season's plum roles on Broadway: the title character in "The Pirate Queen," a lavish new musical by the team that created "Les Miserables" and "Miss Saigon." Block will play Grace O'Malley, the legendary Irish lass who was the scourge of Elizabethan England and beyond. Linda Balgord will portray Elizabeth I.
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February 14, 2013 | By David Ng
Banana Joe, the lovable affenpinscher who won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Tuesday, has chosen Broadway for a victory lap.  The pooch was scheduled to make a cameo appearance Wednesday evening in the Broadway revival of the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at Studio 54. He was to fill in the role normally played by Macaco, the dog held by actress Stephanie J. Block in the show. Banana Joe's theater career was scheduled to last for only one performance. "Drood," which is very loosely based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens, is produced by the Roundabout Theatre Co. The ending is determined by an audience vote as to who is guilty.
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September 11, 2008 | LISA FUNG
After two postponements due to "technical demands," the curtain finally rose Tuesday night on previews for "9 to 5: The Musical," where audience members received an unexpected treat -- a mini-concert by Dolly Parton. Parton, of course, penned the music and lyrics for the original 1980 hit film as well as the new musical, now in its pre-Broadway run at the Ahmanson Theatre. The country singer made a surprise appearance, talking up the show beforehand and warning the audience that the performance might stop a few times, as is typical during previews for complicated productions.
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October 17, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
When the curtain goes down Sunday on the pre-Broadway run of "9 to 5: The Musical" at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown L.A., audiences won't have to say goodbye to Megan Hilty. Twelve days later, she'll return to "Wicked" at the Pantages in Hollywood. Hilty, who plays Doralee, the bubbly secretary in "9 to 5," had an earlier run in the local "Wicked" production, starring as Glinda opposite Eden Espinosa as Elphaba. Now the two are reteaming from Oct. 31 through Jan. 11, when "Wicked" ends its L.A. run. And after that?
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January 26, 2005 | Don Shirley
"Wicked" will wing its way into Los Angeles in June as part of the Broadway/L.A. season. The touring version of the Broadway hit about the formative years of the Wizard of Oz witches will play the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, June 17 through July 17. Stephanie J. Block is expected to play Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch, while Kendra Kassebaum is slated for the role of Glinda.
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March 10, 1998 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities has its hands full. The company recently dumped its artistic director, and it just announced an upcoming series of shows at Hermosa Civic Theatre, besides its ongoing series of musicals in the much larger Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Still, the group found the time and resources to put on a very entertaining "Guys and Dolls" at the Redondo Beach venue.
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November 3, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
A young American woman helps a thousand refugees from the Nazis enter the U.S.--and stay. A miniseries--or a musical? The miniseries "Haven" was on CBS in February. Now comes the musical "Haven," which opened Thursday at Gindi Auditorium at the University of Judaism. The musical inherently sacrifices the realism that location shooting and a big-budget provided for the miniseries. But the music and dance should bring their own values to the story.
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