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BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2013 Tony Nominees- DROOD's Stephanie J. Block and Will Chase on Weeping and Laughing Over Their Nominations

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tonys Meet & Greet on May 1, 2013, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you Will Chase and Stephanie J. Block , nominees for Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Check out what she had to say below!

Block has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently starred as Reno Sweeney in Roundabout's Anything Goes. She starred in the premiere of Lynn Nottage's play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Drama Desk nom) at Second Stage. She is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked and for creating the roles of Judy Bernly in 9 To 5: The Musical (Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical), Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz(opposite Hugh Jackman). Stephanie also originated the starring role of Elphaba in the First National Touring Company of Wicked for which she won the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

Chase was most recently seen as Michael Swift on the hit NBC show "Smash". Other television appearances include "Rescue Me", "Pan Am", "Unforgettable", "White Collar", "Royal Pains", "Blue Bloods", "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Cupid", "Conviction", "Third Watch", "One Life To Live", "Guiding Light", "All My Children" and "As The World Turns". Best known for his work on stage, he has appeared on Broadway in Rent, Miss Saigon, The Full Monty, Aida, Lennon, High Fidelity, The Story Of My Life, and Billy Elliot. He was also seen at New York City Center Encores! in Bells Are Ringing and most recently, Pipe Dream. Film credits include the upcoming Butterflies of Bill Baker, Four Single Fathers, Shaft, and Rent: Filmed Live On Broadway.

Directed by Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood featured choreography by Warren Carlyle and music direction by Paul Gemignani. The design team included Anna Louizos (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes),Brian Nason (lighting), Tony Meola (sound) and Paul Huntley(hair & wigs).

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BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2013 Tony Nominees- DROOD's Stephanie J. Block and Will Chase on Weeping and Laughing Over Their Nominations
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