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BWW TV: Welcome Aboard Stephanie J. Block; First Look at the Star in ANYTHING GOES

As previously reported, Stephanie J. Block will join the Tony® Award winning company of Anything Goes performing the role of "Reno Sweeney" while Sutton Foster is filming the television pilot, Bunheads, for 3 weeks beginning tonight, November 4. Block will fill the famed tap shoes though November 22. BroadwayWorld caught up with Block this week and was treated to a sneak peek of the star in costume as "Reno".  Below, we give you glimpse!

Directed and choreographed by 2011 Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, Stephanie J. Block will step into the role opposite Joel Grey as "Moonface Martin."

Stephanie J. Block was most recently seen on Broadway in 9 To 5: The Musical. Her portrayal of "Judy Bernly" earned her a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She is best known for her portrayal as "Elphaba" in the Broadway company of Wicked and for creating the roles of "Grace O'Malley" in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz (opposite Hugh Jackman).

Anything Goes is currently playing on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre (124 West 43rd Street). A new block of tickets recently went on-sale through April 29th, 2012.

Music & lyrics by Cole Porter; original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; New book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman.

The creative team includes Bill Elliott (Additional Orchestrations), Rob Fisher (Musical Director) and David Chase (Dance Arranger). The design team includes Derek McLane (Sets), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (Lights) and Brian Ronan (Sound).

The 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, Joyce Chittick, Daniel J. Edwards, Kimberly Fauré, Josh Franklin, Justin Greer, Tari Kelly, Michelle Lookadoo, Shina Ann Morris, Linda Mugleston, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Adam Perry, Hayley Podschun, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Anthony Wayne, Kristen Beth Williams.

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Jessica has worked in theater for nearly ten years. She has worked in theatrical production for the producers of STOMP, DAMN YANKEES, NUNSENSE, DINNER WITH FRIENDS and more, and for over 5 years has been involved in the Whoopi Goldberg-produced White Noise, having discovered the production at the 2006 New York Musical Theatre Festival. She has since helped foster its growth through multiple large-scale workshops and two major commercial productions as an Associate Producer. After dedicating many years to theatrical and live entertainment production work that has taken her all over the world in 2009 she assumed the post of Senior Managing Editor at BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theater site on the net, for which she controls operations, routinely interviews Broadway's A-list talent and films/edits a bulk of the sites popular BWW TV content. She is a graduate of Brown University and has worked professionally in production for the Brown University Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance, Rights and Reasons Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop and more.