BWW TV: Fashionista Friday: Michael James Scott and Stephanie J. Block!
HAIR's Michael James Scott's love for fashion has been in his life for a very long time. "Style" and "Fashion" isn't the first thing that might come to peoples minds when they think about theatre, but the talented actor is on a mission to change that and bring it to the forefront. Look for more 'Fashionista Fridays' every month here on BWW TV!
With the madness of opening nights and awards season upon us, Michael jumped aboard BWW TV to show you what it takes to look "red carpet ready!" He explains: "This first segment is with a dear friend of mine, Ms. Stephanie J. Block. We did The Pirate Queen together and we both have a love for fashion and style. It was one of the many things that we bonded over. I thought she would be the perfect person to help launch a BWW TV Style Segment! We wanted to show you the many things that go into picking out a dress for the opening of a new show. We had a blast picking one out and we all know she looked amazing on Opening Night! Stayed tuned for more FASHION, STYLE, and FIERCENESS right here on BWW TV!"
9 To 5: The Musical star Stephanie J. Block will release her debut CD, "This Place I Know" on Tuesday, June 2nd on the PS Classics label. The CD is now available to purchase on iTunes. "This Place I Know" features Block joined by the collected songs' composers, including Stephen Schwartz, Marvin Hamlisch, Dolly Parton, Stephen Flaherty, Deborah Abramson, Scot Alan, Zina Goldrichand Marcy Heisler, Andrew Lippa, Paul Loesel, Steve Marzullo, and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Some of the songs on the cd are, "Something Beautiful" with Stephen Flaherty; "Making Good" with Stephen Schwartz; "Smart Women" (cut from Imaginary Friends) with Marvin Hamlisch; "I Will Always Love You" with Dolly Parton.
Stephanie stars in 9 TO 5 after coming straight from playing the role of Elphaba in the Broadway Company of WICKED. Audiences may also recognize her for her portrayal asGrace O'Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN and Liza Minnelli opposite Hugh Jackman in THE BOY FROM OZ. Stephanie also starred in the First Nat'l Touring Company of WICKED as Elphaba for which she won the 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress. Her voice can be heard on a number of cast recordings as well as numerous commercial jingles. She is a proud member of The Musical Theatre Guild and has been a member of Actors' Equity since 1995. For more information visit, www.stephaniejblock.com.
Michael James Scott a native of Orlando, Florida has been doing the performing thing since he was a little boy. On Broadway he has been seen in Mamma Mia, All Shook Up, The Pirate Queen, Disney's Tarzan and currently the revival of HAIR. Off Broadway he was featured in Here's to Joe Opposite Donna McKechnie and was part of the concert cast of Jerry Springer, the Opera at Carnegie Hall. He had the esteemed pleasure of being the standby for Ben Vereen in the International tour of Fosse and eventually took over the role for Mr. Vereen. He was part of the opening cast of Jersey Boys in Las Vegas and for the past 2 years he has sung with the critically acclaimed group 'The Broadway Boys' having done concerts and benefits all over the east coast including the famous Birdland Jazz club. His dance background extends back to the Southern Ballet Company and the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida where he studied with the legendary Gwen Verdon, Ben Vereen, Gregory Hinds and Ann Reinking who he also assisted. He has taught numerous Master Classes in Dance around the country and is a BFA graduate of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University.