Stephanie J. Block (born September 19, 1972 in Brea, California) is an American actress and singer.
She is best known for her work on the Broadway stage, in numerous musicals such as The Boy from Oz, The Pirate Queen, Wicked, 9 to 5 and Anything Goes. She most recently played the title role in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2012 revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which opened on Broadway in October.
Throughout her career Block has been nominated for a Tony Award, three Drama Desk Awards and a Drama League Award, appeared on numerous cast recordings, and also released a solo album through PS Classics in June 2009. Her vocal range is mezzo-soprano.
Block started her professional musical theater career with regional theater, appearing in many productions including Funny Girl, Crazy for You, Oliver!, James Joyce's The Dead and Bells Are Ringing. Block was additionally the original Belle in the Disneyland production of Beauty and the Beast and did voice work for numerous commercials, including the singing voice of Barbie.
In early 2000 Block read the part of Elphaba in the first reading of the new musical Wicked. After a few months of reading she was replaced by Idina Menzel, a decision that left Block devastated, but accepting of the decision that had been made to cast a more experienced performer in the role. She was Menzel's understudy in the San Francisco world premiere in 2003, but left the show prior to opening on Broadway when she was offered a lead role in a new Broadway musical based on the life of Peter Allen, The Boy from Oz. Block debuted on Broadway in 2003, playing the role of Liza Minnelli opposite Hugh Jackman's Peter Allen in show. The show received mixed reviews, but proved to be a hit with audiences playing on Broadway for close to a year. The musical received several Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Musical.Stephanie J Block with Stephen Oremus, with whom she worked in Wicked.
In spring 2005, Block originated the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked. She was awarded both the 2006 Helen Hayes Award and the 2007 Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Non-Resident Production for this role. Block received great reviews for a show-stopping performance. After performing with the tour for a year Block left the production in March 2006 and was replaced by Julia Murney.
In 2007 Block was seen in the title role of the new Broadway musical The Pirate Queen. The music was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Block was praised by critics, such as Ben Brantley from The New York Times, for giving a "truly felt, realistic, performance". She also received a nomination for a Drama League Award for her performance. Plagued by insufficient ticket sales and harsh reviews, the show opened in April and barely played for two months at the Hilton Theatre, closing in June.
Later that year Block reprised the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway beginning October 9, 2007 where she replaced Julia Murney. She left the production after eight months on June 15, 2008 and was succeeded by Kerry Ellis.
Block starred alongside Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, and Marc Kudisch in the new musical adaptation of the 1980 film 9 to 5. The production was directed by Joe Mantello, with music written by Dolly Parton. The show opened on Broadway in April 2009 at the Marquis Theatre and closed in September 2009. Block starred as Judy Bernly, the frazzled divorcée, the role played by Jane Fonda in the film. For this role Block was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
In 2009, Block released her debut album through PS Classics entitled This Place I Know. Although the album failed to chart, it was a hit with critics with some hailing it as the best album that has come out of the Broadway community in some time.
More recently Block has done some concert work in several West End theatres in London. In February 2010 she did a concert at the New Players Theatre in London.
Block was seen as Grizabella in the Municipal Opera Production production of Cats, which ran from July 19 – 25, 2010. Block also starred as Sonia Walsk alongside Jason Alexander in the Reprise Theatre Company's production of They're Playing Our Song, which played at the UCLA Freud Playhouse for two weeks from September 28 - October 10, 2010.
Block recently made her off-Broadway debut as Gloria Mitchell in the play By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage alongside Karen Olivo, and David Garrison. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark played at Second Stage Theatre through June 12, 2011. Entertainment Weekly wrote that Block's performance in the show was, "terrifically over-the-top." She also received a nomination for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play.
Block starred as Reno Sweeney in the Broadway revival of Anything Goes first playing the role for three weeks in November 2011 while Sutton Foster was away filming a pilot episode. She also performed with co-star Colin Donnell on the 2011 CBS Thanksgiving Day Parade. Block returned to the role on March 15, 2012 as Foster left the production permanently on March 11. She remained with the show until its closure on July 8, 2012.
Stephanie most recently performed the lead role in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood alongside her dog, Macaco. For this role, Block was nominated for another Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical and also received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Personal life 
Block was born on September 19, 1972, and has one sister, Renée. She was raised Catholic. Block grew up in Brea, California and attended St. Angela Merici School in Brea and an all-girls Catholic private school, Rosary High School, in Fullerton, California for her secondary education. She finished up her high school years at Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. Block married actor Sebastian Arcelus on October 25, 2007. Arcelus starred alongside Block in the First National Tour of Wicked as the Fiyero replacement from January to October 2006, and again on Broadway from October to December 2007. They have a dog, a Yorkie/Maltese mix named Macaco.