• Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014

    Acclaimed Broadway Performers Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells Replace Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in New York Pops Performance on March 21

    Program Information
    Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
    Stephanie J. Block, Guest Artist
    Andrew Rannells, Guest Artist

    Sponsored by KPMG LLP

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Earle S. Altman in support of the 2013-2014 season.

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    Carnegie Hall today announced that Tony Award-nominated Broadway performers Stephanie J. Block (Wicked, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, and 9 to 5: The Musical) and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, HBO’s Girls, and NBC’s The New Normal) will step in for Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, performing with Steven Reineke and The New York Pops on Friday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Mazzie and Mr. Danieley must regrettably cancel their duo appearance due to a scheduling conflict following Ms. Mazzie’s casting as Helen in the Broadway production of Bullets Over Broadway. The updated program will feature Rannells and Block singing hits from Broadway’s most unforgettable shows of past and present.

    About the Artists
    Stephanie J. Block
    has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She is most recently starred as Sheryl Hoover in Second Stage Theatre's Little Miss Sunshine written by James Lapine and William Finn. She received both a Drama Desk and Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Alice Nutting / Edwin Drood in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Additional Broadway credits include Reno Sweeney in the 2011 Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes, and 9 to 5: The Musical playing the role of Judy Bernly for which she earned a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She created the roles of Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen and Liza Minnelli in The Boy from Oz opposite Hugh Jackman. Ms. Block is best known for her portrayal as Elphaba in the Broadway company of Wicked. She also originated the role in the first national tour, for which she won numerous awards, including the prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

    Ms. Block has sung with numerous symphony orchestras including The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops, among many others. Her solo concerts have been critically acclaimed and continue to sell out throughout the US and in London. Ms. Block’s debut album, This Place I Know, was released in 2009 (PS Classics).

    Tony Award-nominated actor Andrew Rannells is best known for his breakout role as Elder Price in Broadway's smash hit musical The Book of Mormon, which was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame along with Robert Lopez of Avenue Q.The Book of Mormon received nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and on the 2011 Tony Awards telecast, Rannells brought down the house with his performance of "I Believe." For his work in The Book of Mormon, Rannells received Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League award nominations. He also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album for the cast recording of The Book of Mormon. Variety called his performance "the brightest of a uniformly fine cast," and Entertainment Weekly noted Rannells as "a breakout star." Previously, he was seen on Broadway as Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys, having played the role on the first national tour and in the Toronto Company as well. Rannells also played Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray, and starred as Bryan in Ryan Murphy's The New Normal on NBC. Currently, Rannells can be seen on HBO's series Girls, from producers Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow, and he made his big screen debut last year in Leslye Headland's Bachelorette. Rannells is a native of Omaha, Nebraska.
    Ticket Information
    Tickets, priced at $34
    –$ 120, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.
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