Stephanie J. Block, Broadway star of 9 to 5: The Musical, Wicked, The Pirate Queen, and The Boy From Oz, will star opposite Jason Alexander, artistic director of Reprise Theatre Company, in They’re Playing Our Song, the opening production of the company’s 2010-2011 season, playing Sept. 28 to Oct. 10 (press opening September 29) at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.
The musical – with book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager – will feature a new song written for this production by Hamlisch and Sager. Two other Hamlisch-Sager songs will be added – “One Hello,” which was the theme of the film I Ought to be in Pictures and is new to They’re Playing Our Song, and If You Remember Me, from the film The Champ, which was used in the national tour of Song. All of these songs will be orchestrated by Larry Blank, the original music director of the show.
They’re Playing Our Song will be directed by Lonny Price, who was a Tony nominee for his direction of A Class Act and won an Emmy Award for his direction of the PBS televised New York Philharmonic staging of Sweeney Todd starring Patti LuPone and George Hearn. He directed the Audra McDonald 110 in the Shade on Broadway, and staged Camelot and Candide for the New York Philharmonic. Candide starred LuPone and Kristin Chenoweth, and was also broadcast on PBS. The production will be choreographed by Joshua Rhodes, with musical direction by Bruce Kiesling.