Meet the 2017 Tony Awards Nominees: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
It's Tony Awards season! With so many beautiful and powerful performances, I thought it would be fun to learn a little bit more about the nominees in each category and their journey leading up to the big night on June 11th.
1st up: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
Meet Kate Baldwin
Hometown: Evanston, Illinois
Training: Northwestern University
Big Break: A career filled with both Broadway and regional theatre credits, Kate made her Broadway debut in "The Full Monty" (2000), followed by "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (2002), "Wonderful Town" (2003),"Finian's Rainbow" (2009; Tony nomination), and "Big Fish" (2013).
Fun Fact: Kate has had a life-long love of Bette Midler. At 13, she performed “The Rose” at her middle school talent show. At Northwestern, one of her musical theatre technique class assignments was to choose a song and lip-sing to it. She chose “The Glory of Love.” When she was asked to audition for “Rent,” she went to her go-to diva’s songbook for an audition song and chose “The Song of Bernadette.”
Meet Stephanie J. Block
Hometown: Brea, California