Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block (Co-Host, Producer), Marylee Fairbanks (Co-Host, Producer), and iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Broadway, announced that the established podcast Stages Podcast, will now join the iHeartRadio Podcast Network and will be featured on iHeartRadioBroadway.com starting today.
Stages Podcast connects with performers, artists, and healers to explore creativity and the way it sustains us in each stage of life. In each episode, Block and Fairbanks connect with friends and colleagues from Broadway and the global stage to discuss the roadblocks, choices, failures, and successes that lead to unexpected avenues of expression.
“I’m thrilled to welcome the Stages Podcast to not only the iHeart Podcast Network but also iHeartRadio Broadway,” said SJ Arnegger, Director for iHeartRadio Broadway. “The honest and open conversations that Stephanie and Marylee have with their guests and friends is truly remarkable and I sincerely believe that they have a gift for creating a warm and beautiful environment for the Broadway and entertainment community to be part of through this podcast.”
Stages Podcast launched on August 1, 2021, and has since earned more than 80,000 downloads. The podcast has welcomed Award-winning artists including Jason Alexander, LaChanze, Megan Hilty, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Daniel Pink, Danny Burstein, Annaleigh Ashford, Donna Murphy, James Lapine, and dozens more. Follow @stages_podcast on Instagram, @StagesPodcast on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.stagespodcast.net.
“Marylee and I became friends 30 years ago, when we shared a dressing room and bonded over life's joys, heartaches, and lessons,” said Block. “When the theater industry shut down, we started talking about creativity and how it can sustain us through challenges, and we realized how meaningful these candid conversations could be with others. This led to the creation of Stages Podcast.”
”Stages Podcast is the perfect example of how something wonderful can grow from a challenging time when creativity is at the forefront,” said Fairbanks. “Our mission is to connect in a meaningful way with our guests, that have ranged from gorilla doctors in Africa, to healers, to performers and composers. Everyone’s life path is unique and after being so disconnected and isolated over the last few years, we seek to understand each other more deeply. We have accomplished so much with our team of four over the past two seasons of the podcast, and we are thrilled to continue to grow and share through our partnership with iHeartRadio.”
Visit iHeart.com/apps or iHeartRadioBroadway.com to download and listen to Stages Podcast on your favorite devices.
Stephanie J. Block is one the most established and versatile voices in contemporary musical theater. She made her Broadway debut in 2003 and has starred in 12 Broadway & off-Broadway shows since. These performances have garnered her three Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. She holds the honor of winning the 2019 Tony, Drama Desk, & Outer Critics Awards for Leading Actress in a Musical for playing “Cher” in The Cher Show. She currently stars as "The Baker’s Wife" in the acclaimed Broadway production of Into The Woods and continues on a limited-engagement tour with the Broadway production in February 2023. She steps into the role of "Norma Desmond" in Sunset Boulevard with the Kennedy Center’s "Broadway Center Stage" series, running February 1-8, 2023. Stephanie is a soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. They include the NY Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Pops. Her solo concert received acclaim throughout the U.S and London. Stephanie's critically acclaimed solo album, This Place I know, is on all music platforms. She is a television actress featured in Orange Is The New Black, Madam Secretary, Rise, and Homeland. She has recently become a "bicoastal broad". She lives in California and Cape Cod, MA, with her husband, actor Sebastian Arcelus, and their daughter, Vivi. www.stephaniejblock.com
Marylee Fairbanks is a performer, producer, writer. She is an investor in the Broadway smash, Kimberly Akimbo and recently founded Tima Productions with Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple). They are committed to producing new works from around the world. She performed in the first American company of Ragtime in Los Angeles and in the longest running off-Broadway play in history, I love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She writes for Gaiam Yoga, The Elephant Journal, LA & Boston Yoga Magazine, Bliss.com and Life As A Human Magazine. Her essays explore yoga, but focus on her experiences as a mother, and the ways her son helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and founder of Chakras Yoga. Marylee lives on a farm in Massachusetts with her husband Michael, an author and biotech executive, and their son, Seb. www.maryeegfairbanks.com