Alice Ripley

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Alice Ripley
Alice-Ripley 02.jpg
Born December 14, 1963
San Leandro, CA
Occupation actor, singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist
Awards 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical
2009 Helen Hayes Award for Best Actress in a Musical
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Alice Ripley is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist known for her various roles on Broadway in musicals, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal (2009 Tony Award, Best Actress in a Musical) and Side Show (1998 Tony nomination). Ripley was most recently seen in the Seattle, Washington production of the musical, Carrie.[1]

Ripley's new feature film, Sugar!, shoots this summer.[2] Her feature film, Muckland, is in post-production. Ripley stars opposite Kathleen Chalfant in the feature film, Isn't It Delicious,[3] which won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Rainier Independent Film Festival, Second Place at the Tupelo Film Festival, and Best Comedy at the Manhattan Film Festival. Ripley also stars in the 2013 short film, Sing Along.[4]

Ripley has also written and produced albums with her band, RIPLEY. The single, "Beautiful Eyes", was released in February 2012[5] and the accompanying music video in April 2012. More music can be heard on Ripley's Soundcloud.[6]

She performs as a solo artist, as well. Most recently, she performed her concert, "Alice Imagines", at the New York City venue, 54 Below.[7] In February 2011, Ripley and co-producer Sh-K-Boom Records released Alice Ripley Daily Practice, Volume 1, a stripped-down collection of acoustic rock covers with Ripley accompanying herself on guitar.[8]

Current endeavors[edit]

  • New independent feature music film, Sugar! (2015), written by Leora Kalish, directed by Shari Berman. Logline: "A housewife of a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate secretly forms an all-women rock band, turning her entire world upside down."
  • New independent feature film, Muckland (post-production), written by Matthew George and Charlie Polinger, directed by Polinger. Logline: "The film follows 21-year-old James Crawley as he returns to his hometown of Elba, New York after going off to college in Boston."
  • New concert, "Alice Imagines": June 1, 2014. 54 Below billed the show as: She’s taking 54 Below by storm! Following her recent sold out [concerts, Ripley Reflects], Tony winner Alice Ripley returns with a brand new show! In 'Alice Imagines', the multi-talented star of Broadway’s Next to Normal, Sunset Boulevard, The Who’s Tommy, Side Show and The Rocky Horror Show explores roles she’d love to play and why![9]
  • Alice Ripley music and monologues on Soundcloud[10]
  • The Songs of Harry Nilsson - reading of a new musical
  • Bright Lights, Big City - concert version
  • Tell Me on a Sunday - concert
  • Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber - concert
  • "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"[11] - from Daily Practice album
  • Keeghan's Kause - benefit concert
  • The Wonderful Mr. and Mrs. O'Leary - reading of a new play


Ripley went to DePauw University, majoring in Vocal Performance. She then transferred to Kent State University and received a BFA in Musical Theatre.


Early work[edit]

While at DePauw University and Kent State University, Ripley performed in numerous stage productions. Her first paid acting job was summer stock at the Red Barn Theatre in Frankfort, IN. Following college, she was active in community theatre in San Diego, CA, and subsequently received her Actor's Equity card at the La Jolla Playhouse through a production of Silent Edward, a musical written by Des McAnuff, who was Artistic Director of the La Jolla Playhouse at the time and who would later direct Ripley in her Broadway debut, The Who's Tommy.


In her 1993 debut, Ripley played a Local Lass and the Specialist's Assistant in the original cast of The Who's Tommy; she also understudied the role of Mrs. Walker. Broadway roles that followed were Betty Schaefer in Sunset Boulevard (1994), Bathsheba in King David (1997), Violet Hilton in Side Show (1997), Fantine in Les Misérables (1998), Molly Ivors in James Joyce's The Dead (2000), Janet Weiss in The Rocky Horror Show (2000), one of The Sweethearts in Dreamgirls, the concert (2001), and Diana Goodman in Next to Normal (2009). With the exception of Les Misérables, Ripley was part of the original casts.

Ripley's performance as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in Side Show earned her and her co-star Emily Skinner critical acclaim, a cult following, and a shared 1998 Tony Award nomination, making them the first to be co-nominated in a musical.[12] Ripley was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

From March 27, 2009 to July 18, 2010 at the Booth Theatre, Ripley starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning[13] Next to Normal, a performance which earned her the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[14]


Ripley's 2008 performance in Next to Normal (Second Stage Theatre) earned her Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations. Additional Off-Broadway roles include Nelly Bly in Cather County (1993, Playwrights Horizons), Daisy Mae in Li'l Abner (1998, New York City Center), various characters in The Vagina Monologues (2002, Westside Theatre), Olivia in Five Flights (2004, Rattlestick Theater), Marsha in Wild Animals You Should Know[15] (2011, MCC/Lucille Lortel Theater), and Mary Todd Lincoln, Lewis Payne, and other roles in A Civil War Christmas (2012, NYTW).

Regional theatre[edit]

Ripley's regional credits include Clybourne Park, Next to Normal at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award, Best Actress in a Musical, non-resident production), Little Shop of Horrors, Tell Me On A Sunday (Helen Hayes nomination), Company (Helen Hayes nomination), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Show Boat, Shakespeare in Hollywood (Helen Hayes nomination), The Baker's Wife, Sweeney Todd, and Carousel.

National tours[edit]

On tour, Ripley played Fantine in Les Misérables (1993–94). She reprised her role as Diana in Next to Normal, the U.S. Tour (Nov. 23, 2010 - July 30, 2011).[16]

RIPLEY, the band[edit]

Alice Ripley began writing songs in 1991 and formed her band, RIPLEY, in 2003, a self-produced trio with Ripley on guitar and vocals.


Ripley's films are The Adulterer (2000), Temptation (2004), Sing Along (2013 short), Isn't It Delicious (2013), Muckland (2014), and Sugar! (2015).


Ripley was most recently seen playing herself in the series finale of the TV comedy, 30 Rock.


Alice Ripley aka RIPLEYTHEBAND[edit]

  • "Beautiful Eyes" single (2012, self-produced)
  • Alice Ripley Daily Practice, Volume 1 (2011, Sh-K-Boom Records)
  • Outtasite (2006, Shellac)
  • RIPLEY EP (2003, Shellac)
  • Everything's Fine (2001, Ghostlight)

Original Broadway Cast Recordings[edit]

  • Next to Normal (2009, Sh-K-Boom)
  • Dreamgirls (2002, Nonesuch)
  • The Rocky Horror Show (2000, RCA Victor Broadway)
  • Side Show (1997, Sony Classical)
  • King David (1997, Walt Disney)
  • The Who's Tommy (1992, RCA Victor Broadway)

Original Cast Recording[edit]

  • Little Fish (2007, Ghostlight)


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Tony Winner Alice Ripley and Keaton Whittaker Sing From Carrie", June 14, 2013
  2. ^ McNary, Dave. "Alice Ripley, Robert Clohessy Heading for Sugar!", Dec. 5, 2013
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Dark Comedy Isn't It Delicious, With Alice Ripley, Kathleen Chalfant, Robert LuPone, Screened at Manhattan Film Fest", June 23, 2013
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Trailer for Sing Along Musical Film, With Alice Ripley and Heidi Blickenstaff, Released", Feb. 25, 2013
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Beautiful Eyes,' New Single From Tony Winner Alice Ripley, Now Available on iTunes", Feb. 28, 2012
  6. ^ Cerasaro, Pat. "Alice Ripley Releases New SoundCloud Song 'Miss America'", July 9, 2014
  7. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alice Ripley Will Return to 54 Below With All-New Program; Musical Theatre Project In the Works", May 19, 2014
  8. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Ripley's Acoustic Album Daily Practice Hits Stores Feb. 15", Feb. 15, 2011
  9. ^ 54 Below. "Tony winner Alice Ripley returns with a brand new show, 'Alice Imagines'", May 1, 2014
  10. ^ Cerasaro, Pat. "Alice Ripley Performs Scenes From WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?", July 10, 2014
  11. ^ "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tony Awards Archives - Facts & Trivia". 1998. Retrieved Sep 3, 2010. 
  13. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Next to Normal Wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama", Apr. 12, 2010
  14. ^ New York Times. "2009 Tony Award Winners" June 8, 2009
  15. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Catching Up with Wild Animals You Should Know Star Alice Ripley", Nov. 25, 2011
  16. ^ "National tour: News and Reviews", Nov. 30, 2011

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