Alice Ripley

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Alice Ripley
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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). She has also performed in many plays, including 2013's Clybourne Park at the Long Wharf Theatre. Ripley was most recently seen in the Seattle, Washington production of the musical, Carrie.[1]

Ripley recently wrapped shooting on the feature film, Muckland, written by Matthew George and directed by Charlie Polinger. Ripley stars opposite Kathleen Chalfant in the feature film, Isn't It Delicious,[2] 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.[3]

Ripley has also written and produced albums with her band, RIPLEY. The single, "Beautiful Eyes", was released in February 2012[4] and the accompanying music video in April 2012.

As a solo artist, Ripley has been presenting her show, "Ripley Reflects", regularly at the cabaret/concert venue, 54 Below.[5] 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.[6]

Current endeavors[edit]

  • "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"[7]
  • Feb. 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm: Ripley performs at the Cabaret Awards Show at Joe's Pub.[8]
  • Feb. 2, 2014: "Ripley Reflects". Ripley performed her concert a fifth time at 54 Below.[10][11] "Ripley Reflects" brings a brilliantly-crafted sampling of songs from shows in which Ripley was an original Broadway cast member (The Who's Tommy, Side Show, Rocky Horror Show, Next to Normal, and more), as well as a healthy serving of melodies that cover a wide range of genres (rock, pop, folk, jazz), including her own original tunes (albums: Everything's Fine, RIPLEY, and Outtasite). Ripley is accompanied by pianist, Jessica Means.


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), Isn't It Delicious (2013), and Muckland (post-production).


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 Cast Recordings[edit]

  • Next to Normal (2009, Sh-K-Boom)
  • Little Fish (2007, Ghostlight)
  • 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)


  1. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Tony Winner Alice Ripley and Keaton Whittaker Sing From Carrie", June 14, 2013
  2. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Dark Comedy Isn't It Delicious, With Alice Ripley, Kathleen Chalfant, Robert LuPone, Screened at Manhattan Film Fest", June 23, 2013
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Trailer for Sing Along Musical Film, With Alice Ripley and Heidi Blickenstaff, Released", Feb. 25, 2013
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Beautiful Eyes,' New Single From Tony Winner Alice Ripley, Now Available on iTunes", Feb. 28, 2012
  5. ^ 54 Below. "54 Below Presents Tony Award winner Alice Ripley in an Intimate Solo Concert, "Ripley Reflects," Sept. 19 at 9:30 pm", Aug. 31, 2013
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Ripley's Acoustic Album Daily Practice Hits Stores Feb. 15", Feb. 15, 2011
  7. ^ "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". 2011. 
  8. ^ Hanks, Stephen. "Alice Ripley, Jackie Hoffman and Special Honorees Carole J. Bufford and Marissa Mulder Set to Appear at BWW Cabaret Awards Show at Joe's Pub, 2/23", Jan. 30, 2014
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Alice Ripley, Joshua Henry, Keala Settle, Erin Davie, Emily Padgett and More Perform Music of Henry Krieger at the Allen Room Feb. 13", Feb. 13, 2014
  10. ^ 54 Below. "Alice Ripley returns to 54 Below with "Ripley Reflects", Aug. 31, 2013
  11. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alice Ripley in Rehearsal For 54 Below Gig", Aug 3, 2013
  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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