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 stage, film, and television actor, as well as a singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist. She is known, in particular, 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 can soon be seen starring in the Off-Broadway premiere of the musical, A Christmas Memory, based on the short story by Truman Capote. Performances begin November 25, 2014.[1]

Ripley just wrapped shooting on the short film, The Way I Remember It, which also stars Christine Ebersole. Ripley plays the lead in the new film, SUGAR!, which wrapped shooting in August. SUGAR! will feature a soundtrack with songs sung by Ripley (written by Graham Russell, Steve O'Reilly, and Joan Jett).[2] Ripley's film, Bear With Us, also wrapped in August, and another film, Muckland, comes out this year. Ripley stars in the 2013 short film, Sing Along.[3] Her 2011 feature film, Isn't It Delicious,[4] continues to make the rounds of the festival circuit, winning awards at the Rainier, Tupelo, and Manhattan film festivals.

Alice Ripley has written and produced albums with her band, RIPLEY. The single, "Beautiful Eyes", was released in February 2012.[5]

She performs as a solo artist, as well, most recently presenting two concert series, "Ripley Reflects" and "Alice Imagines", at the New York City venue, 54 Below.[6] 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.[7] Live recordings of original songs and covers, as well as monologues and podcasts, can be heard on Ripley's Soundcloud website.[8]

Recent endeavors[edit]

  • The Songs of Harry Nilsson - reading of a new musical
  • "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"[9] - from Daily Practice album


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.[10] 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[11] Next to Normal, a performance which earned her the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[12]


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[13] (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).[14]

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), Isn't It Delicious (2011), Sing Along (2013 short), Muckland (2014), Bear With Us (2015 short), SUGAR! (2015), and The Way I Remember It (tbd, short).


Ripley was recently seen on Blue Bloods and Royal Pains. She played 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)


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