Alice Ripley

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Alice Ripley
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Ripley in 2009
Born December 14th, 1963 (age 52)
San Leandro, California
Occupation Actress, 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
Website Official site

Alice Ripley is an American actress, 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. She most recently played three roles in the short-lived Broadway musical, American Psycho.[1] Alice Ripley has released albums with her band, RIPLEY, including the single, "Beautiful Eyes", released in February 2012.[2] She also performs as a solo artist,[3] while in February 2011 she released Alice Ripley Daily Practice, Volume 1, a stripped-down collection of acoustic rock covers.[4]


Early work[edit]

Ripley attended DePauw University, where she majored in Vocal Performance, before transferring to Kent State University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre.[5] While at University, Ripley performed in a number of stage productions, while her first paid acting job was at the Red Barn Summer Theatre in Frankfort, Indiana.[6] Following college, she was active in community theatre in San Diego, California, 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 in The Who's Tommy.[7]


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.[8]

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

Starting on March 24, 2016 (first preview), Ripley will be in the brand new Broadway musical, American Psycho. She will play the mother of the main character, Patrick Bateman, as well as the role of Mrs. Wolfe.[1]


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[12] (2011, MCC/Lucille Lortel Theater), Mary Todd Lincoln, Lewis Payne, and other roles in A Civil War Christmas[13] (2012, NYTW), and Sook Faulk in A Christmas Memory[14] Ripley has also performed in Overtures’ On The Twentieth Century in Boston.[15]

Recent readings[edit]

  • The Girl With The Polka Dot Eyes by Maggie Moore (new musical) - Joe's Pub, November 3, 2014.[16][17]
  • REDRUM: The Unauthorized Parody of The Shining (new musical) - Private Reading, March 2015[18]

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, Carousel and Carrie.[19][citation needed]

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 (November 23, 2010 - July 30, 2011).[20]


Ripley's films are The Adulterer (2000), Temptation (2004), Isn't It Delicious (2011), Sing Along (2013 short), Muckland (2014), Bear With Us (2015), SUGAR! (2015), and The Way I Remember It (2015).


Ripley was recently seen on Blue Bloods and Royal Pains. She played herself in the series finale of the TV comedy, 30 Rock.


with Ripley (the band)[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)

with Emily Skinner[edit]

  • Duets
  • Unsuspecting Hearts
  • Ripley/Skinner: Raw at Town Hall
  • Unattached: Live at 54 Below (2016)

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. ^ a b Hetrick, Adam. "Alice Ripley and Jennifer Damiano Reunite in Broadway Slasher Musical American Psycho", Nov. 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Gans, Andrew. "'Beautiful Eyes,' New Single From Tony Winner Alice Ripley, Now Available on iTunes", Feb. 28, 2012
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Alice Ripley Will Return to 54 Below With All-New Program; Musical Theatre Project In the Works", May 19, 2014
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Ripley's Acoustic Album Daily Practice Hits Stores Feb. 15",, February 15, 2011.
  5. ^ Viagas, Robert (September 12, 2013). "Tony Winner Alice Ripley Chats with PlaybillEDU About Road to Broadway and Shares Tips for Success". Playbill Inc. 
  6. ^ Listed in the papers of Barry Saltzman at the Lilly Library, Indian University, Bloomington, (accessed December 31, 2014).
  7. ^ McNulty, Charles (May 15, 2008). "Theater". 
  8. ^ Internet Broadway Database. "Alice Ripley, performer",, March 25, 2015
  9. ^ "Tony Awards Archives - Facts & Trivia". 1998. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Next to Normal Wins 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama", April 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "2009 Tony Award Winners",, May 5, 2009; accessed December 13, 2014.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew. "Catching Up with Wild Animals You Should Know Star Alice Ripley", November 25, 2011.
  13. ^ Isherwood, Charles. "Lincolns in Wartime Hope for a Midnight Clear, ‘A Civil War Christmas,’ by Paula Vogel, Set at White House", December 4, 2012.
  14. ^ Irish Repertory. "Alice Ripley Will Star in A Christmas Memory Off Broadway",, October 15, 2014.
  15. ^ "Theatre Mirror Reviews - "On the Twentieth Century"". Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Cerasaro, Pat. "Alice Ripley Previews The Girl With The Polka Dot Eyes", October 26, 2014
  17. ^ Public Theater."Tony Award-winner, Alice Ripley, stars in a concert version of a new musical about the life of Liz Renay: actress, author, stripper, convicted felon and John Waters muse", October 15, 2014
  18. ^ Gioia, Michael. "Musical Parody of Stephen King's The Shining Has NYC Reading With Marc Kudisch and Alice Ripley",, February 28, 2014.
  19. ^ ""Find HHA Nominees & Recipients Alice Ripley," theatreWashington". 
  20. ^ "National tour: News and Reviews", November 30, 2011.

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