Winning the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for "Next To Normal," Alice Ripley has been dazzling theatre audiences for almost 20 years in such Broadway productions as "Side Show" (Tony and Drama Desk Award Nominations), "The Rocky Horror Show," "James Joyce's The Dead," "King David," "Sunset Boulevard," and "The Who's Tommy." Off-Broadway, Alice most recently delighted audiences in "Wild Animals You Should Know" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Her other Off-Broadway credits include "Five Flights," "The Vagina Monologues," and "Li'l Abner" (Encores!). Regionally, theatre audiences have seen Alice in "Tell Me on a Sunday" and "Company" (Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Award Nomination). In film and television, Alice will be starring in the upcoming feature film "Isn't It Delicious?" and just completed filming the pilot for "Modern Love" for Lifetime.
In addition to the stage and screen, Alice is a successful solo recording artist and with her band RIPLEY. Her solo album "Everything's Fine" was released in 2001 and with her band RIPLEY, released "Outtastie" in 2006. Now, Alice is going at it again by herself, with her most recent recording "Daily Practice Vol. 1" released in 2011. In support of "Daily Practice," Alice will be performing in New York City at The Laurie Beechman Theatre (407 West 42nd Street, between 9th & 10th Avenue) on January 22 at 9:30pm and 24 at 10:30pm and Don't Tell Mama (343 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) on January 30 at 9:15pm.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? Cleveland, The Boss, The Carpenters, Shirley Jones, Shakespeare, my family.
2. Who haven't you worked with that you would like to? Rick Rubin, Taylor Swift.
3. How did you come up with the title/concept/song selection for "Daily Practice"? This is what I've done every day for years - I practice singing and acoustic guitar with classic rock tunes . So it's the name of the show and the name of my most recent album, Daily Practice, Volume 1. The songs I am practicing will most likely end up on Volume 2. Currently Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," Elvis Costello's "Beyond Belief" and Bruce's "Does This Bus Stop at 82nd St" are on my set list, along with "I've Been" from Next to Normal, "Who Will Love Me As I Am" from Side Show and "Pinball Wizard" from The Who's Tommy.
4. What excites you about your upcoming NYC concerts? THE AUDIENCE!!!!!!!!!
5. What do you like about performing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don't Tell Mama over a larger venue? The audience and I can see and hear each other. It's a free and easy yet intimate exchange, to sing and play in a small space with a captive crowd.
6. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Life is not a rehearsal. All the world's a stage. Amazing achievements take time, faith, and hard work.
7. What do you get from performing your own music that you don't get from being in a theatrical show? The audience gets to see and feel who I really am, instead of believing I am a character I played.
8. What's your favorite part of the creative process in putting an album together? Hearing my song on the radio.
9. What's the best advice you've ever received? Magic takes time.
10. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? RIPLEY fans at a live performance!
11. I've had the pleasure of seeing you in "Tommy," "Rocky Horror," and "Next To Normal." Looking back, what is your most cherished memory of starring in these shows? Noticing over time how ass-busting work pays off with irrepressible joy.
12. What did it mean to you to win the Tony Award for "Next To Normal"? Being recognized on the A train, among other "perks"!
13. Favorite way to stay in shape? Extra naps, Shake Weight, kettle bells, green tea, Pellegrino, bananas, breathing.
14. Favorite skin care product? Avalon Organics Vitamin C Cleansing Milk.
15. Favorite website? www.youtube.com/ripleytheband.
16. Superman or Wonder Woman? Both together, sweaty and dancing at S.O.B's.