The Record : Issue 5 - Alice Ripley
The Record: Issue 5
The Record gives Broadway performers an outlet to discuss their solo music. We love and support our favorite stage performers but this will be your first chance to really find out what their music is all about. You can learn about their CD's, concerts, influences, upcoming projects and much more.
Broadway performers are officially now on The Record.
Our fifth subject is fan favorite, Alice Ripley, who closes in MCC's WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW December 11 and is playing a concert show, Daily Practice (named for her eponymous sophomore album), at the Laurie Beechman Theatre through December 16.
Alice Ripley received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize winning Next to Normal. This performance also garnered her a Helen Hayes Award, a Drama Desk Award nomination, and an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Other Broadway credits include Side Show (Tony Award and Drama Desk Awards nominations), Rocky Horror Show, The Dead, King David, Sunset Boulevard, Les Miserables, and Tommy. Notable off-Broadway shows include Five Flights (Rattlestick), The Vagina Monologues, and Li'l Abner (Encores). Regionally, she has performed in Tell Me On a Sunday and Company (Kennedy Center, Helen Hayes Award nominations for both), and Shakespeare in Hollywood (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award Nomination). Alice will star in the upcoming feature film Isn’t It Delicious and recently completed filming the pilot “Modern Love” for Lifetime. She has written a hundred songs and records and performs regularly with her band RIPLEY.
When did you begin creating your own music?
In 1991 a friend convinced me to try writing songs.
How do you define your music? What genre do you consider it?
I call it pop-punk. Devotees from both pop and punk rebel against any association with the other, so...I guess that's the definition of rock and roll.
What are some of your artistic influences? Who do you listen to?
I was influenced by every genre as I was learning how to make music as a kid: Opera, Pop, Rock, Classical, Punk, Jazz, R and B/Soul, and occasionally I listened to the two musicals my parents had on vinyl: The Music Man and Jacques Brel
What does your music allow you to say and what do you hope people take from it?
I return to my music every day, as it reminds me of who I really am. I like hearing from fans that they can relate to my songs, because my main desire is to connect to rhe audience through universal emotions and soul-familiar stories.
How have you grown as a artist from Everything's Fine? What does that album mean to you?
Everything's Fine was an important recording for me, because although I had made demos and performed the songs live, it was the first album of all of my own songs. As an artist you grow as life puts its stamp on you, and the content of your work is influenced by these changes.
What is your favorite song to perform live?
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