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Kent State University Alumna Alice Ripley, ’86, Up for Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical (05/29/2009)

Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance proudly announces alumna Alice Ripley ’86, currently starring in the hit Broadway musical Next to Normal,  is up for the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. Next to Normal, currently playing at the Booth Theatre on Broadway, is up for a total of 11 nominations including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book, Best Leading Actor, Best Performance by a Featured Actress, Best Direction, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.

Ripley has also received Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Helen Hayes Award nominations for this performance.

Other credits for Ripley include:  Original Broadway cast: Side Show (Drama Desk, Tony Award nominations), The Rocky Horror ShowJames Joyce’s The Dead, Sunset Boulevard, The Who’s Tommy. Off- Broadway/regional theatre: Next to Normal, Five Flights, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Vagina Monologues, Tell Me on a Sunday (Helen Hayes nomination), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Helen Hayes nomination), Company (Helen Hayes nomination). Recordings: Next to Normal; Little Fish; Skinner/Ripley: Raw at Town Hall; Sondheim: The Stephen Sondheim Album; Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens; The Rocky Horror Show; The Stephen Schwartz Album; Duets; Unsuspecting Hearts; Side Show; The Who’s Tommy. With her band RIPLEY, Alice has written and produced the albums Everything’s Fine, Ripley EP andOuttasite.

Currently, Ms. Ripley is writing lyrics alongside composer Michael Roth for a work titled Landscape the Tar Roof Tree, a performance piece for eight singer/actors.

When Ripley was once asked during an “Ask the Actor” interview by users on how important it is to stay in school, Ripley e-replied, “College is important for a young actor because it is a chance to grow fast in a concentrated time period and learn about the world around you in a relatively isolated environment. In the end, that knowledge mixed with a double shot of courage is what will make you an interesting actor.”

Media Contact: Effie A. Tsengas, 330-672-4102,


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