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One Night Only! May 2, 2011
Alissa Norby and Lampkin Music Group are proud to present acclaimed Tony Award winner and star of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal Alice Ripley in DAILY PRACTICE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS. The celebrated stage artist will perform an exclusive one-night-only engagement at the newly revamped Stage 773 Theatre (1225 W. Belmont in Chicago) May 2nd, 2011. The performance will mark Ripley’s Midwest concert debut.
Recently described as a “force of nature” by Variety, Alice Ripley’s illustrious stage career spans twenty years on and off-Broadway. Having garnered critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base following her Tony-nominated performance as Violet Hilton in Side Show (1996), Alice awed audiences with her portrayal of Diana Goodman in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Pultizer Prize-winning rock musical Next to Normal. Described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as having given “the musical performance of the season”, Alice returns to her musical roots in DAILY PRACTICE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS, a singular evening of acoustic song.
“I am thrilled to make my concert debut in Chicago,” says Ripley. “The selections on Daily Practice are all what I consider standard rock songs that have been absolutely essential to keeping me alive.  Springsteen's ‘Thunder Road’ and Carole King's ‘It's Too Late’ are examples of why I am a singer/songwriter.  I practice these songs every day.  The melodies are timeless in the rock world, the lyrics are words that I need to say, and they need to be heard again.  Playing these songs keeps my heart in shape, like going to the gym, but in a more mysterious way.”
The intimate performance will feature music from the Next to Normal star’s upcoming solo album, “Daily Practice: Volume 1,” from Sh-K-Boom Records, the first of an intended series of cover albums by the songstress. Released February 15th, the acoustic album features Ripley covering some of the most storied rock songs of years past, from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Thunder Road’ to U2’s ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ to Alanis Morrisette’s ‘You Oughta Know’.
Alice Ripley is currently reprising her Tony Award winning role of Diana Goodman in the national tour of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Next to Normal. Her other Broadway credits include The Who’s TommySunset BoulevardKing DavidLes Miserables and The Rocky Horror Show. Her first solo album, “Everything's Fine”, was released in 2001 on Sh-K-Boom Records. She has also released albums with her band, RIPLEY, and two recordings with her Side Show co-star Emily Skinner.
Individual tickets to DAILY PRACTICE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS are $45 and are on sale at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave.) the Stage 773 Ticket Line at (773) 327-5252; and online at
DAILY PRACTICE: THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS  is made possible in part by the generosity of its sponsors:  Chicago Pride is the official and exclusive media sponsor.  Jet Lithocolor is the official printing sponsor.  Cooper’s and Roscoe’s Tavern and Café are the exclusive neighborhood partners.  
ALICE RIPLEY received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical as well as a Helen Hayes Award, for her performance in Next To Normal. Alice's work includes nearly 20 years as an actor on and off-Broadway. Side Show (1996) earned her a cult following and a Tony nomination for her portrayal of conjoined twin Violet Hilton. Alice also received Helen Hayes Award nominations for her work in Ken Ludwig's Shakespeare In Hollywood at the Arena Stage, Company at the Kennedy Center's Sondheim festival, and for the one-woman show Tell Me On A Sunday. It was her performance as Diana Goodman in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal that catapulted her into the hearts and minds of audiences. Ms. Ripley has written a hundred songs and she records and performs regularly with her band RIPLEY. She also works on canvases with mixed media and enjoys her YouTube "Sandbox" experiments with video and photography.  Ripley’s 2001 CD “Everything’s Fine” was one of Sh-K-Boom’s earliest releases. For more information, please visit and
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