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.
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?
I guess it would be a tie between "Drive" and "Sky".
What would be your dream collaboration?
I'd like to work with Rick Rubin as a record producer.
What is the song writing process like for you? Where do you pull from?
I find my guitar makes me submit to practice time first before it lets me write. Sometimes a song writes itself in ten minutes and other times I might work on a song for years before I perform it for anyone. I think songs are like the bones in the body of one's emotional life.
What is the most meaningful song or album you've written?
They are like kids. I love them all equally!
You recently put out your sophomore solo album titled Daily Practice Vol. 1? How was that experience for you?
I had performed several NYC solo gigs in a row (with my guitar), and called the evening Daily Practice. Shortly thereafter the audience demanded that I record the concert, so I did, and a studio version was released on February 14, 2011 on Sh-K-Boom Records. While I was on the road with Next to Normal, I made two music videos for Daily Practice: "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" (filmed in San Francisco's Muir Woods) and "Essence" (yet to be released - captured with a Seattle, WA backdrop), both shot by John Carucci.
You can now see her play live when she performs solo concerts titled Alice Ripley's Daily Practice on December 11 & 16 at 10:30pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, a cabaret space downstairs at West Bank Cafe. The concerts will feature what's being billed as an eclectic mix of well known songs and new compositions. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.westbankcafe.com.
Visit Itunes to purchase Alice Ripley's music.