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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?

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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#1
Posted: 2/8/16 at 10:38am

Having played the ingenue in the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close, etc, she now soared with "As If We Never Said Goodbye" at Feinstein's/54 Below.

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:09pm

That would be an inspired casting choice.  

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:10pm

Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:20pm

God no. 

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:31pm

Would it require any acting?

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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#6
Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:34pm

Just One Look Sets The Screen Aflame...

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:36pm
At least she's got the crazy part down.
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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#8
Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:49pm

I'm kind of obsessed with this.

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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#9
Posted: 2/8/16 at 6:58pm

LOL that Carrie gif! 

 

I don't really think she's the right actress for the role. She's got the crazy, and I'm very pleasantly surprised at how her voice has bounced back from Next to Normal. But I just can't see her pulling off the glamour and grandeur. But with a strong director, it's possible. I'm sure someone will let her do it regionally at some point.

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 8:45pm

Her 54 Below "As If We Never Said Goodbye" is OK I guess, but this wouldn't make me rush out and buy a ticket with her in the role.



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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#11
Posted: 2/8/16 at 8:50pm

Behind the distorted vowels and weird vocal placement is a good actress. I think Alice could do Norma well.

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Posted: 2/8/16 at 11:18pm

I had the pleasure of seeing Alice Ripley sing Norma live last weekend at 54 Below and she was amazing.  Now mind you I'm biased because I also saw her Margaret White and she blew me away. Her performance in Carrie is one I will never forget and I still think she should teach a master class on dying. But I digress. Her version of "As if We Never Said Goodbye" was one of many highlights of the evening and one that garnered a standing O - not that those mean much anymore, but in a cabaret setting it's pretty cool to witness.  She told the story of standing in the wings each night watching all the Norma Desmonds sing the number. She listed all the ones that she watched, she must have played Betty for several years and studied them all. Anyway, I was struck at how well she interpreted the lyrics.  I feel like a lot of Norma's rely on heavy makeup, costumes and that damn turban to play the role - Alice didn't have any of that and it felt very raw and real.  Her voice was amazing and I am pretty sure she was singing in the original LuPone key.  I would love to see her in a revival of the show on Broadway. Done correctly it could be amazing.

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 9:55am

If I'm not mistaken, Alice played Betty the entire Broadway run of SUNSET.

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 10:25am

Never thought about this but this was amazing! i think she would do wonderful. 

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 10:33am

completely Miscast.

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 10:36am

Broadway Bob* said: "If I'm not mistaken, Alice played Betty the entire Broadway run of SUNSET."

 

Yep! 

http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/Cast/2334/Sunset-Boulevard-at-Minskoff-Theatre

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 11:03am

I'd go.

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 11:44am

Broadway Bob* said: "If I'm not mistaken, Alice played Betty the entire Broadway run of SUNSET."

 

Yep! 

http://www.playbillvault.com/Show/Detail/Cast/2334/Sunset-Boulevard-at-Minskoff-Theatre

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except for the night i saw it lol

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Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond?#19
Posted: 2/9/16 at 12:01pm

She could certainly sing it better than Glenn Close, though probably never get to the level of Betty Buckley or Linda Balgord as far as the score goes. The biggest problem would be the temptation to play "crazy Norma" from the top of the show. Her Margaret White was amazing because she was nuts from the start, with flashes of frightening clarity throughout. Her inconsistencies in "Next to Normal" were the same. I saw her be brilliant early in the run, but later she played the show bat-**** crazy for the entire evening. Norma is haunted and disillusioned and self-deluding, but she doesn't go off the deep end until her desperation for Joe (and intense desire for a "return"Alice Ripley as Norma Desmond? take her there. It takes a real, grounded, disciplined actress to give us all of those colors, not just an exciting personality unafraid to play crazy. She's not an uninspired choice, just a risky one.

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Posted: 2/9/16 at 9:18pm

Alice was Betty the entire run except sadly the final shows, she was scheduled off far in advance for her brothers wedding. 

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Posted: 2/10/16 at 11:38am

her voice is so shot...she sounds awful now...I don't see it at all...Her Margaret White was off key and just plain bad