Alice Ripley, Tony nominee for Side Show and current resident among James Joyce's The Dead, will sing her own tunes under Sean McCourt's Big Top Feb. 21 at Wilson's. Joining her will be Pump Boys And Dinettes co-creator Cass Morgan.
Ripley garnered a Tony nomination for Best Actress for her role as Violet Hilton, one half of the Siamese twins in Side Show. No stranger to songwriting, she sang and wrote with Hedwig and the Angry Inch's Michael Cerveris in a band called Lame before breaking away to form her own group, Uncle Daddy. Ripley and Daddy are set to record an album for the Sh-K-Boom label.
Morgan appeared on Broadway in Hair, Pump Boys And Dinettes and The Capeman, as well as Off-Broadway in Floyd Collins (Miss Jane) and Violet. She will sing from her new musical, True Home.
Singing back-up, their own tunes and leading the band will be McCourt (It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, Titanic) and Matthew Bennett (Titanic). One regular band member certain to play the 21st is Ripley's husband, drummer Shannon Ford.
The cover is $10. For dinner reservations, call (212) 769-0100. Wilson's is located at 201 West 79th Street at Amsterdam. McCourt's Big Top series features Broadway actors performing their own original material or original material written for them. Next up will be visits from Brian d'Arcy James (The Wild Party, Titanic), Matthew Sklar (composer of Swing Alley) and Cerveris (The Who's Tommy). Dates are set for March 20 and April 17. In the late spring and summer, the series hopes to move to a weekly schedule.