The creative team for the Kennedy Center's upcoming production of Tell Me On a Sunday — starring Alice Ripley — has been announced.
Dodge directed Radio Gals at the John Houseman Theatre, choreographed Maltby and Shire's Closer Than Ever at the Cherry Lane and helmed Donald Margulies' The Loman Family Picnic for Manhattan Theatre Club. She was also the associate choreographer for Broadway's High Society and has many regional credits.
The remainder of the creative team comprises Steve Marzullo (musical direction), Edward Pierce (scenic and lighting design), Robert Guy (costume design) and Kurt B. Fisher (sound design). Daryl Waters is the musical's orchestrator.
Leslie Kritzer, who starred in the Paper Mill production of Funny Girl, will standby for Ripley. Tell Me On a Sunday is a one-woman song cycle that concerns the adventures of an English woman in America. Originally produced as a record album starring English musical theatre star Marti Webb, the show was combined with Lloyd Webber's "Variations" to form Song and Dance, a two-act concert for the London theatre. Marti Webb and Wayne Sleep starred in the initial London mounting.
The show, in a revised form, opened on Broadway in 1985 starring Bernadette Peters, who won a Tony Award for her performance as English hat designer Emma. This revised form will be presented at the Kennedy Center. Others who have sung the score, which includes such Lloyd Webber Don Black tunes as "Tell Me On a Sunday," "Unexpected Song," "Take That Look Off Your Face" and "Come Back with the Same Look in Your Eyes," include Betty Buckley, who succeeded Peters on Broadway, as well as Lulu, Sarah Brightman, Liz Robertson and Gemma Craven.
Alice Ripley earned a Tony nomination for her performance as conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the musical Side Show. She has also appeared on Broadway in The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, Sunset Boulevard, The Who's Tommy, Les Misérables and in the City Center Encores! production of Li'l Abner as well as the concert run of King David. She spent the summer at the Kennedy Center portraying Amy in the Sondheim Celebration's Company. Ripley's non-show recordings include two discs with Side Show co star Emily Skinner — "Duets" and "Unsuspecting Hearts" — and a recording of her own compositions, "Everything's Fine."
Tell Me On a Sunday will play The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater Dec. 17-Jan. 12, 2003. For tickets, call (202) 467-4600 or visit www.kennedy center.org.
— By Andrew Gans