The series will continue Nov. 5 with Melissa Manchester, who was recently seen in the Chicago production of Hats!, and will conclude on Dec. 3 with stage and screen star Sam Harris, who will belt out several tunes.
The concerts, produced by John Bowab and Martin Wiviott, benefit the Actors Fund of America. The evenings begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the concert and a reception with the performers.
Alice Ripley, who starred in the Paper Mill Playhouse's production of The Baker's Wife, has appeared on Broadway in Side Show (Tony nomination), 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. She has also been seen in Tell Me On a Sunday, Company, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Fabulous Invalid and Five Flights. 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." The singing actress also heads her own rock band, RIPLEY; the group has just released a CD titled "Outtasite," now available on iTunes, CDBaby and Pandora.com.
Emily Skinner received a joint Tony Award nomination — with co-star Ripley — for her performance in Side Show. Skinner's other Broadway credits include Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty and Dinner at Eight. She was also part of the cast of the Disney musical On the Record, and she made her New York directorial with the Town Hall concert The Broadway Musicals of 1955. Skinner appeared Off-Broadway in Fanny Hill and in the Kennedy Center's production of Mame. She was also recently seen in Have a Nice Life, part of the New York Musical Theater Festival.
Ripley and Skinner can also be heard on "Skinner/Ripley: Raw at Town Hall" (Kritzerland label). Tickets, priced $125 (per concert) or $300 (entire series), are available by calling (323) 933-9244, ext. 59. For more information visit www.actorsfund.org.
The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA.