Ripley Rocks On: Side Show Star to Open for Squeeze's Tilbrook

News   Ripley Rocks On: Side Show Star to Open for Squeeze's Tilbrook Alice Ripley, who recently completed an acclaimed turn as Amy in the Kennedy Center mounting of Company, will be the opening act for Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook at three concerts in November.

Alice Ripley, who recently completed an acclaimed turn as Amy in the Kennedy Center mounting of Company, will be the opening act for Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook at three concerts in November.

In addition to her numerous roles on Broadway, Ripley has been actively pursuing a career as a pop singer-composer during the past few years. In fact, her solo CD, "Everything's Fine" (Sh-k-Boom Records), features tunes written solely by the singer-actress.

Ripley's gigs with Tilbrook include Nov. 8 at the Tin Angel (20 South 2nd Street in Philadelphia, PA; 215-928-0770), Nov. 9 at Downtown (190 Main Street in Farmingdale, NY; 516-293-7700) and Nov. 10 at the IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, VA; 703-522-8340).

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. Ripley's non-show recordings include two discs with Side Show co-star Emily Skinner — "Duets" and "Unsuspecting Hearts" — and the aforementioned "Everything's Fine."

In related news: Ripley will headline a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On a Sunday at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre beginning Dec. 17. The month-long gig (through Jan. 12, 2003) will feature Ripley as Emma, an English hat designer who moves to America to find love and success. The one-woman song cycle by Lloyd Webber and Don Black features such tunes as "Take That Look Off Your Face," "Unexpected Song" and "Tell Me On a Sunday." Ripley has also been offered the lead role of Audrey in the forthcoming Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors.