Daily Practice: The Acoustic Sessions, based on Ripley's new recording of the same name, will be presented at the newly revamped Stage 773 Theatre May 2. The performance will mark Ripley’s Midwest concert debut.
“I am thrilled to make my concert debut in Chicago,” Ripley said in a statement. “The selections on 'Daily Practice' are all what I consider standard rock songs that have been absolutely essential to keeping me alive. Springsteen's ‘Thunder Road’ and Carole King's ‘It's Too Late’ are examples of why I am a singer/songwriter. I practice these songs every day. The melodies are timeless in the rock world, the lyrics are words that I need to say, and they need to be heard again. Playing these songs keeps my heart in shape, like going to the gym, but in a more mysterious way.”
Individual tickets for the upcoming concert are $45 and will go on sale Feb. 18. A limited number of $75 premium VIP Meet & Greet tickets in the first and second rows of the venue are available. Tickets are on sale at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave.), the Stage 773 Ticket Line at (773) 327-5252 and online at www.Stage773.com.
Ripley is currently on tour with the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal, for which the actress earned a Tony Award for her portrayal of a mother holding onto her family as she copes with depression and bipolar disorder. She received her first Tony nomination for playing conjoined twin Violet Hilton in the 1996 musical Side Show. Ripley has also appeared in the Broadway production's of Sunset Boulevard, James Joyce's The Dead, The Who's Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, King David and Les Miserables. Ripley's new ten-track album, featuring songs by Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King and Sting, takes its title from Ripley's daily music work and her recent New York concerts inspired by songs that speak to her personally.
Ripley and Sh-K-Boom founder Kurt Deutsch co-produced "Daily Practice, Volume 1," which is aimed to be the first in a series of rock cover albums. Sh-K-Boom previously released Ripley's solo debut album "Everything's Fine" in 2000.