Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner, who created the roles of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton in the original 1997 Broadway production of Side Show, will reprise their sold-out cabaret show Unattached at Feinstein’s/54 Below.
The evening of personal favorites and songs from their stage careers is scheduled for four performances November 28 and 30, and December 1 and 2, all at 7 PM. Unattached premiered at Feinstein’s/54 Below in February 2016, and came back for a sold-out return in July 2016.
Ripley told Playbill that while people sometimes confuse her with her co-star and call her “Emily,” “Emily and I each have our own separate career trajectories going and we don’t cross paths that often. But, at the same time, when we do get together we have this world together that’s just us.”
And, of course, their devoted Side Show fans. “The audience defines the experience. It’s been two decades and we’ve all grown up together. It’s fun to relive memories, to remember this and that. We cry, we laugh.”
The concert, which includes songs from Side Show, as well as “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and “Two Little Sisters,” was also recorded live and released on the Broadway Records label in 2016. That album captured their “Friendship Medley” of themed showtune duets including “You’ll Never Get Away From Me,” “Friendship,” and “Friends Tiil the End,” which Ripley said will be recreated in the upcoming gig, along with their “raucous” version of Jerry Herman’ “Bosom Buddies.”
Ripley said she and Skinner decided to make a few changes, including three new solos. Ripley said she is adding her interpretation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind.”
“I think we’ll probably keep changing [Unattached] as this goes forward for the next year or so, or come up with a new show after this run. But this idea is really fun and not everyone has seen it yet. So we decided to do Unattached again.”
Feinstein’s/54 Below is located at 254 West 54th Street, beneath Studio 54, in Manhattan. Tickets, which cost $65–$130 (plus a $25 food/drink minimum), can be ordered here. Tickets on the day of performance after 4 PM are available only by calling (646) 476-3551.
Ripley and Skinner received a joint 1998 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for their performances in the original Broadway staging of Side Show. Ripley later won a Tony for her performance in Next to Normal and returned to Broadway in American Psycho. Skinner appeared in The Full Monty, Dinner at Eight, and James Joyce’s The Dead, and recently returned to Broadway in the Harold Prince retrospective Prince of Broadway.
Ripley has been a special guest performer on two of Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas cruises. Tickets are now on sale for Playbill’s Broadway on the High Seas July 2018 cruise to Iceland, accompanied by Judy Kuhn, Christine Ebersole, Rob McClure, Jarrod Spector, Carmen Cusack, and Sierra Boggess.
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