Soundtrack Featuring Alice Ripley '85 Hits #1
June 20, 2009
June 20, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — The cast recording of the Broadway musical Next to Normal, which stars Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley, "hit #1 on the Billboard Cast Album chart this week," reports Playbill. "The two-disc set was also ranked #21 of all albums on the Digital Chart and #103 of all albums in the Top 200 Chart," adds the report. Ripley is a member of DePauw University's Class of 1985.
On June 7, Ripley was awarded the Tony for "Best Actress in a Musical." Next to Normal was also honored with Tonys for "Best Score" and "Best Orchestrations."
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Next to Normal, which is being staged at the Booth Theatre, is "a contemporary musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis," according to the production notes. The musical "shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact."
A June 7 feature story on Alice Ripley in the New York Times noted her "nakedly anguished performance" in the musical.