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Report: Alice Ripley '85 and Next to Normal Plan National Tour

January 28, 2010

Alice Ripley 8.jpgJanuary 28, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "A national tour and an international debut are among the future plans of the Tony-winning musical Next to Normal," according to Playbill.com. Adam Hetrick writes, "Next to Normal arrived on Broadway in March 2009 following an Off-Broadway run at Second Stage and a regional engagement at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The musical earned Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Orchestrations, as well as Best Actress for Alice Ripley."

Ripley is a member of DePauw University's Class of 1985. She also received the Helen Hayes Award as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations.

"A tour is in the works," the musical's book writer and lyricist, Brian Yorkey, confirms to Playbill. "[Producer] David Stone's at work putting it together. I think it will launch later this year, in the fall or winter."next_to_normal_ Alice Ripley 1.jpg

The publication reports that a Scandinavian production of Next to Normal is also planned.

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A feature story on Alice Ripley in the June 7, 2009 New York Times noted her "nakedly anguished performance" in Next to Normal. Last month, Playbill wrote that Ripley "gives what might be the most remarkable performance since Christine Ebersole's Edie Beale," calling Next to Normal "the most arresting Broadway musical of the year." Learn more in this article.

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