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National Tour of Next to Normal, Starring Alice Ripley '85, Begins Next Month

October 23, 2010

87060October 23, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — The "national tour of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal" will begin November 23 at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Playbill reports, "The production will feature the musical's original star, Alice Ripley, reprising her performance as the grief-stricken family matriarch Diana Goodman. Ripley earned her second Tony Award nomination and first Tony Award for her performance. Tony-winning director Michael Greif will again direct."

The production will stay in Los Angeles through January 2 and then move on to Denver. The national tour is scheduled to continue through July 2011.

Read more here.

Ripley, a member of DePauw University's Class of 1985, was praised for her 57544"nakedly anguished performance" in Next to Normal by the New York Times. Playbill wrote that Ripley "gives what might be the most remarkable performance since Christine Ebersole's Edie Beale."

Earlier this month, Ripley performed in the Broadway Cabaret Festival at New York City's Town Hall.  A Times review can be found here.

Also available is this recent article.