Best Quotes by Alice Ripley

It’s hard being a Barbie doll all the time.

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I come from the Midwest, from the suburbs – growing up hanging out at the mall and looking at the corn fields across the street. I kind of was embarrassed by it for a long time. Then I decided, ‘Hey, if everyone else can embrace their homeland and where they’re from, I can do the same!’

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Leisure time is when I’m not at the Booth Theater.

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All day I wait for my job, which I do at night, and once I get there, I walk a tightrope, jump through hoops, and take breathtaking dives.

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My Mickey Mouse ears were given to me by a dear friend. They remind me of how I need to be silly.

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Part of the frustration of being bipolar is people don’t understand what it feels like.

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When it comes to your creative life and what it’s going to take, you will do a disservice to everybody if you just dabble.

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As a teen, ‘Thunder Road’ was always in my head.

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I’m drawn to raw material and raw emotions.

Alice Ripley

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.

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My favorite thing as a performing artist is to get a pile of raw material from a writer who says, ‘Will you help me make this real?’ There’s nothing like starting from scratch.

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I’ve been committed to personal growth since I was a teenager, and I’m a believer in the idea that your thought is the only thing that matters.

Alice Ripley

George Benson’s ‘This Masquerade’ is my favorite version of Leon Russell’s blue gem.

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At the end of ‘Next to Normal,’ you can see the light. ‘There will be light.’ That’s the reason the show exists. Those are the last four words.

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I am always talking to students and telling them how you have to practice every day because you can’t wait for someone to hire you. You need something you do for yourself, something that feeds your creative life.

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When I did ‘Rocky Horror,’ I didn’t want to meet the audience afterward, because they’d been having a good time yelling names at me all night, and I didn’t really want to tell them that I didn’t have such a good time being yelled at all night.

Alice Ripley

I’ve always been drawn to raw material.

Alice Ripley

There is genuine healing in a beautifully crafted musical theatre song, like Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Losing My Mind,’ or a pop music gem like Joni Mitchell’s ‘Help Me.’

Alice Ripley

Parents are destined to sin against their kids; it’s inevitable. As is narcissism and the human condition. Everyone has their ego and their ambitions. Life happens in between.

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I was in the original cast of ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ I played Betty. But I wasn’t on the cast album.

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When everything kind of hit the fan, my dad married Jo Anne, and suddenly there were five kids from the Ripleys and five kids from the Doughertys. Then my dad and Joanne had a baby. I usually have to make a diagram.

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I’m kind of a double middle child.

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Now, I come from a long line of narcissists. And I also have no kids – by choice – but I understand not being a mother and the pain that comes from that.

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Uzo Aduba over at ‘Godspell’ is doing an even more entertaining Donald Trump than Donald Trump’s Donald Trump.

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I have a soft spot for vintage movie houses covered in goo; what can I say?

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Nothing is hanging on my walls.

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Oh my God, I love Max von Essen.

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I love D.C. I love working there.

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Writing is the place where I can do it all and get away with it. You can’t do that in the theatre.

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The road’s a tough life, but I said ‘yes,’ because as a kid growing up in Ohio, I never had a chance to see a Tony-winning actress in a role she won the Tony for.

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George Hearn taught me that you learn that there are roles that are Tony roles and roles that are not.

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My mother is always the most vulnerable person in any room, and so I definitely have that part of her inside me.

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I’m like a prize fighter. When I’m not on stage, every action that I take has to be focused on my next performance.

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I’m a strong follower of hydrotherapy.

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‘Next to Normal’ has challenged me as an actor because of how complex Diana is. And that’s got me hungry for another character like that in a non-singing role because it would be interesting to express that same intensity in a different way.

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Teachers want to teach you theory, and that’s fine, but when it comes to rock and roll, you only need three chords. There’s something comforting about that.

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It’s heartbreaking to see theater people be forced to accept the business side of show business.

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You’ve got to chop back the performance like a rose bush. That’s when it’s beautiful.

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I don’t honestly have the time or energy to support anybody else’s cause but my own, which is self-expression. So I guess, if I had a cause, it would be education.

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I grew up in Ohio. I was born in a suburb of Oakland, but I grew up in Ohio.

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I didn’t see any Broadway till I was in my late twenties.

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Norm Lewis, who plays Jake in ‘Side Show,’ and I had a song together in ‘Tommy,’ and I understudied Mrs. Walker.

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I don’t really talk about ‘Next to Normal’ that much anymore.

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Tom Kitt aside – he’s in his own category with me, of course – Stephen Sondheim is one of my all-time favorite composers.

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If there were a song from ‘West Side Story’ that I would do, it would be ‘Something’s Coming,’ but in a sense that put it in the right key for me and then do that one.

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I think I enjoy Sondheim so much because of the lyrics. The lyrics, the cornucopia of options.

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When the decades pass and you’re working in this business, the audiences get older with you. That’s the nice part about it. They’re so supportive and so loving.

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I’ve always been drawn to raw material.

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Sometimes, you find the play; sometimes, the play finds you.

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I did grow up in a small town. I grew up in a lot of different places. But I consider my home to be Cleveland.

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actor in classics like Shaw and Shakespeare and Chekov and Ibsen.

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I wasn’t a musical-theater kid. We went to plays at school and took field trips to see Shakespeare. And that really sparked that fire for me, and so that’s still going, and I haven’t given up on it.

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