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Release: April 9, 1999

Broadway musical star Alice Ripley discusses musical theater April 19 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Broadway musical star Alice Ripley, who is currently singing the role of Fantine in the New York production of "Les Miserables," will present an informal discussion of musical theater at 8 p.m. Monday, April 19 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Ripley, who worked with UI theater arts faculty member John Cameron when they were both students at Kent State University, will meet with UI theater students earlier in the day.

Ripley made her Broadway debut in 1993 in "The Who's Tommy" before touring the country in "Les Miz." She became a hot ticket when she co-starred with Glenn Close in the original Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd-Webber's "Sunset Boulevard."

In 1997 she worked with Alan Menken and Tim Rice to create the role of Bathsheba in "King David," the inaugural production for Disney's refurbished New Amsterdam Theatre.

She received Tony Award and Drama Desk "best actress" nominations for her work in "Side Show," inspired by the true story of the Hilton sisters, "Siamese" twins who were vaudeville performers of the 1930s. With co-star and co-nominee Emily Skinner she released the top-selling CD "Duets" on Varese Sarabande.

Her off-Broadway and regional theater experience includes roles at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theater, San Diego Rep and the North Shore Music Theater. A singer, songwriter and guitarist who spent several years in Nashville, Ripley performed in the alternative rock band Lame with her husband, drummer Shannon Ford, and she has plans to release a solo CD.

The April 19 event is free and no tickets are required. Seating is limited.