Tonys Countdown Special: #2

Note: Tomorrow I reveal my top choice! What do you think it will be? For now- we’re all caught up! The 2nd best Tony-winning performance of the past decade is…drum roll please…

ALICE RIPLEY (Next to Normal, 2009)

Many a theatre fan was up in arms when Billy Elliot beat this Kitt-Yorkey rock opera for the Best Musical Tony. But they did have one big consolation: the piece’s anchor and fantastic role in its own right- Diana Goodman- earned actress Alice Ripley one of the night’s biggest hallelujahs. Her portrayal of a hallucinogenic wife/mother battling bipolar disorder was universally acclaimed, and that’s no small feat; an accurate rendition of a character with mental illness is absolutely vital. It not only becomes representative for all people with the disorder, but it also sets a precedent for those trying to understand it better. Ripley had a lot to live up to and she succeeded! Later in the run, real-life couple Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley would take the Next to Normal stage as Diana and her husband.


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