Broadway star Alice Ripley headlines Rhinebeck Gala

Tony-winning actress Alice Ripley in Next to Normal

Tony-winning actress Alice Ripley in Next to Normal

Tony-winning Broadway actress/chanteuse Alice Ripley will present an evening of songs and stories this Saturday, August 22 as the centerpiece of the annual fundraising gala for the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The evening will also include live and silent auctions of vacation getaways, art, dining and entertainment offerings, plus hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by the Terrapin Restaurant’s Josh Kroner.

Ripley won her Best Actress in a Musical Tony in 2009 for her portrayal of Diana Goodman in Next to Normal, after being nominated in 1997 for Side Show. Her other Broadway roles have included The Who’s Tommy, Sunset Boulevard, King David, Les Misérables, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Rocky Horror Show and Dreamgirls. She also fronts the band Ripley.

Tickets for the Gala, which begins at 7 p.m., cost $50 per person, with proceeds in part helping to fund the Center’s educational programs for children. For reservations, call the box office at (845) 876-3080 or visit www.centerforperformingarts.org. The Center for Performing Arts is located at 661 Route 308, three miles east of the village center in Rhinebeck.

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