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Broadway star Alice Ripley proves she is anything but ‘normal’ on the ‘What Had Happened Was’ podcast

Moral of the story: when Scott Ripley warns you about something, take it seriously. 

Alice Ripley had a reputation even before she set foot in West Carrollton High School for the very first time.

Her proud older brother and stepsister had already warned everyone about the incoming junior.

>> Tony Award winner to speak at TEDxDayton

“(They said,) she’s going to get the lead in the musical so everybody get ready. My brother (Scott) told all of his friends and they were just rolling their eyes,” Alice, the high school’s first female pirate mascot, told “What Had Happened Was” podcast host Amelia Robinson.

>> RELATED:  This year’s TEDxDayton speakers include a Tony-winning Broadway actress, radio personality


Now a Tony Award winner and multiple award nominee famous for her roles in “Next to Normal” and “Side Show,” Alice told Amelia that she managed to not only win the role, but to win over her classmates.

She also won over the TEDxDayton organizers and will take the stage this week at the annual sold-out event. 

Amelia and Alice talk about motherhood, Alice’s 10 siblings, what it really takes to be a successful actress, how Meryl Streep helped Alice get through a very tough time in her life, why Alice stopped being friends with everyone and how yoga can stop you from going off. 


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“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

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Episode 19: 

Cat daddy, TV host, all-around do-gooder nerd Rodney Veal 

Episode 18:

Bill Castro on squid, horses and how his family has served Dayton the world on a plate for 40 years


Episode 17:

Henrique Couto, the ‘weird’ filmmaker behind the Salvador Dali-ish moustache

Episode 16: 

Inside Dayton’s 1992 Christmas Killings 


Episode 15: 

Daytonian who gave ‘Black Panther’ his claws talks about learning from Madonna, pet-sitting and couch surfing to make her dreams come true


Episode 14: 

Dayton gridiron hero LaVar Glover on walking away, playing golf and building bridges after the NFL


Episode 13: 

Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’



Episode 12: The Fosters’ Sherri Saum on super hot husband and having her magazines confiscated in Kettering


Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself


EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 


EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker


EPISODE 8: Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger


EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

EPISODE 1: The Rubi Girls explain

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