|Born||February 3, 1982|
Gulf Breeze, Florida, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, dancer|
Daniel Wisler (m. 2011)
Brown was born February 3, 1982, in Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, Florida, the youngest of four children. She started singing when she was 6 years old and then started professional singing lessons when she was 14. She studied at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Brown initially caught the attention of casting director Tara Rubin not long after graduating from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After a successful audition, she was cast in the Disney touring production On the Record. This in turn led to her Broadway debut on September 20, 2005, replacing Brooke Tansley as the lead character, Belle, in the Disney Theatrical production of Beauty and the Beast. She departed the role on May 28, 2006, after eight months and she was succeeded by Sarah Litzsinger.
On November 16, 2006, Mary Poppins opened on Broadway with Brown starring as the title character. Brown left the Broadway company on October 5, 2008, after playing the role for two years and was replaced by Scarlett Strallen who previously played the role in the West End.
On October 20, 2009, Brown performed the role of Snow White in the world symphonic premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – A Symphonic Retelling, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, conducted by John Mauceri.
She has recorded her first solo album of American songbook standards, which was released in January 2010.
Brown played Magnolia Hawks alongside Nathan Gunn as Gaylord Ravenal, Alyson Cambridge as Julie LaVerne, and Morris Robinson as Joe, in Francesca Zambello's production of Show Boat for the Lyric Opera of Chicago's, which ran from February 12 to March 17, 2012. It is due to be broadcast on NPR stations on June 16, 2012,[needs update] the first time a complete performance of Show Boat has ever been broadcast on radio.
In 2013, she had a minor role in the television broadcast The Sound of Music Live!, in which she played Ursula, one of the servants in the Von Trapp household.
Brown played the Mother Abbess in the national tour of The Sound of Music, which launched September 2015. She played Mrs. Juniper and Madame Calypso in the 2017 Encores! production of The Golden Apple.
|2004||Meet Me in St. Louis||Rose||The Muny|
|2005–2006||Beauty and the Beast||Belle||Lunt-Fontanne Theatre|
|2006–2008||Mary Poppins||Mary Poppins||New Amsterdam Theatre||Original Broadway cast member|
Nominated Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Nominated Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
|2010||The Sound of Music||Maria||The Muny||Winner Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical|
|2010||Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin||Oona||La Jolla Playhouse|
|2011||Mary Poppins||Mary Poppins||New Amsterdam Theatre||Return to role|
|2012||Show Boat||Magnolia Hawks||Lyric Opera of Chicago|
|2013||Oklahoma!||Laurey Williams||Lyric Opera of Chicago|
|2013||Hello Dolly!||Irene Molloy||Goodspeed Opera House|
|2015||My Fair Lady||Eliza Doolittle||Cape Playhouse|
|2004–2005||On the Record||Kristen|
|2009–2010||Mary Poppins||Mary Poppins|
|2015–2016||The Sound of Music||Mother Abbess|
- Everett, Carole J. (2009). "University of Cincinnati College—Conservatory of Music". College Guide for Performing Arts Majors: The Real-World Admission Guide for Dance, Music, and Theater Majors. Peterson's. p. 325. ISBN 9780768926989.
'Faculty, Resident Artists, and Alumni' ... Alumni continue to hold key positions in the performing and media arts. Numbered among them are ... musical theatre stars Faith Prince, Lee Roy Reams, Michele Pawk, Jason Graae, Jim Walton, Vicki Lewis, and Ashley Brown.
- "In". Soap Opera Weekly. 2007-02-27. p. 5.
- "Disney Symphonic Legacy With John Mauceri and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Premieres at Walt Disney Concert Hall 10/20", BroadwayWorld, October 6, 2009
- "Ashley Brown Bio". Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. June 19, 2009. Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- 2010 Muny Season to Feature Gary Beach, Stephanie J. Block, et. al
- Actress Ely wins twice at Kevin Kline Awards
- Robert McClure Is Chaplin in Limelight Musical; Ashley Brown, Jenn Colella Among Cast Archived October 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Ashley Brown, Broadway's Original Mary Poppins, to Return to New York Cast in March", Playbill
- Francesca Zambello's Chicago Show Boat Stars Ashley Brown, Nathan Gunn, Alyson Cambridge, Morris Robinson, Playbill. Archived January 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Special Ceremony Commemorates Official 60th Anniversary of the Disneyland Resort, Disney Parks Blog, Retrieved July 22, 2015
- Ashley Brown, Ben Davis & Newcomer Kerstin Anderson Will Hit the Road in New National Tour of The Sound of Music, Broadwayworld, Retrieved July 21, 2015
- Ashley Brown, Lindsay Mendez, Ryan Silverman and More to Lead The Golden Apple at Encores!, BroadwayWorld, Retrieved May 2, 2017
- "At Cape Playhouse, Lady is a knockout" by Sandy MacDonald, The Boston Globe, July 31, 2015