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Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. She also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour where she won a Garland award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and she starred in the national tour of Disney's On the Record. She most recently starred as Mother Abbess
in multiple Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien’s new production of The Sound of Music. She recently returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star in Oklahoma! to critical acclaim. She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.


On the concert stage, Brown has performed with virtually all the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Jacksonville, and the Philly Pops. She has also performed with the BBC Orchestra opposite Josh Groban. This is her first performance with the RPO.

She made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series, and has appeared in New York City at prestigious venues including Feinstein’s at the Regency and Birdland.

Other projects include star turns in Hello Dolly at The Goodspeed Opera House, Limelight at the La Jolla Playhouse, and her own PBS special called Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible which received a PBS Telly Award. Other television credits include NBC’s The Sound of Music. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

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