Under the Mistletoe
Under the Mistletoe
Friday, December 21, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor
Ashley Brown, Guest Artist
Essential Voices USA
Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
Ring in the holiday season with Ashley Brown (Broadway's original Mary Poppins), who returns to the New York stage with this festive program of classic and contemporary carols.
About the Artist
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. Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins, where she garnered a Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney's On The Record. Ms. Brown most recently starred as Mother Abbess in multiple Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien’s new production of The Sound of Music. Ms. Brown returned to critical acclaim starring in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Oklahoma!. She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zambello’s Show Boat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of 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 (four times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony (three times), Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Jacksonville (two times), and the Philly Pops. She has also performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban. Ms. Brown 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 The Golden Apple at City Center Encores!, Hello, Dolly! at The Goodspeed Opera House, The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY (which garnered her a Kevin Kline Award), 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 Live!. Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland celebrating its 60th anniversary, singing the newly penned Richard Sherman song “A Kiss Goodnight.” Ms. Brown’s long-awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. Ashley is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.