The Kennedy Center

Ashley Brown


Actress Ashley Brown recently finished her run in Los Angeles in the title role in Disney's national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a 2010 Garland award for Best Performance in a Musical. Ms. 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's other Broadway credits include Belle in The Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney's On the Record. Ms. Brown recently returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma. She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zambello's Show Boat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ashley 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, Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Philly Pops. She has also performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban. Ashley 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 a star turn at the La Jolla Playhouse in a production of Limelight; The Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY, which garnered her a Kevin Kline award; and her own PBS special called Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible, which received a PBS Telly Award. 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.

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Pops: <em>A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe </em>with Ashley Brown NSO Pops: A Holiday Pops! Under the Mistletoe with Ashley Brown

    Warm your spirit with fresh takes on comforting classics in this singalong tradition with the NSO and The Washington Chorus, a perfect holiday treat for the entire family! Join us in the festively decorated Concert Hall for this year’s program that welcomes musical theater darling Ashley Brown—originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway—in her NSO debut.

Ashley Brown