This Week on Broadway for November 24, 2013: Ashley Brown


Peter Filichia, James Marino and Michael Portantiere talk with Ashley Brown. We review A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Commons of Pensacola, Richard III and talk about Spider-Man closing and ticket prices at the Met.


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PETER FILICHIA is a theater journalist and historian with a number of books, with Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks being his most recent. His columns appear at MTIKritzerlandMasterworks Broadway and many other places.

Adam’s Gifts, a Play by Peter Filichia

December 19, 20 & 21 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St.

Featuring: Philip Hoffman, William Parry, Julia Peterson, Maureen Silliman, and Hayden Wall


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MICHAEL PORTANTIERE is a theater reviewer and essayist, whose work appears at TalkinBroadwayThe Sondheim Review and BroadwayStars. He is also a photographer whose work can be seen at and many other places on the internet.


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Guest: 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. Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of the musical, earning a 2010 Garland Award for Best Performance in a Musical. Other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and The Beast and a starring role 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, and she previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ms. Brown has performed with a number of top orchestras across North America including The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall as well as the Boston, Philadelphia and Cincinnati Pops orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall; the New York Philharmonic; and the Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies. Ms. Brown has also performed with the BBC Orchestra opposite Josh Groban and made her solo concert debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series. 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 entitled 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. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.



PF + MP: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder @ Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W 48th St

Something for Everyone

MP: The Commons of Pensacola @ New York City Center – Stage I, 131 West 55th Street through January 26, 2014

Sylvia — Time for a revival at the Booth? With SJP?

PF + MP: Richard III @ The Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street



Spider-Man posts closing notice, next stop Las Vegas.


Post Script:

MP: Metropolitian Opera (Met) ticket prices


Next Week: 

Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick — 12/1

PF: Little Miss Sunshine @ Second Stage, Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W 43rd St

MP: Family Furniture @ Flea

MP: Hamlet @ 45 Bleecker

PF: Witness by the World

Bloomberg cuts arts staff


Explicit: Yes





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