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Broadway's Ashley Brown Interview -- EXCLUSIVE

Broadway's Ashley Brown Interview -- EXCLUSIVE

Ashley Brown originated the Broadway role of Mary Poppins and now stars in the North American tour of the show. Now she’s making her solo record debut with her jazz alum, Speak Low, on sale now!

Here’s what the 27-year-old singer and actress exclusively shared with JustJared.com:

JJ: What is your favorite prop on the set of Mary Poppins?

AB: I would have to say my parrot head umbrella. It is with me at all times and a massive one opens up at the end of act 2. It’s Mary‘s most iconic prop along with her carpet bag. I’m going to find it hard to ever walk on stage without it!

JJ: You have famous people (and their kids) watching you all of the
time. Which celebrity encounter has been the most memorable to date
and why?

AB: When Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes came with Suri. They were so generous with their time and so complimentary. They stayed and took pictures and answered questions and just couldn’t quit gushing about our show.

Also, when we walked in the theater the next day, they had sent us 5 dozen of Crumbs cupcakes and a beautiful arrangement of red roses with a very nice note. They went over the top and I don’t think anyone in our cast will forget that moment.

(Click inside to continue reading JustJared.com‘s interview with Ashley Brown…)

JJ: When did the album process start for you? How long did it take to finish?

AB: I started recording the album October of 2008 when I finished my run with Mary Poppins on Broadway. It was actually a very quick process. It took us a couple of months to pick my material and then we went in the studio for only 3 weeks. I recorded my vocals along with my musicians. Then the last week I went in and did some vocal fixes. I wanted to have a real natural sound, like you are in the room with me.

Then it took months and months to pick photos, fonts, layout etc. This process is very time consuming and was such a learning experience for me. I loved every minute of it.

JJ: How would you describe your sound?

AB: I wanted this CD to show a different side of my voice. In Mary Poppins, because of the material, I have to sing very classically and contained. I have always loved jazz and sultry music. So this is finally my time to show that warm part of my voice.

JJ: How did the album title, Speak Low, come about?

AB: We weren’t sure if we should just make my first album self titled or if something would come to us. One of my songs is named “Speak Low,” but we also thought it really described the whole CD.

As I said before, it’s a whole new sound that people haven’t heard me do before. People have only heard me sing Broadway, which I love singing, but this is a whole new sound that I loved exploring.

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  • batshit crazy

    Tom and Katie “gushing” about something? And let me guess, they seemed … really SINCERE???

  • batshit crazy

    “They went over the top and I don’t think anyone in our cast will forget that moment.”

    Yes, I should imagine the cast are still having nightmares…

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  • wendy

    What a nice thing of TomaKat to do, shows how wonderful they are.

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    She is awesome as Mary Poppins! I am seeing the show for the second time tonight! You rock, Ashley!!

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    I love her, great smile

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    I highly doubt that if Brangelina had done the same thing, they would not be getting the negative reaction TomKat is getting now

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    Ha! Have you been on the Brangelina site and seen some of the truly horrible comments about them donating one million dollars to Doctors without Borders in Haiti? An organization they have supported for the last five or six years? That is certainly more of a statement for the hope of Haiti than five dozen cupcakes to the Mary Poppins Crew. Not saying it wasn’t a nice thing to do, just pointing out Brangelina would have been crucified even worse most likely if they had done this.

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    LOVE her!

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    Her chin is massive. Kinda scary. I wonder how her kids would look if she got pregnant by Jay Leno?

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    I met her tons of times when she was in NYC as belle and mary poppins. SUCH a nice person! I love her

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    another year, another award season, and TOMKAT has gone into HIDING again

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    5 dozen of Crumbs cupcakes! That’s my Suri: I believe she insisted to send the yummy cupcakes. She sure knows how to express her feelings and I’m sure she put her mark on the note too.

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