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By Rick Pender · August 17th, 2005 · Curtain Call
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Ex-CCMer Ashley Brown will soon star on Broadway in Disney's Beauty & the Beast.
Joan Marcus

Ex-CCMer Ashley Brown will soon star on Broadway in Disney's Beauty & the Beast.



Call us smart. Or call her talented. Perhaps both. Back in 2002, musical theater major ASHLEY BROWN was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her performance as the virginal Cunegonde in a spectacular 2001 production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She was only a sophomore at the time but truly stood out, and she was singled out by the CEAs. Well, she's still being noticed: On Sept. 20, she makes her Broadway debut, taking over the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Most recently she's toured with another Disney show, On the Record. The charismatic actress, who also turned in memorable CCM performances in The Boys from Syracuse (2002) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2004) and the title role in the Hot Summer Nights production of Violet (2002), seems a natural for the role for the role of the bookish, feisty and independent Belle. Beauty and the Beast, now in its 12th year on Broadway, has played more than 2,250 performances, the sixth-longest running show of all time.

If you attend this year's CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, less than two weeks from now at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium, you'll have the opportunity to check out more performers who could be on Broadway in a year or two.

Call us smart. Or call her talented. Perhaps both. Back in 2002, musical theater major ASHLEY BROWN was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her performance as the virginal Cunegonde in a spectacular 2001 production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She was only a sophomore at the time but truly stood out, and she was singled out by the CEAs. Well, she's still being noticed: On Sept. 20, she makes her Broadway debut, taking over the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Most recently she's toured with another Disney show, On the Record. The charismatic actress, who also turned in memorable CCM performances in The Boys from Syracuse (2002) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2004) and the title role in the Hot Summer Nights production of Violet (2002), seems a natural for the role for the role of the bookish, feisty and independent Belle. Beauty and the Beast, now in its 12th year on Broadway, has played more than 2,250 performances, the sixth-longest running show of all time. ...

If you attend this year's CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, less than two weeks from now at 8 p.m.

on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium, you'll have the opportunity to check out more performers who could be on Broadway in a year or two. Among this year's nominees are many CCM drama and musical theater majors; in addition, the fall 2004 production of Brigadoon is one of four nominees for Outstanding Musical. If you haven't ordered your tickets yet, it's easy to do so: Go to

Ex-CCMer Ashley Brown will soon star on Broadway in Disney's Beauty & the Beast.
Joan Marcus

Ex-CCMer Ashley Brown will soon star on Broadway in Disney's Beauty & the Beast.



Call us smart. Or call her talented. Perhaps both. Back in 2002, musical theater major ASHLEY BROWN was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her performance as the virginal Cunegonde in a spectacular 2001 production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She was only a sophomore at the time but truly stood out, and she was singled out by the CEAs. Well, she's still being noticed: On Sept. 20, she makes her Broadway debut, taking over the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Most recently she's toured with another Disney show, On the Record. The charismatic actress, who also turned in memorable CCM performances in The Boys from Syracuse (2002) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2004) and the title role in the Hot Summer Nights production of Violet (2002), seems a natural for the role for the role of the bookish, feisty and independent Belle. Beauty and the Beast, now in its 12th year on Broadway, has played more than 2,250 performances, the sixth-longest running show of all time.

If you attend this year's CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, less than two weeks from now at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium, you'll have the opportunity to check out more performers who could be on Broadway in a year or two.

Call us smart. Or call her talented. Perhaps both. Back in 2002, musical theater major ASHLEY BROWN was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award for her performance as the virginal Cunegonde in a spectacular 2001 production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at UC's College-Conservatory of Music. She was only a sophomore at the time but truly stood out, and she was singled out by the CEAs. Well, she's still being noticed: On Sept. 20, she makes her Broadway debut, taking over the role of Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Most recently she's toured with another Disney show, On the Record. The charismatic actress, who also turned in memorable CCM performances in The Boys from Syracuse (2002) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2004) and the title role in the Hot Summer Nights production of Violet (2002), seems a natural for the role for the role of the bookish, feisty and independent Belle. Beauty and the Beast, now in its 12th year on Broadway, has played more than 2,250 performances, the sixth-longest running show of all time. ...

If you attend this year's CINCINNATI ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS, less than two weeks from now at 8 p.m. on Aug. 26 at CCM's Corbett Auditorium, you'll have the opportunity to check out more performers who could be on Broadway in a year or two. Among this year's nominees are many CCM drama and musical theater majors; in addition, the fall 2004 production of Brigadoon is one of four nominees for Outstanding Musical. If you haven't ordered your tickets yet, it's easy to do so: Go to citybeat.com/cea. Tickets are only $15 ($20 at the door), and if you want to make a complete evening of it you can buy a ticket ($50) for the VIP RECEPTION that begins at 6:30 p.m. ...

It's entirely possible you've never heard of the RENEGADE GARAGE PLAYERS, a local theater company for people "with and without disabilities." They tend to perform just off the radar of local media, but this ambitious group regularly stages productions with casts and production teams that include people who have some physical limitations but who love to perform. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday they'll present performances of C.S. Lewis' children's classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, at the Pendleton Heritage Center (2760 Eastern Ave., East End). Tickets are free -- how often does that happen? (of course, they hope you'll be moved to make a donation) -- but reservations are strongly recommended. To make yours, call 513-328-6300. Renegade will present George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession Aug. 24-25 at the Pendleton Heritage Center and Aug. 26 at Geier Apartments in Silverton. Info: rgplayers.org. ...

An interim artistic director has been appointed at MADCAP PRODUCTIONS PUPPET THEATRE following the recent and unexpected death of co-founder Jerry Handorf. DYLAN SHELTON has been named by Madcap's board to manage the operation while a national search is conducted this fall. Shelton graduated from Wilmington College and earned an M.F.A. in theater and acting from Ohio University. He's worked with Madcap over the years as an actor, teacher, puppeteer, artist, writer and director; more recently he's been working in New York City. ...

Leave it to the inventive folks who run KNOW THEATRE TRIBE to come up with another zany idea for a party/fund-raiser: On Saturday starting at 9 p.m., you can join them for BEDTIME BALL: A KNOW PAJAMA JAM at the hip urban club alchemize (1122 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine). Admission is $10; wear your pajamas. There will be a performance by the Rubi Girls drag troupe, plus more distractions from psychics, tarot card readers and awards for various modes of sleepwear on display. The event also features a raffle including two Delta Airline tickets and a makeover party for 10 from Saks Fifth Avenue. Info: knowtheatre. com or 513-300-5669.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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