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BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow

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BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow Hello Broadway World readers! We did it! We opened our show!! And it was amazing! Such a fun night full of old friends and new ones and such an enthusiastic, supportive crowd. It was everything I had hoped it would be and more.

After the curtain call we all came backstage and had a champagne toast and yelled and screamed like crazy people! It was great! So our run has officially begun. After saying a sad farewell to our directors and choreographer we are on our own doing eight shows a week.

It feels like graduating in a weird way. We used to be their babies and now we're all groweds up. It is a cool, fun feeling. Plus we got some amazing reviews, so that gave us plenty of confidence to keep doing what we know to do.

So how do you keep the magic alive doing eight shows a week for an extended period of time? Well, I'm not sure yet. I've never done a run of a show longer than a month or two. But I think the fact that we all love each other and really get along well help us keep things fresh as time goes on! Thankfully there are no odd men out in the cast and everyone is equally well liked. We're all great friends!

Until next time please enjoy these photos of the cast hanging out and enjoying each others company!!!

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BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow
Ashley Ward (Carol) Rachel Dratch (delightful human) Al Samuels (Director) enjoying the post opening festivities!

BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow
The cast of 50 Shades!

BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow
Ashley Ward (Carol) and Tim Murray (Jose) enjoying each other's company backstage. So in love!

BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow
Amber Petty (Anastasia Steele) and Ashley Ward (Carol) bonding in the dressing room. Best friends!!!

BWW Blog: Ashley Ward of Off-Broadway's 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL - Afterglow
Casey Renee Rogers (Inner Goddess), Alec Varcas (Elliott Grey), Ashley Ward (Carol) and Adam Hyndman (Taylor) being cool super friends in the dressing room. Pals for life!

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Guest Blogger: Ashley Ward Ashley Ward is an actor, singer and writer originally from Conyers, GA. Ashley has been performing improv and sketch comedy in New York for the last 10 years and continues to perform with several groups including PIT house team Big Black Car, Taco Supreme, and The Scene as well as the one act musical "Seventeen Seventy Something" playing at UCB. She also performs with musical improv powerhouse Baby Wants Candy in New York , around the country and at the last two Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as short run in London. Additionally she is a proud Striking Viking Story Pirate and a Jeopardy! champion. Ashley has a degree in Musical Theater from Webster University in St. Louis. In addition to performing live, Ashley has been in many comedic shorts and web series as well as the feature film "Breakup at a Wedding". She is currently playing Carol in the off broadway production of "50 Shades of Grey" and is one of the writers of the production.