Natasha Ashley

Natasha Ashley Natasha Ashley is a reviewer for productions throughout Central New York. She was born and raised in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York. Natasha has grown up seeing many theatrical productions with her sister, Jennifer Perry, in New York City and in Washington D.C. Natasha and her sister have always shared the love for theatre. She graduated and received her Bachelors degree from Houghton College in 2008 with a double major in English and Communications. While attending Houghton College she acted in numerous productions. She was also the Assistant Director of the college production of You Can't Take it With You. Natasha was in charge of securing patrons, ticket sales, costume management, hair, and makeup for the college shows. She now resides in Cicero, New York with her husband and two children. For the last three years she has attended and reviewed many productions throughout Central New York for NY Theatre Guide.


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BWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is BreathtakingBWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is Breathtaking
Posted: Jul. 21, 2018


BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York PlayhouseBWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 16, 2018


BWW Review: A Bold and Creative ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW FOLK ROCK MUSICAL Makes History at Merry-Go-Round PlayhouseBWW Review: A Bold and Creative ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW FOLK ROCK MUSICAL Makes History at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
Posted: Jul. 8, 2018


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BWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
Posted: May. 4, 2018


BWW Review: ALWAYS?PATSY CLINE Shines at The Merry ? Go ? Round PlayhouseBWW Review: ALWAYS?PATSY CLINE Shines at The Merry ? Go ? Round Playhouse
Posted: Sep. 23, 2017


BWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Brings Traditional Holiday Cheer at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: THE NUTCRACKER Brings Traditional Holiday Cheer at the Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
Posted: Dec. 5, 2017


BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
Posted: Feb. 22, 2018


BWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Captivates at the Merry-Go-Round PlayhouseBWW Review: GHOST THE MUSICAL Captivates at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
Posted: Sep. 5, 2017


BWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Entertains at The Merry-Go-Round PlayhouseBWW Review: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Entertains at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
Posted: Aug. 7, 2017


BWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is BreathtakingBWW Reviews: Extra! Extra! NEWSIES at The Cortland Repertory Theatre is Breathtaking
July 21, 2018

Nestled in the gorgeous countryside of Cortland County at Cortland Repertory Theatre's (CRT) summer theatre at picturesque Little York Lake is the breathtaking production of Disney's Newsies under the brilliant direction of Mark Reynolds. The production is exciting, powerful, and just pure magic on stage.

BWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York PlayhouseBWW Review: ROCK OF AGES is Totally Radical at The Central New York Playhouse
July 16, 2018

What do you get when you mix a stellar group of community theatre actors, a devoted theatre company, and 80's rock hits? The answer is the totally radical production of Rock of Ages now entertaining audiences at the Central New York Playhouse. Director Dan Rowlands has assembled a high energy, talented cast to bring the rock/jukebox musical to local audiences and the end result is a non-stop party on stage.

BWW Review: A Bold and Creative ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW FOLK ROCK MUSICAL Makes History at Merry-Go-Round PlayhouseBWW Review: A Bold and Creative ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW FOLK ROCK MUSICAL Makes History at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
July 8, 2018

Broadway in the Finger Lakes is at it again in bringing a new and creative musical to audiences at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, a theatrical gem located in Auburn's beautiful Emerson Park. The new musical Anne of Green Gables: A new Folk Rock Musical comes to the theatre directly from four sold out performances in Broadway in the Finger Lakes' 2017 theatre series, The PiTCH. The production is modern and creative and the show is truly something special.

BWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Rises to the Challenge with INTO THE WOODSBWW Review: The Central New York Playhouse Rises to the Challenge with INTO THE WOODS
June 11, 2018

As per usual The Central New York (CNY) Playhouse is entertaining audiences with a challenging musical - and not just any challenging musical, a Sondheim musical. Into the Woods, daringly directed by Korrie Taylor, is yet one more example of CNY Playhouse's guts. If there's one thing the company doesn't lack, it's having not only the ambition, but also the ability to perform a musical most community theaters wouldn't dare to produce.

BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! is Pure Fun at The Merry-Go-Round PlayhouseBWW Review: MAMMA MIA! is Pure Fun at The Merry-Go-Round Playhouse
June 9, 2018

Auburn's Merry-Go-Round Playhouse has opened its 2018 Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival with the very popular, smash hit musical Mamma Mia! The catchy and fun musical, strongly directed by Artistic Director Brett Smock, is packing the house at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, celebrating its 60th anniversary.

BWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Dazzles at the Redhouse Arts CenterBWW Review: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES Dazzles at the Redhouse Arts Center
June 3, 2018

The Redhouse Arts Center is now entertaining Syracuse audiences with none other than the hilarious and bold musical comedy La Cage Aux Folles. With fabulous direction by Cassie Abate, the Tony Award-winning musical is without a doubt dazzling, powerful, heartwarming, and full of laughs. It is pure comedic fun mixed with a powerful lesson on acceptance.

BWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Comes to Life at the Landmark TheatreBWW Review: DIRTY DANCING Comes to Life at the Landmark Theatre
May 17, 2018

The classic story ofDirty Dancingby Eleanor Bergstein comes to life on a national tour now playing Syracuse's Landmark Theatre.

BWW Review: Syracuse University's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Thrilling at Syracuse StageBWW Review: Syracuse University's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is Thrilling at Syracuse Stage
May 7, 2018

There is no doubt that Syracuse University has a fabulous Department of Drama. This time around they are showcasing their talented students in the thrilling and cult classic musical Little Shop of Horrors at Syracuse Stage. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and toe-tapping tunes by Alan Menken, the show certainly provides entertainment. Meticulously directed by Brian Cimmet, the students lift character acting to new heights, show off incredible puppetry skills with Audrey II, and belt out those oh so familiar tunes with pure power backed by the onstage five-person band under the direction of Jacob Stebly.

BWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: ROCKIN' ROAD TO DUBLIN Rocks The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
May 4, 2018

Is it a rock concert? A musical production? Or an Irish dance show? Rockin' Road to Dublin can be categorized as all three. The one-night-only engagement of this unique Irish dance and rock concert at Syracuse's Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater proved to be a fantastic experience. It offers a fresh take on traditional Irish tunes, showcases some very familiar classic rock hits, incorporates Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's Academy Award-winning song 'Falling Slowly,' along with Irish dance. The combination of all of this results in a powerful and memorable entertainment experience. The concert/dance show is referred to as 'the new generation of Irish rock and dance because there's more than one road to the Heart of Ireland.' I must say this generation of Irish dancers is on point!

BWW Review: THE MAGIC PLAY Intrigues at Syracuse StageBWW Review: THE MAGIC PLAY Intrigues at Syracuse Stage
April 30, 2018

Syracuse Stage concludes its season with an intriguing and mystifying production of The Magic Play.The unique production features a cast of three actors under the astute direction of Halena Kays. It is positively entrancing thanks to the brilliant cast and unique script.

BWW Review: STOMP Sizzles at the Landmark TheatreBWW Review: STOMP Sizzles at the Landmark Theatre
April 18, 2018

The latest tour to entertain Syracuse audiences is none other than STOMP, the international sensation that features the use of some of the most unlikely instruments. On a blustery and cold April day (welcome to Spring in Syracuse) STOMP sizzles inside the historical Landmark Theatre. The multiple award-winning percussion sensation, created and directed by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, brought the house down with its intense rhythms, explosive sound, and top-notch performers.

BWW Review: CHESS Has All the Right Moves at Central New York PlayhouseBWW Review: CHESS Has All the Right Moves at Central New York Playhouse
April 15, 2018

The Central New York Playhouse has one again stepped up, taken a risk, and created something magical with its current musical, Chess. Under Robert G. Searle's clever direction, the entire talented cast Chess cast works together beautifully to deliver a very intriguing and powerful performance of the musical that has a little bit of rock 'n roll, romance, sex appeal, betrayal, and history.

BWW Review: A FEW GOOD MEN is Gripping at the Central New York PlayhouseBWW Review: A FEW GOOD MEN is Gripping at the Central New York Playhouse
March 18, 2018

The latest production entertaining audiences at the Central New York Playhouse is Aaron Sorkin's suspenseful play, A Few Good Men. Sorkin later adapted the play into a major motion picture of the same name starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. Director Dustin M. Czarny has once again brought local theatergoers an intense and memorable production. The acting, set design, and meticulous direction are top notch, especially for a community theatre.

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: KINKY BOOTS Plays The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
March 14, 2018

The latest tour entertaining audiences as part of Broadway in Syracuse at the Crouse Hinds Theater is the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots, featuring a book by Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.

BWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet Charms With ALADDIN at Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: Syracuse City Ballet Charms With ALADDIN at Crouse Hinds Theater
March 12, 2018

The Syracuse City Ballet, the only professional ballet serving the Central New York community, brought the enchanting ballet of Aladdin to life this past weekend at Crouse Hinds Theater in Syracuse, New York. The production was directed and choreographed by founding artistic director Kathleen Rathbun and it once again brought down the house. Like all Syracuse City Ballet productions, this one provided a wonderful opportunity for local professional, pre-professional, and student dancers to perform alongside national and international guest artists.

BWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND is Heartwarming at The Redhouse at City CenterBWW Review: ON GOLDEN POND is Heartwarming at The Redhouse at City Center
March 10, 2018

Devotion, passion, and drive are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of The Redhouse, 'a nonprofit, multi-arts organization dedicated to the production and presentation of interdisciplinary works, theatre, music and visual art.' The Redhouse has become a large part of the theatre scene within the Central New York area and it now has a new location at Syracuse, NY's City Center, just a few blocks away from its starter home. The Redhouse may have moved on to a larger venue with three performing spaces, but the heart is still very much there. What better way to open a new space than with the touching, entertaining, and heartwarming production of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, brilliantly directed by Vincent J. Cardinal.

BWW Review:  A RAISIN IN THE SUN is Compelling at Syracuse StageBWW Review: A RAISIN IN THE SUN is Compelling at Syracuse Stage
February 25, 2018

Syracuse Stage has once again brought an intense and gripping production to the local stage. This time around it is Lorraine Hansberry's American classic play A Raisin in the Sun (in a co-production with Indiana Repertory Theatre) captivating audiences.

BWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds TheaterBWW Review: A CHORUS LINE is Sensational at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds Theater
February 22, 2018

The national tour of the classic musical A Chorus Line is entertaining audiences at The Oncenter Crouse Hinds theatre in Syracuse, New York. The production - restaged by Baayork Lee based on Michael Bennett's original direction and choreography - is 'One Singular Sensation.' With masterful music by Marvin Hamlisch, unique lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a flawless book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, it is no wonder that the original production received nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize in 1976.

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is Powerful at The Baldwinsville Theatre GuildBWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is Powerful at The Baldwinsville Theatre Guild
February 4, 2018

Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, an ambitious community theatre in Central New York, repeatedly tackles some challenging large-scale musicals to show off local talents. Their latest musical production is none other than The Hunchback of Notre Dame, featuring a principal cast of ten, an ensemble of seven, a 22-member choir, and a live orchestra under the meticulous direction of Abel Searor.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL is Electrifying at Syracuse StageBWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL is Electrifying at Syracuse Stage
January 28, 2018

Under the brilliant direction of Robert Hupp, the Artistic Director of Syracuse Stage, Next to Normal is thrilling audiences at Syracuse Stage with its intense story, dynamite singers, and powerful score. The uniquely brilliant musical covers many controversial topics such as grief, suicide, drug abuse, and modern psychiatry. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical is one that demands excellent actor-singers to properly showcase the music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Director Hupp has assembled a top-notch group of performers that beautifully capture the emotional and powerful music and story. The lead role of Diana is played by Broadway veteran Judy McLane. Among her impressive credits includes more than 4,000 performances of the Broadway hit Mamma Mia!. She and the other cast members, deliver intense, emotional, and delivers truly electrifying performances.



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