Ashley is a born and raised New Yorker. She grew up singing in church and always loved performing. While in New York, Ashley performed in over a dozen shows, including singing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 54 Below, and more. She left New York City to attend Harvard University where she pursued a degree in Sociology with a minor in Theater, and a certificate in Spanish. Now she's back in NYC to pursue her career full-time. Check out the News section for more highlights or download Ashley's headshot and resume below!
Playing Natalie in a new take on Next to Normal
Most recently, Ashley revived the role of Natalie in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal at Westport Country Playhouse. Directed and choreographed by Marcos Santana, the show centered a mixed Afro-Latiné family as they navigated the nuances of mental illness. Ashley and the star cast received rave reviews! Tom Kitt said the production was “beautiful and riveting… performed by a powerhouse cast.” Check out a couple other highlights:
“Ashley LaLonde is agonizingly perfect as the daughter who yearns for a simple, even dull existence.” - Bonnie Goldberg, CT Insider
“Ashley LaLonde... delivers a genuine, thought-provoking performance that is so honest and so real, you can't take your eyes off her for a moment. Her singing voice is absolutely perfect, imbued with a refreshing, reflective snap that gives her character's emotional journey additional weight, purpose and attention.” - James V. Ruocco, From the Desk
Starring in the World Premiere of Punk Rock Girl!
Ashley starred as Angela Quivers in the World Premiere musical: Punk Rock Girl! Written and orchestrated by Joe Iconis (Be More Chill) and Rob Rokicki (The Lightning Thief), the comedic show features a score of classic rock songs from Blondie, Pink, Avril Lavigne, and more as well as originals. The story follows Angela, an awkward 16-year-old perfectionist, who feels like she'll never fit in... until she meets Proxi and finds herself through thrown into the world of punk rock music. Directed by Jennifer Werner (Book of Mormon) and music directed by Jennifer Peacock, Punk Rock Girl! ran at the new Argyle Theatre from January 20th - February 27th this year. Ashley is thrilled to have originated this role. Make sure to check out the feature Playbill wrote on Ashley's starring role below!
New York Projects
Ashley starred as Alice in the developmental lab of the new musical Alice's Wonderland, directed by Stephanie Klemons (Hamilton, If/Then, In the Heights). The show is a revamp of the classic tale, crafted for modern ears by the brilliant J. Quinton Johnson (Hamilton, ABC's "Dirty Dancing") and Julia Reiw (Thumbelina at A.R.T.). Invited audience presentations were held at Amas Musical Theatre in NYC. This past January, Ashley performed as "Superstar" in the new musical The Oldenburg Suite, live in concert in NYC. You can also find Ashley performing in numerous shows and concerts at 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, and more in the coming months. Check her instagram @ashleylalaa for live updates.
Ashley was asked to solo at Harvard's (Virtual) Commencement in 2020. She was honored to be featured alongside world-renowned performers, Yo-Yo Ma and Conan O'Brien. Watch her rendition of "Home" from The Wiz on Harvard's official Youtube. Additionally, Ashley was asked to perform in the Dalton School's Annual Benefit alongside Neil Patrick Harris for a fun evening of singing about food. Check out her take on Sara Bareilles' "What Baking Can Do." Ashley also performed alongside Gaten Matarazzo and Meg Donnelly in Harmonize Against Hunger, a virtual benefit concert raising money for Project Broadway and Feeding America. More recently, Ashley collaborated for a cover of Hamilton's "First Burn" that featured Harvard women of color. Hamilton's official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter re-shared the video, which was well received by fans!
Education & Recognition
Ashley graduated early from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in Sociology, a minor in Theater, Dance, and Media, and a certificate in Spanish. While at school, she continued working professionally at the American Repertory Theater (in 5 different mainstage equity shows, including two world premieres), the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Lincoln Center, and in readings & workshops in NYC. Ashley was the first student to be cast in several A.R.T. productions as an undergrad, working with Tony Award winning directors Diane Paulus and Sergio Trujillo. She also starred in two short films in Boston, one of which was directed by Paulus. Ashley received the 2019 Harvard Arts Award for Excellence in Musical Theater and was a finalist for multiple other awards at Harvard. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical in Boston by Broadway World for her performance in Violet (on a Moving Bus) directed by Sammi Cannold. Ashley is a member of Actor's Equity Association.
Making History with the Hasty Pudding
Ashley was one of the first six women, and the first ever black woman, to be cast in Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Hasty Pudding is the third oldest theater group in the world and is renowned for its original comedy musicals. For nearly 200 years, it produced shows featuring all male casts. In 2019, Ashley made history starring as Princess Theresa in their original production "France, France Revolution." Her role was a parody of the classic damsel in distress. Ashley sang the show's 11 o'clock number "Head Over Heels" every night to nearly sold out audiences in Boston, New York City, and Bermuda during the 40 show run. In 2019, Hasty Pudding honored actors Bryce Dallas Howard, Milo Ventimiglia, and Marc Anthony. The cast roasted these actors live as part of the show. Moreover, every show ended with a 15-minute long dance number. Ashley was honored to be part of this historic moment for women in theater.