Jenny Ashman’s Reina is outstanding, her strengths, fears, and self-assurance all parts of a multifaceted, complex character who may be victimized, but is nobody’s victim.
-Berkshire On Stage
Ashman was the standout; her French accent and mannerisms were on point and I wish we’d seen more of her character.
Jenny Ashman plays the French Jewess, Reina, with sensitivity and strength... In Act Two when she faces her own reality, she is superb.
-Berkshire Bright Focus
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
KANSAS CITY REP
"Ashman displays her operatic voice on several numbers, but then turns around and endearingly embodies a braying, off-key chorus girl in “Broadway Baby.”
-Kansas City Star
"The lovely Jenny Ashman – and I don’t call her that simply because it was ME whose lap she chose to perch on and to sing to in Act I – has a delightful soprano voice on “Losing My Mind,” “Broadway Baby,” and “Another Hundred People.” She also has the best bon mot, and biggest laugh in the show."
"Ashman and Thornton also had two of the best duets, the snarky “The Little Things You Do Together” and the romantic “Barcelona.” In those brief, four-minute vignettes, the two generated a mood and chemistry that felt very genuine."
"Jones and Ashman also share a fine duet on the “West Side Story” medley of “A Boy Like That”/”I Have A Love.”
"It's all entertaining, but the female duet from West Side Story ("A Boy Like That" and "I Have A Love) by Shanna Jones and Jenny Ashman is a show stopper conjuring up all the emotional punch of the original."
"In “Broadway Baby,” a song about the vagaries of reaching for that star on Broadway, Jenny Ashman’s performance is at once poignant and funny. Tragicomic. At first she’s flat on the floor almost under the piano. As she stands up, she is obviously falling-down drunk. Somehow, though, as the song progresses Ashman conveys that she may also be weak from missing a few too many meals."
"With “Another Hundred People,” Ashman, via Sondheim, puts us smack in the middle of crowded New York City. We can feel the pulse, the rush, the community and loneliness."
-Kansas City Infozine
Ashman in “A Boy Like That/I Have A Love” took my breath away.
-Perform Ink Kansas City
KANSAS CITY REP
"Jenny Ashman has more than just a little touch of star quality in the title role. She is actually the second Evita of this run—Mariand Torres opened the show, but had to bow out to begin rehearsals for her Broadway debut—but every bit the First Lady of Argentina. She’s equally adept at projecting Eva’s strength and savvy or evoking just the right note of supplication in the signature “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” reminding us why it’s one of the most iconic moments in modern musical theatre."
"Jenny Ashman gave dimension to Eva, beginning as hard as nails, becoming exalted, then more human in her decline. Her singing was brilliant, coupled with passion and, finally, with intimacy."
-The Barre Montpelier Times
"Jenny Ashman is regal and imperious, even as the young Maria Eva Duarte, who finds a way to escape her small-town life and get to the Argentine capital, where she became an actress and a radio host. Her voice conveys the young Evita’s warmth and desire, but never lacks for steel."
"You already know the iconic Don't Cry for Me, Argentina. That's a mere bonus. Jenny Ashman sings with power and finesse throughout the entire performance. Among her best scenes are her duets with Juan Peron (Mark Womack--also gifted with a great voice), and with Che."
LOST BROADWAY & MORE:
VOLUME 5 COMDEN/GREEN/STYNE
"The closing ballad, "What a Way to Go," performed by Jenny Ashman, Arlo Hill, and Michael Lowney is gorgeous and heartfelt."
SEVEN ANGELS THEATRE
“Jenny Ashman doesn't have a wardrobe problem. This actress never fails to create tension on stage and delivers a terrific performance as sharp and sassy Penny Morgan. Penny is an ambitious young woman who has a psychological problem that keeps rising to the surface until it finally breaks through.”
-The Republican American
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM
“The forceful and assured soprano of Jenny Ashman brings brio to such classics as "Losing My Mind" and "Another Hundred People."
“(Duke) teams up with Ashman in a riveting dramatic rendition of "A Boy Like That."
“Ashman is simply wonderful, whether in soprano or belter mode—soloing “Another Hundred People,” “Broadway Baby,” and a torchy “Losing My Mind.”
“Highlights include Ashman and Duke as Gypsy’s Dainty June and Rose singing “If Momma Was Married.”
“Duke and Ashman soar in “A Boy Like That,” and “I Have A Love.”
CHANDLER STUDIO THEATRE
*OVATION AWARD NOMINATED FOR FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL*
LA TIMES CRITICS CHOICE!
“Johanna is Little Women’s exquisite Jenny Ashman. Ashman brings the beauty and delicacy of a Dresden figurine to the role of Johanna, and a glorious soprano to “Green Finch and Linnet Bird.”
“Brian Maples' reedy tenor and Jenny Ashman's focused soprano adorn more interesting lovers than usual.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Jenny Ashman captures the demure grace of heroine Johanna, and her soprano voice
is lovely. Brian Maples is likewise in stellar voice and elicits strong empathy as her suitor, the sailor Anthony.”
“As the heroine Johanna, Jenny Ashman is radiant and sings divinely, and she is well matched with Brian Maples, who is likable and forceful as the good-hearted sailor Anthony, who falls in love with her. His singing is likewise exemplary.”
AS YOU LIKE IT
THE NEXT STAGE
“Ashman’s portrayal possesses a quality that’s hard to fake, but a Rosalind requirement: immense likeability. And she achieves it with no apparent effort. This is a Rosalind we’d want to hang out with over Margaritas. And she’s funny. Ashman makes the clever comedic choice that Rosalind isn’t necessarily all that smooth a liar. So disguised as Ganymede, she’s charmingly unsure as she treads water, trying to answer Orlando’s verbal parries. Think of Jennifer Aniston doing Shakespeare and you’re on the right track.”
“But the real stars of this production are our two leading ladies, Jenny Ashman (Rosalind) and Lovelle Liquigan (Celia), who, within the aforementioned style, bring such energetic fun and clarity to their roles”
“(Lovelle Liquigan) along with partner in crime Ashman, lifts the whole production several notches higher.”
“Special mention goes to Jenny Ashman for humor in handling her two roles.”
-The Tolucan Times
“Ashman and Liquigan run away with show as Rosalind and Celia – bringing amazing laughs, bright moments and joyful spontaneity. Their scenes have so much heart.”
LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL
THE LYRIC THEATRE
“Jenny Ashman makes the warm and wonderful Meg someone you simply can’t take your eyes off, in addition to possessing quite possibly the show’s finest voice.”
“More Than I Am,” Ford’s duet with Ashman, provides the evening’s best sung and most emotional moment.”
“The lovely "More Than I Am" is a highlight, as Ford and (Jenny) Ashman have the finest voices of the cast.”