Evita (Eva Perón)
City Island Theatre, NYC
“Playing the challenging title role is Ashley Wool. Vocally flawless, she brought a real hardnosed persona to the character, capturing Evita’s steely ambition and sensual nature. Ms. Wool has an undeniable presence and commanded the stage. The room fell silent when her rendition of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ filled the auditorium at the start of the second act; a raw and breathtakingly emotional performance.”
-Maria Beltre, OnStage New York
“Eva’s character moves from cold blooded and ambitious to physically frail over the course of the show, and Ashley Wool beautifully depicted her deterioration, making a powerful connection with the audience in her reprise of ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.’ The chemistry between Ashley Wool’s Eva and Nic Anthony Calabro’s Juan Perón was a great asset to the production.”
Love, Sex & the I.R.S. (Kate Dennis)
City Island Theatre, NYC
“Ashley Wool, as Kate, went energetically and appealingly from indecision to resolution, as she confirmed her character’s life goals.”
The Addams Family (Wednesday Addams)
Westchester Regional Premiere with Little Radical Theatrics, Yonkers, NY
OnStage Critics' Award Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
OnStage Critics' Award Nominee, Outstanding Principal Cast in a Musical
“Ashley Wool exuded the right blend of darkness and teenage angst as Wednesday, with a set of pipes that can’t be denied.”
-Samantha Diaz, OnStage New York
Character Breakdown: A Cabaret
One-woman show at The Winery at St. George
“The show features some fantastic and brutally honest narratives on various subjects from auditioning, to working as a barista, love and even a dab of politics. These detailed and revealing anecdotes serve as clever segues into great musical performances....Ms. Wool, a 2015 OnStage Critics Award Nominee, shows off an impressive range and power with her vocals. Whether it's bringing the right amount of personality to ‘Buenos Aires’ from Evita or smoothness to ‘Easy to be Hard’ from Hair....The highlight for me was her rendition of ‘Sheridan Square,’ a little known song by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman...Ms. Wool gave this song its due with thoughtful soft vocals providing a poignant moment in the evening....While talking about the struggles of trying to ‘make it’ is nothing new to cabaret shows, Ms. Wool brings a certain authenticity and personality in her writing which is particularly memorable.”
-Chris Peterson, OnStage NY
The Unpredictable Times (Samantha)
AEA Reading, NYC, dir. Lee Lewis
"Ashley Wool has such a maturity yet angst that I have been searching years for when it comes to the role of Samantha."
-Kevin Ray Johnson, Playwright
Not Otherwise Specified
Debut Independent EP released 2006
"Another potential gem from the depths of Myspace Music. The New York native makes a very good impression in her debut, self-released album, Not Otherwise Specified. In her Myspace profile, she lists a lot of current and former teen pop idols and the teen pop vibe is felt throughout the album, but teen pop wanna-be she is not. Her pop is piano and drum-set driven, giving it a slight jazzy feel. The musical theater major combines her classical training with plenty of pop sensibilities, creating a sound like no other in music and drawing fans from almost any genre."
-Alan Ho, Musiqtone.com
"Not Otherwise Specified showcases a powerful voice amid songs of various structures and moods - flavours of pop, rock and jazz are evident. You can expect the unexpected in some ways, and it's refreshing to see someone so young demonstrating enough talent to suggest that she is on the verge of something more substantial. I suggest you have a listen to her vocal capabilities and witty, mature storytelling."
-Carmine Pascuzzi, MediaSearch Australia
"Ashley Wool has a voice like a diva, the soul of a punk rocker... But no, you can't just put her in a box like that. There are elements of funk and heavy rock and roll in her music, too, coy hints of Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morrisette... plus maybe even an ironic echo going back to Captain Beefheart or Frank Zappa. And through it all, there is that voice, theater trained and yet hell-bent to rock out and have fun, like a more rocking Kelly Clarkson. Not that Ashley is interested in winning American Idol. Ultimately she's sounds like she's out there to be herself."
-Bryan Wilkinson, The Lust Killers
"The album moves in different directions--fast, slow, exciting, but never dull. To the listener it is almost difficult to believe that the music is being performed by a talent of such a young age. Not Otherwise Specified is a refreshing departure from the run of the mill music of mainstream singers."
-L. Anne Carrington, IndieMusicStop