BIG BAND BROADWAY with Ashley Brown | The Philly Pops

BIG BAND BROADWAY with Ashley Brown

Todd Ellison, Conductor

Parx Casino, Xcite Center

2999 Street Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
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01 June 2019
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Ashley Brown, Vocalist

Todd Ellison, Music Director

Matt Gallagher, Leader of The Philly POPS BIG Band

The Philly POPS BIG Band

Broadway royalty comes to the Xcite Center! In a sneak preview of the POPS’ new Music Director, Tony-nominated Broadway legend Todd Ellison swings the BIG Band into PARX. Award-winning Disney princess Ashley Brown, famous for her roles as Mary Poppins and Snow White, brings her show-stopping voice to a night of glamor, drama, and romance!

Ashley brought down the house last spring with the POPS with her unforgettable “My Way.” This best of Broadway showcases Hamlisch, Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers, and Kern. It’s everyone’s favorite showtunes presented with The Philly POPS BIG Band’s swinging swagger. 

Guest Artists

Ashley Brown, vocalist


Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. Ashley also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour which earned her a 2010 Garland award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Her other Broadway credits include Belle in The Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in the national tour of Disney's On The Record.

Ashley recently returned to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to star in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma.  She previously played Magnolia opposite Nathan Gunn in Francesca Zembello’s Showboat at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ashley has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America. She has also performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban.

Ashley made her solo concert debut at the Kennedy Center as part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series, and has appeared in New York City at prestigious venues including Feinstein’s at the Regency and Birdland. Other projects include a star turn at the La Jolla Playhouse in a production of Limelight, Sound of Music at the St. Louis MUNY which garnered her a Kevin Kline award, and her own PBS special called Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible which received a PBS Telly Award.

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher, The Philly POPS BIG Band leader


Matt Gallagher is principal trumpet with The Philly POPS and has performed in the orchestra for 7 years.

Matt is the prototypical lead trumpet player with extensive credits with professional bands and orchestras across the east coast. He has performed with several Broadway show productions and artists, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Philly POPS, Diana Krall, Hugh Jackman, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Barry Manilow, and many others. Matt is currently the principal trumpet player for The Philly POPS and the lead trumpet sub for the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition, Matt is a studio trumpet player at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and recently recorded for Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and LL Cool J, to name a few.

Matt is equally committed to both teaching and performing. He is the chair of the Trumpet department, “Z” Big Band director and music education professor at the University of the Arts.

Matt Gallagher earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education from West Chester University and earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in 2001.

The Philly POPS BIG Band


The Philly POPS BIG Band performs throughout the Philadelphia region. Composed of 18-20 musicians – five saxophones, five trumpets, four trombones, a drum set, a piano, a guitar, and bass – the BIG Band plays swing, ragtime and jazz in the style of the Count Basie Orchestra and Harry James Band while expanding its repertoire into all kinds of popular music from Latin to funk and rock. The Philly POPS BIG Band members were chosen for their passion for popular music. Each is also a teaching artist, adept at instructing the next generation of musicians.