Playbill PlaylistPlaybill Mixtape: The Great Comet’s Brittain Ashford Shares Her Road Tour PlaylistThe Broadway star and singer-songwriter offers a mix of her own music and the tunes that spark cherished memories.
Best known for her achingly melancholic performance of “Sonya Alone” in Broadway’s Tony-nominated Best Musical, it turns out Ashford’s personal taste skews towards the somber.
“I admit, I've always leaned towards the melancholy variety of music, taking solace in the sad songs of those I felt really understood me,” says Ashford. “What better way to work through your own sorrows than to marinate in the emotional mess of those who have come before?”
And while she admits she could write “an essay” about why she chose each track, suffice it to say Ashford remembers the first time she heard each of these artists. “These are all brief snapshots of where I was and what I needed at very specific times: in my parents’ basement, listening to the White Album on repeat; when I was 15, in a dirty venue in a dumpy part of Seattle, seeing the Softies; working at an art supply store my freshman year of college, hearing Iron & Wine's first album; Hedwig on repeat in my headphones my sophomore year of college.”
Ashford’s wish for listeners: “I hope that these songs find you the way they found me—in moments of despair and hope.”
Introducing the Playbill Mixtape, specially curated playlists released every other Thursday to fulfill the listening needs of any musical theatre fan. This week, we bring you the vocals of your favorite female villains and vixens.