Lauren Tapper, the factory worker with a history of wrong guys who inspires Charlie’s brilliant idea of creating “kinky boots.”
A diverse up-and-coming talent, Ashford stood out in supporting roles in original musicals Dogfight, Legally Blonde and Wicked and revivals of Rent and Hair.
Other Honors for This Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nominee for Favorite Actress in a Musical
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Funny Performance
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
—Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
This is Ashford’s first Tony nomination.
Ashford ran in the same circles as Lady Gaga back in 2004 when they were part of Lady Starlight's English Disco. Ashford’s stage name was Hollywood Starr.
“I’ve never looked at a show and been like, ‘Oh, I could be the star of that.’ It’s so much more about the story and, most importantly for me, about the character, and how I can help further the plot with my character.” —Ashford in an interview with Broadway.com, 4/13