News & Performances

  • Mambo Italiano

    Come see Joy play the matriarch in Mambo Italiano - The big family musical where no one comes out hungry! 

    When: August 8th to September 29th.

    Where: Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, NY

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  • Anna Christie Opera World Premiere Recording

    Listen to Joy sing the role of Marthy in this opera based on the play by Eugene O'Neill.

    Music by Edward Thomas | Libretto by Joseph Masteroff

    Julian Wachner, Conductor

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    REVIEWS FROM THE LIVE SHOW

    "Mezzo Joy Hermalyn gave a nuanced, colorful performance as the warm-hearted floozy Marthy"
    - Opera News

    "Marthy -a funny/endearing performance by Joy Hermalyn"
    - Schmopera.com 

    "As Marthy, Chris's goodtime girl and Jimmy-the-Priest's saloon regular, mezzo-soprano Joy Hermalyn also deserves mention. She provides comic relief and captures the portrayal of a denizen of an O'Neill dive bar perfectly."
    - TalkinBroadway.com 

    "As Christopherson’s companion Marthy, Joy Hermalyn, set the tone for what was to come for Anna if she remained a prostitute. Hermalyn was bold and vivacious, showcasing how humor can be beneficial whatever the life circumstance – a beacon of hope for the downtrodden."
    - OperaWire.com


  • Anna Christie

    Come see Joy as Marthy Owen in the world premiere music drama based on Eugene O'Neill's award-winning play. 

    When: October 4 - 21

    Where: Encompass New Opera Theater, 138 South Oxford Street, Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY

    Tickets and more information

    REVIEWS

    "As Marthy, Chris's goodtime girl and Jimmy-the-Priest's saloon regular, mezzo-soprano Joy Hermalyn also deserves mention. She provides comic relief and captures the portrayal of a denizen of an O'Neill dive bar perfectly."
    Talkin’ Broadway - James Wilson

    "In the brief but memorable role of Marthy, Chris’s aging girlfriend and longtime seafaring companion, the versatile Joy Hermalyn used her powerful lower range and impressive comic gifts to sketch a vivid, likably colorful character…and performed with outstanding diction!"
    ZealNYC - Josh Rosenblum

    "Joy Hermalyn brought a brassy mezzo-soprano and prickly bearing as Marthy, a colorful old regular at Chris’s favorite dingy pub."
    NY Classical Review - Eric Simpson

    "Marthy was played in a brief but funny & endearing performance by Joy Hermalyn."
    Schmopera.com - Loren Lester

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About Joy

Joy has been singing, acting and attempting to dance for an extremely long time. Beginning at age 8 in her first role as the title character in Oliver! (apparently there were no actual boys in Teaneck, New Jersey), Joy has been trying to stay in show business ever since. She transitioned from child actor, to regular kid, to actor with a child thanks to her very supportive family. Joy loves musical theatre, opera, symphonic music, movies and a good rock concert equally. With credits ranging from Romper Room to Serpico to Fiddler on the Roof to The Crucible, Joy loves the life that chose her, though sometimes yearns for the stability her civilian friends enjoy. Well, only sometimes.

Career Highlights

THE VISIT  Mrs. Hanke, Ambassador Theatre
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF  Fruma Sarah/Rivka/Yente, Minskoff Theatre
LA BOHEME ON BROADWAY  Joe Jonas's Mother, Broadway Theatre
CANDIDE  Old Lady/Baroness, Gershwin Theatre
A CHRISTMAS CAROL  Mrs Cratchit/Mrs Fezziwig, Madison Square Garden
CYRANO - THE MUSICAL  Chaperone, Neil Simon Theatre
7 DEADLY SINS  Patti LuPone standby, Lincoln Center
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY  Cora, Roundabout Theatre

MUSIC IN THE AIR  Anna, ENCORES! City Center
SWEENEY TODD  Mrs Lovett, Casa Manana
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN  Annie Oakley, Utah Festival Opera Co
BRIGADOON  Meg Brockie, Paper Mill Playhouse
INTO THE WOODS  Witch, Utah Festival Opera Co
LEONCAVALLO'S LA BOHEME  Musetta, New York Grand Opera
CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA  Lola, Tulsa Opera
LE COMTE ORY  Ragonde, L'Opera Francais
FAUST  Marthe, Lyric Opera of Kansas City
RIGOLETTO  Countess/Page, Spoleto Italy
HMS PINAFORE  Buttercup, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
THE MIKADO  Katisha, Dayton Opera
PIRATES OF PENZANCE  Ruth, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
THE SOUND OF MUSIC  Sister Berthe, Carnegie Hall