News & Performances

  • My Favorite Year at the York Theatre

    Joy is thrilled to be performing in the world premiere of a newly reimagined version of the 1992 musical My Favorite Year, part of the York Theatre Musicals in Mufti series. Catch her with the 14-member cast including Adam Chanler-Berat (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Tony nominees Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) and Richard Kind (The Producers). The show features a book by Joseph Dougherty and a score by Tony-winning songwriting partners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Watch a preview of rehearsal footage and interviews with the cast.

    York Theatre Company, 619 Lexington Avenue

    December 5 - 7

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  • A Wake or a Wedding

    Joy is excited to appear in the world premiere of Richard Pearson Thomas' comic opera A Wake or a Wedding at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in NYC.

    November 6 - 16

    Thursday through Saturday @ 8 PM
    Sunday @ 3PM

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    Reviews are in for A Wake or a Wedding

    "Joy Hermalyn gives a star performance, taking the stage and chewing the scenery with gusto, as a diva gone wild. WIth one phrase her voice growls in the basement and then opens to a thrilling mature soprano in the next. Her diction is impeccable and she "works" every one of her costumes…" - Navida Stein, StageBuddy

    "Joy Hermalyn provided the most comic relief and biggest voice of the group as Marcella Sorella, the wedding entertainer, reminiscent of Bette Midler." - Gloria Talamas,



  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Catch Joy reprising the role of Fruma Sarah in the 50th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT.

    June 27 - September 12

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    Reviews for Fiddler

    "Joy Hermalyn is terrific in the part of Fruma Sarah, Lazar's dead wife whom Tevye conjures in a dream. Loved the costume with the huge pearls!" - Lauren Yarger, Broadway World

    "The ghostly role of Fruma-Sarah was performed by Joy Hermalyn (in her Goodspeed debut) in a role that she played on Broadway for two years. Towering on the stage, she made the entire dream sequence pretty impressive." - Nancy Sasso Janis, Naugatuck Patch

    "Kudos to Joy Hermalyn as the haunting Fruma-Sarah in the droll "Dream" sequence." - Kristina Dorsey,

    "... and strong-voiced Joy Hermalyn make for a formidable Fruma Sarah." - Frank Rizzo, The Hartford Courant

    "... Giving Fruma-Sarah, the pièce de résistance in the dream Tevye invents, an Ethel Merman-style belting solo was a hilarious choice on Bock’s part, and Joy Hermalyn does it full justice here." - Steve Vineberg,

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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

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
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