JUDY BLAZER (Bessie Thomashefsky) began her career as a young singer in opera, oratorio, and recital in New York City and throughout Italy. She moved into Broadway theater with leading roles in Me and My Girl (Sally), A Change in the Heir (Prince Conrad), Titanic (Lady Caroline), Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway (Cindy). Last season she could be seen in LoveMusik, directed by Harold Prince. Off-Broadway, she was featured in Candide (the Old Lady) with New York City Opera, The House of Bernalda Alba (LTC), Sweeney Todd (the Beggar Woman) with New York City Opera, the Torch Bearers (Florence) with The Drama Dept., Lincoln Center’s Hello Again by Michael John LaChiusa (Drama Desk nomination), The Roundabout’s Hurrah at Last by Richard Greenberg and the New York City Center Encores production of Connecticut Yankee (Alice/Sandy).
Blazer has sung at the Metropolitan Opera as a soloist in Twyla Tharp’s Everlast with American Ballet Theatre, and she has performed in concert at Lincoln Center singing the music of Ricky Ian Gordon, and at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater singing the songs of Michael John La-Chiusa. She has recorded the music of both these artists and has been a guest on the recordings of Mandy Patinkin and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.
Blazer has been seen on television in two episodes of Law and Order (as Defense Attorney Simon and as Clara Porazzi, convicted murderer), As the World Turns (Ariel), Guiding Light (Marissa), and as a featured artist on two PBS specials: Bernstein’s New York and In Performance at the White House. Regionally, she has played the title roles in Funny Girl at Sundance Theater, The Miracle Worker at George Street Playhouse, My Fair Lady at the Paper Mill Playhouse and the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Peter Pan at Artpark, and The Night Governess at McCarter Theatre. She has also been seen as Maria in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Long Wharf Theatre and as Lily Garland in On the 20th Century with the American Musical Theatre of San Jose.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Blazer has been on the voice faculty of New York University and a guest teacher at Wright State University, the University of California at Davis, and Notre Dame de Namur University.