January 9, 1962|
Wolcott, Connecticut, U.S.
|Genres||Vocal, show tunes, torch songs|
|Labels||PS Classics, Arbors|
|Associated acts||John Pizzarelli|
Jessica Molaskey (born January 9, 1962, Wolcott, Connecticut) is an American professional actor and singer of torch songs and show tunes. She has appeared in a dozen Broadway shows, including Sunday in the Park with George, Tommy, Crazy for You, Chess, Oklahoma!, Cats, City of Angels, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
She has premiered theater pieces Off-Broadway, including the Jason Robert Brown 1995 musical Songs for a New World, A Man of No Importance, and Parade at Lincoln Center, Dream True at the Vineyard Theatre, Stephen Sondheim's Wise Guys (New York Theater Workshop), The Most Happy Fella as part of the Encores! series at City Center and many world premieres in regional theaters across the U.S. Molaskey performed the role of Sister Bertha in NBC's The Sound of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood.
She has performed in concert all over the world from Carnegie Hall to Disney Hall and in jazz festivals from Montreal to Monterey. Her songwriting skills can be heard on dozens of recordings, including Cradle and All which she wrote with Ricky Ian Gordon for Audra McDonald's Build a Bridge album and The Greedy Tadpole, part of a commission for McDonald of the Seven Deadly Sins for Carnegie Hall. Her concert Portraits of Joni, as part Lincoln Center's American Songbook series, featured her daughter Madeleine Pizzarelli on guitar and vocals.
She is married to jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli, who has appeared on her solo albums. For almost a decade they have taken up residence for months at a time performing at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. Stephen Holden's review in The New York Times proclaimed, "At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I would call them the supreme nightclub act of our time." Other artists who have performed with Molaskey include Dave Frishberg (Live at the Algonquin), Bucky Pizzarelli, Martin Pizzarelli, Johnny Frigo, and Adam Guettel. She co-hosts a nationally syndicated weekly two-hour radio program called Radio Deluxe with her husband from "the most deluxe living room from high atop Lexington Avenue".