"A highlight from cinderella: A magical Musical Tale with American pops orchestra was Grisso's touching rendition of Somewhere Over The Rainbow"
-DC Metro Arts
"Gives a charming and well-sung performance."
"MaryJoanna Grisso brings a youthful innocence and sweetness to her performance, along with a pure and soaring voice that is more than up to the challenges of this role."
"A Maria of pure enchantment. Gorgeous and impassioned Balcony scene... Superb songbird..."
"Crystalline soprano- so pure and effervescent that I sometimes questioned if she was even singing but then her tone would shine through, proving Grisso in consummate mastery of her voice.
In The News
"The amazing Grisso returns to the pivotal role of "Maria" and is just plain wonderful. Marvelous rendition between Tony and Maria of "One Hand, One Heart", and their "Finale" together which literally brought tears to my eyes."
"Super trooper MaryJoanna Grisso is the star of one of the more hilarious recurring bits of Propaganda! The Musical. "
-Theatre in the Now NYC
MaryJoanna Grisso is a New York City based actor and singer. She has performed all over North America sharing stories on stage. After training in piano, flute, harp, and voice as a child, she studied classical voice and theatre at West Virginia University. Shortly after college, MaryJoanna booked her dream role of Maria in the Broadway National tour of West Side Story (dir. David Saint / chor. Joey McKneeley). She has continued to play her dream role over 600 times at notable theatres across the country, garnering her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her performance at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (dir. Matthew Gardiner).
Earlier this year, MaryJoanna made her American Pops Orchestra debut in a new adaption of Cinderella, playing the title role and singing songs of the Great American Song Book. She performed at the Pearl Theatre in New York City in the original cast of Propaganda! The Musical, and from there went on to play another dream role of Cosette in Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre in New Hampshire. Other notable performance experiences have led Grisso to Carnegie Hall singing Mozart's Requiem and to the Pittsburgh Pops singing in Broadway Rocks under the direction of the late Marvin Hamlisch. Her work has allowed her to perform with many wonderful regional companies such as Oklahoma Lyric Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Theatre, The Palace Theatre, The Wick Theatre, Opryland, and West Virginia Public Theatre.
Off stage, Grisso was a featured member on screen in an MTV series called Show Choir, and has appeared on HULUs, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. When not onstage, MaryJoanna has had the pleasure of singing at the home of former Vice President Joe and Jill Biden, signing the national anthem for the Chicago Cubs, and appearing on Hallmark’s Home and Family, singing her favorite material – West Side Story. Grisso also sings in a professional a cappella group called The Perfect Fifths and performs as a cantor at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Herald Square.