13 May 2014
Judy Blazer shares her expertise with music theatre students
Broadway veteran Judy Blazer has shown University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) music theatre students just what it takes to make it on the big stage in a master class held in Preston.
The celebrated and universally respected actor, singer, teacher, and voice coach visited UCLan to speak about her distinguished career which has spanned from opera, oratorio and recital in earlier years to a career in musical theatre, straight plays, television and concerts.
Judy also worked with several UCLan music theatre students on vocal technique, musicianship, song communication, acting, diction and performance physicalisation.
The acclaimed performer commented: “To me, an artist must explore all styles of music, singing and prose to call themselves true members of the musical theatre world. It is an extremely tall order but it not only leads us to more employment, it gives us a much larger palate to draw from in what can be a long and fulfilling artistic life.”
Judy has incorporated many different styles and singing into her work. She has performed 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) and a major role in LoveMusik (Brecht’s mistress), directed by Harold Prince. She has sung leading roles in a wide variety of operas, has her own voice studio and runs a small theatre company and school in New York called The Artist’s Crossing in which she explores with students of varying artistic backgrounds, all types of approaches to performance and technique.
"It was a truly delightful night for me. We must all value the offered schools of acting and music, for they will inform our work for the rest of our lives."
Speaking of her UCLan visit Judy said: “It was a truly delightful night for me. We must all value the offered schools of acting and music, for they will inform our work for the rest of our lives. It is our instinct and ability to draw from this plethora of information we receive in our artistic education that leads us to choosing whichever approach we need for any given role or performance.”
Music theatre student Bradley Maxwell Lewis Judge was given the opportunity to work with Judy as part of the master class. He said: “As a young actor going into the performing industry it was great to talk to Judy about her experiences, her career and how she started out. Work-shopping my songs with different singing and acting techniques was so helpful and insightful. The feedback and advice she gave to me is invaluable and I will continue to use the techniques she gave me to help keep improving my performance standard.”
Fellow music theatre student Tom Brassington added: “To work with somebody of her calibre and with the energy and drive for music theatre she has was overwhelming. This was by far one of my most cherished and inspiring moments at UCLan.”
Another master class attendee, Emily Bird, said: “Judy imparted her many years of knowledge with a sense of humour and was a supportive mentor throughout. I will never forget the advice and skills she taught me in such a short period of time.”
Briony Jones also benefitted from the master class. She commented: “It was such an amazing experience to be able to work with such a wonderful, talented lady of her calibre.”
Head of Music Theatre at UCLan Mark Goggins said it was an honour to welcome Judy to the University. “Judy is an experienced performer who has worked in a wide variety of genres throughout her career. She is the perfect person to inspire current UCLan music theatre students and for those given the opportunity to work closely with her, it is a rare chance to learn from a Broadway veteran and benefit from her wealth of experience.”