I'd like to share some thoughtful words written about some of my performances over the years. Please enjoy!
Dolores Claiborne: New York City Opera 2017 - "Vera Donovan"
Eric C. Simpson - New York Classical Review "Every bit as engaging, though of an entirely different mould, was Jessica Tyler Wright as Vera. She showed a bright, sharp soprano, and gave a portrayal dripping with self-regard, a picture-perfect suburban martinet. Wright dazzled with her tripping arpeggios in her deliciously glib Act I Aria, instructing Dolores that 'accidents can be an unhappy woman's best friend.' The force of her personality makes her eventual decay into a loveless old invalid, imprisoned in her wheelchair, breathtakingly poignant."
David Shengold - Opera News Online "Lianne Gennaco (Selena) and Jessica Tyler Wright (Vera) both showed sound techniques executing testing, across-the-break intervals; Wright in particular is a specific, nuanced actress."
Matt Costello - OperaWire "And continuing the excess of vocal riches, Jessica Tyler Wright conveys the two aspects of the wealthy Vera Donovan, a forceful woman of wealth turned old."
Richard Sasanow - BroadwayWorld "As Vera, soprano Jessica Tyler Wright was extremely effective as the socialite with lots of secrets, smart-mouthed here, pathetic at the end, using her sharp-edged soprano to cut like a knife."
Victor Gluck - TheatreScene.net "Not only does soprano Jessica Tyler Wright's Vera age from an imperious matron to a frightened old lady, she impresses with her aria in which she tells Dolores 'that accidents are an unhappy woman's best friend,' as well as in a sort of mad scene near the end."
Play Like a Winner: NYMF 2017 - "Kathy"
Candide: New York City Opera 2017 - "Paquette"
Anthony Tommasini - New York Times "Jessica Tyler Wright, who has an extensive Broadway resume, makes a suitably coquettish and compliant Paquette, the comely serving maid."
Heidi Waleson - Wall Street Journal "Jessica Tyler Wright was nicely piquant rather than slutty as the up-for-anything maid, Paquette."
Patrick Clement James - Parterre.com "Regarding the performances, only Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde and Jessica Tyler Wright as Paquette succeed both theatrically and vocally. Picerno's Cunegonde is a savvy ingenue whose flexible soprano boosters a winning, charismatic sense of humor. And Wright displays equally hilarious cheekiness as the sexually adventurous Paquette."
Joseph Cermatori - Village Voice "Broadway veteran Gregg Edelman leads the company energetically in the demanding dual role of Voltaire and Pangloss; he's joined by musical theatre luminaries Chip Zien, Brooks Ashmanskas and Jessica Tyler Wright in a handful of smaller parts."
Michael Dale - Broadwayworld.com "Richly-voiced baritone Keith Phares is very funny as Cunegonde's narcissistic brother, Maximillan, and Wright, though her role has been cut down considerably, still makes a fine impression as the coquettish maid Paquette."
Jeremy Gerard - Deadline.com "Jay Armstrong Johnson is an ideally callow yet determined Candide, and equally well-cast are Jessica Tyler Wright as Paquette and Keith Phares as Maximillian."
Allegro: Classic Stage Company, 2014 - "Marjorie Taylor" (Lortel nominee, Featured Actress)
Michael Glitz - Huffington Post "And what a strong cast: (Malcolm) Gets brings innate charm to the small but cornerstone role of Joe Sr. You just know he's a good man. And Wright is wonderful as his wife."
Michael Sommers - New Jersey Newsroom "Elizabeth A. Davis, who plays the violin, sharply depicts his manipulative wife whose big scene where she squares off with her husband's mother, played by the sweet-voiced Jessica Tyler Wright, is chilling."
WMNR Fine Arts Radio "Jessica Tyler Wright, whose voice is superb, is his mother, Marjorie"
Harry Forbes - Operetta Research Center "Jessica Tyler Wright as Joe's mother Marjorie projects the requisite warmth... Marjorie's confrontation scene with Jenny is one of the strongest written in the show, and Wright and Davis play it extremely well."
Kiss Me Kate: Music Theatre of Wichita, 2009 - "Lily/Kate"
Bob Curtright - Wichita Eagle "McGowan and (Tyler) Wright are fearless and hilarious as they bicker and battle - on stage and off - as their characters merge with themselves. The two are also thrilling in voice, whether luxuriating in something lushly romantic like "So in Love" or soaring into the operetta stratosphere with "Wunderbar" or the comically lamenting "I hate Men" (Wright) and "Where is the Life That Late I Led?" (McGowan). Wright's high notes are ethereal, and McGowan's power can pin you to your seat."
Candide: New York City Opera, 2008 - "Paquette"
Allan Kozinn - New York Times "Agility was a quality all the singers shared...there were strong contributions from Judith Blazer as the Old Lady and Jessica (Tyler) Wright as Paquette."
David Finkle - Theatremania.com "Well-earned nods also go to first-timer Jessica (Tyler) Wright as the sex-pottier Pacquette and to Kyle Phortmiller for throwing himself whole-hearted into silly Maximilian, who at one point pretends to be a buxom courtesan.
Annie: North Shore Music Theatre, 2012 - "Grace Farrell"
Sally Applegate - Wickedlocal.com "Jessica Tyler Wright brings a warm soprano voice to her performance as Grace Farrell, the reassuring secretary at the Warbucks mansion, who is ultimately responsible for rescuing Annie."
Music Man: Music Theater of Wichita, 2011 - "Marian"
Bob Curtright - Wichita Eagle "Wright, who was in "Company" and "Sweeney Todd," has a lovely, impressive soprano that is between Broadway and opera...she has an edge of quality that elevates everything she sings. Her "Till There Was You" and "My White Knight" are thrilling."
Ten Cents A Dance: Williamstown Theatre Festival and the McCarter Theatre, 2011 - "Miss Jones 3"
Ben Brantley - New York Times "Pretty much everyone is close to perfection here. (Mary-Mitchell Campbell's musical direction and orchestration are inspired, never too slick or too ragged.) No one stands out because this is, above all, a conceptual show, in which each performer feeds the same flow of sensibility.
Yet I remember specific expressions on the faces of everyone in this production: expressions of doubt and bitterness and wonder and, yeah, something like love. Normally, when I get in the car to drive home from Williamstown, the first thing I do is turn on the radio. This time I drove in silence. I didn't want to dislodge all those gossamer voices and visions that Mr. Doyle had spun out of shadows and that continued to play in my head."
Radio Gals: The Cape Playhouse, 2013 - "America"
Kathleen A. Fahle - Cape Cod Times "Jessica Tyler Wright, who plays the character America, also has a great voice. She could not be more energetic and perkier, and really plays violin, saxophone, clarinet and flute."
Maggie Kulbokas - Capecodtoday.com "Jessica Tyler Wright as America and Katrina Yaukey as Rennabele are captivating--each in their own way. Wright's America fits like a glove and it stands to reason--she was involved in the original Off Broadway production of the show."