Joy Franz (born June 13, 1941 in Modesto, California) is an American actress and singer, best known for her stage work. She is currently appearing as the Dowager Empress in US National Tour of Anastasia. She played Susan in the original 1972 West End production of Stephen Sondheim's Company, and the role of Cinderella's Stepmother in the original 1987 Broadway production of Sondheim's Into the Woods.
She was one of the Street Singers in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 8, 1971. She currently portrays the role of the Mother in My Damn Channel's television series Horrible People.
- In ‘Anastasia,’ Veteran Joy Franz Steels the Show, The Georgetowner, Gary Tischler, November 15, 2018
- Broadway veteran Joy Franz brings decades of music and magic to ‘Triumph of Love’, Doylestown Intelligencer, April 21, 2018