A new musical that tells the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air.
The Off-Broadway production of Unexpected Joy closed May 27, 2018. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: In modern day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her tightly wound conservative daughter and her sweet rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams and goals. "Unexpected Joy" is a heartfelt and hilarious story that weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in uniting a family that hasn’t experienced true joy together for decades.
Author and lyricist Bill Russell's stage musicals include "Elegies for Angels" and "Punks and Raging Queens," both co-written with "Unexpected Joy" composer Janet Hood. Russell wrote the books and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Side Show," which was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Musical.
The four-member female cast features Courtney Balan, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Luba Mason and Celeste Rose. Amy Anders Corcoran ("Escape to Margaritaville") directs.What's the York Theatre Company?
Founded in 1969, this Off-Broadway company based within St. Peter's Church on Lexington and 54th Street has focused on the development of new musicals. More here