Unexpected Joy

$20-$72.50

The York Theatre Company continues its 2017/18 Season with the New York Premiere of the rousing new musical UNEXPECTED JOY, with book and lyrics by Tony nominated Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens).

Family. Love. Understanding. Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions and a week together where change is in the air. 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 conservative daughter and her 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 tackles tolerance, family ties, and the battles we fight to create our own identity. This new musical 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.

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York Theatre Company

(New York, NY)
619 Lexington Avenue
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by Aliya Al-Hassan - Sep 8, 2018
Take a feuding mother and daughter, a rebellious teenager granddaughter and throw in an outspoken lesbian feminist and you have the recipe for an unexpected treat at the Southwark Playhouse. Unexpected Joy is a new musical, written by Janet Hood and  Bill Russell, making its UK debut and follows a turbulent week in the life of one family. Hippy baby-boomer Joy is planning a memorial concert for her late singing and life partner Jump, who she never married. After inviting daughter Rachel and granddaughter Tamara, Joy must pluck up the courage to tell them that she is finally getting married the day after the concert. To a woman.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018
The European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's new musical Unexpected Joy is underway. The powerful all-female cast is made up of:Janet Fullerlove (Fortune's Fool, The Beggar's Opera) as Joy; Jodie Jacobs (Myth, Rock of Ages) as Rachel; Melanie Marshall (Guys and Dolls, Jane Eyre) as Lou; and Kelly Sweeney (Ronald William White Acting Through Song Prize Winner 2018) as Tamara.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get, with book, music, and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick, co-conceived by Sam Bolen, by arrangement with Visceral Entertainment and Mark Cortale Productions.  Directed by Max Friedman, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, and music direction/arrangements by Adam Podd, the cast will feature Sam Bolen, Jeremy Cohen, and Jon J. Peterson.  Performances begin Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, November 4, 2018 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is Thursday evening, October 11, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018
It's a celebration!  The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director) gathered to celebrate the release of three new original cast recordings of York productions from the 2017-2018 season:  Desperate Measures, Unexpected Joy, and Lonesome Blues. 
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2018
The York Theatre Company celebrates the release of three new original cast recordings of York productions from the 2017-2018 season: Desperate Measures, Unexpected Joy, and Lonesome Blues.
by TV News Desk - Sep 18, 2018
Executive Producers AKA Studio Productions (“Rules of Cool,” Fullscreen) and Kierstead Productions (Broadway's Pretty Woman, Kinky Boots, Waitress) are pleased to announce the world premiere of the pilot episode for the original drama series Mulligan, an “Official Selection” at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, one of three pilots in the world chosen to be screened at the prestigious festival.  The screening is set for Tuesday evening, September 26, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. at the Arc Light Theater (9500 Culver Blvd) in Culver City, CA. 
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018
Celebrating the centennial of Alan Jay Lerner, The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, is proud to announce that its acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series will celebrate the work of the legendary librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, whose hundredth birthday was August 31, 2018. The series honors one of the creators behind such classics as Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018
AUDELCO has announced the nominees for their 2018 'Viv' Awards, honoring Black Theatre in New York City.
by Julie Musbach - Oct 23, 2018
The Prom is bringing the party to Broadway! Performances begin tonight, Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Get to know the cast below as they begin Broadway performances!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the rediscovery of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed NEO Reading Series, an ever-growing, one-of-a-kind program dedicated to helping and propelling new, emerging, and outstanding musical theatre writers, in association with Penn State Musical Theatre, will present a staged reading of the new musical Tyrants, with music and lyrics by 2017-2018 NEO writer Alexander Sage Oyen and book by S.P. Monahan (Diva: Live From Hell) for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the rediscovery of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present staged readings of two new musicals: Michael Strogoff, Courier of the Tsar, based on the novel by Jules Verne, with book and lyrics by James Harris and music by Brad Ross; and Oh My God…Broadway!! with book, music, and lyrics by Karlan Judd. All readings will take place at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works, part 1: The World and The Want, the first workshop in a 3-part series. One of the programs in TRU Beginnings: Opportunities for Early Development of New Work, it will take placeon Sunday, December 9, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2018
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents The Songs of Silver & Stein on Sunday July 1st, 2018. Be the first to hear the fresh music of Jordan Silver and Luke Steinhauer, ranging from heart-break ballads to your new favorite bop. Their style is a unique blend of popular music with musical theatre to create an exciting new sound for the stage. They recently premiered Your Favorite Actor Friends at The Green Room 42 and Welcome to Ridgington at Signature Theatre's Soundbites Festival. You can expect to hear songs from Your Favorite Actor Friends and from their musical in development, Mr. Manhattan, about the rising culture clash in 'Way Way Uptown, U.S.A.' Come through for an incredible line-up of Broadway performers paired with a full band, serenading you with the songs of Silver & Stein.
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018
The York Theatre Company will honor Five-time Tony Award-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman (Crazy for You) with the 2018 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 27th Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala to be held on Monday evening, November 12, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018
"Glee" star Jane Lynch visited the cast of The York Theatre Company production of the new musical Unexpected Joy, with book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood. Unexpected Joy concludes its extended limited engagement this Sunday afternoon, May 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's where performances began April 24, 2018.
by Seth Tucker - May 21, 2019
The theatrical landscape has been enriched by the ambition of this daring company and "Gutenberg! The Musical!" is their newest and most refreshing addition.
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2019
Aria Entertainment, an independent producing company has announced today that they will offer a full time literary department for International New Musicals. Since 2013, Aria have offered an annual festival of new musicals which has supported over 100 new musicals in development from showcases of new musicals, to readings and also full productions - with last year's headline musical Unexpected Joy receiving premieres both in London and Off-Broadway.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2019
Midnight Theatricals celebrates opening night of for WE ARE THE TIGERS, the original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy written & composed by Preston Max Allen and produced by S. Asher Gelman, that will made its New York Premiere Off-Broadway at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place). Michael Bello directs the pitch-black comedy about a dismally low-ranking team of cheerleaders trying to survive the night while being terrorized by a serial killer. Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019
'AMPARO,' an immersive theatrical experience, makes its official South Florida premiere in the Spring of 2019 after two highly well-received theatrical pilots in New York and Miami
by Cristina Pla-Guzman - Mar 25, 2019
Approximately 330 miles…That's how far Havana, Cuba is from Miami, Florida. Within that space lies a distance of less than an hour. However, to some people it might as well be a lifetime away. I remember all my childhood being told about what Cuba used to be by my grandparents. As a third generation Cuban American living in Miami, Florida, as soon as we start to crawl, you are hearing about the good ole days before Fidel Castro stole Cuba from the people - people who still long for home. So I was thrilled to research into AMPARO. This one of a kind immersive theater experience is based on the compelling, true story of an immigrant family's triumph through exile. From present-day Miami to 1957-Cuba, where you will follow cast members through the Cuban Revolution, bearing witness to the story of the Arechabala family--founders of THE REAL HAVANA CLUB rum.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019
Garry Marshall Theatre presents the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson for 15 performances May 15 to June 2, 2019 (press opening is Friday, May 17).  The time is 1959, a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers - including "What a Moonlight Can Do," "Crazy He Calls Me," "Easy Living," "Strange Fruit," "Taint Nobody's Biz-ness If I Do," and "God Bless the Child" -- are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
by TV News Desk - Mar 24, 2019
David F. Sandberg ('Annabelle: Creation') directs New Line Cinema's 'Shazam!,' the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV's 'Chuck') as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV's 'Andi Mack') as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the 'Kingsman' movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. Peter Safran ('Aquaman,' 'The Conjuring' and 'Annabelle' films) serves as the film's producer.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018
Executive Producers Jim Kierstead (Kinky Boots, Waitress) and Michael Kushner, and producers Jack Sharkey and Tye Blue, announce the return of the Indie Award-winning series 'Indoor Boys' created, directed, and starring Broadway's Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants; NBC's 'SMASH') and Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening; Marvel's 'Iron Fist'). With a total of eight new chapters, Season Two premieres June 25, 2018 on HuffPost Queer Voices, with two episodes released each Monday for 4 weeks.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018
Indie Award-winning series 'Indoor Boys' returns today! The series is created, directed, and starring Broadway's Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants; NBC's 'SMASH') and Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening; Marvel's 'Iron Fist'). With a total of eight new chapters, Season Two premieres TODAY, MONDAY, June 25, 2018 on HuffPost Queer Voices, with two episodes released each Monday for 4 weeks.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2018
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2019
Goodspeed Musicals continues its commitment to innovative, thought-provoking new works with inspiring new musical Passing Through, based on the book Walking to Listen by Andrew Frosthoefel.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018
Casting for the European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's new musical Unexpected Joy has been announced. The powerful all-female cast is made up of: Janet Fullerlove (Fortune's Fool, The Beggar's Opera) as Joy; Jodie Jacobs (Myth, Rock of Ages) as Rachel; Melanie Marshall (Guys and Dolls, Jane Eyre) as Lou; and Kelly Sweeney (Ronald William White Acting Through Song Prize Winner 2018) as Tamara.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2018
Aria Entertainment's prestigious festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage (FPTS), which returns with gusto for a 6th successful year from September 2018, is proud to announce the seven exciting new musicals selected for the 2018 festival at London's Southwark Playhouse.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018
The newest member of the company - ironically - is its co-producer. Jim Kierstead has become synonymous with quality work on Broadway with credits that include KINKY BOOTS (Tony, Olivier), PIPPIN (Tony), WAITRESS, INDECENT, THE GREAT COMET, THE VISIT, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (all Tony nominated), M. BUTTERFLY, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, SIDE SHOW, ROCKY. Plus London: DREAMGIRLS, YANK!, THRILL ME. Off-Broadway: UNEXPECTED JOY, THRILL ME, YANK! Upcoming: PRETTY WOMAN, AIN'T TOO PROUD, SPARKLER. He is currently on the Board of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2019
Weston Playhouse Theatre Company presents a fresh take on the inimitable masterpiece, Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! (July 18 - August 10 | Weston Playhouse), Tues - Sat 7:30pm; Wed & Sat 2:00pm; Sun 3:00pm.  
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019
Back by popular demand, 54 CELEBRATES ARETHA FRANKLIN, will return for one performance only on February 17th, at 9:30pm, in a concert directed and produced by Robert W. Schneider.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019
Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast of the world premiere of THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO written by Adam Overett February 15, 2019 April 28, 2019 at the CLO Cabaret. THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO is the third musical to be given a world premiere from Pittsburgh CLO's inaugural SPARK festival, which developed musicals designed to cultivate the next generation of small-cast shows that will continue on in similar venues around the country. Tickets for this hysterical take on 'making it' in the theater are now available online at CLOCabaret.com, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, and start at $31.25.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019
Gordon Greenberg set to direct 'BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL,' as part of the inaugural MTFestUK, taking place February 18-20. Casting announced.
by Joanna Barouch - Feb 7, 2019
????Mr. Kavakos and Ms.Wang are frequent collaborators in concert and on recordings. There is such a rapport between them that an easy flow of ideas and emotions inform all of their performances.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
The York Theatre Company as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series will present a staged reading of the new musical In the Theatre with book by Joan Ross Sorkin (The Black Swan) and music and lyrics by Steven Fisher (The Little Dancer). In the Theatre will play two performances only on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2019
The York Theatre Company, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present a staged reading of the new musical Monet, with music and lyrics by Carmel Owen (Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln), and book by Joan Ross Sorkin (In the Theatre). Monet will play two performances only on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2019
Midnight Theatricals has annouced an updated performance schedule and released a new trailer for WE ARE THE TIGERS, the original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy written & composed by Preston Max Allen and produced by S. Asher Gelman, that will open Off-Broadway at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place) tonight at 8:00PM Michael Bello directs the pitch-black comedy about a dismally low-ranking team of cheerleaders trying to survive the night while being terrorized by a serial killer. Music supervision and arrangements are by Patrick Sulken. The production began previews on Thursday, February 7, 2019, and will run through April 17. www.tigersmusical.com
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2019
Gordon Greenberg set to direct 'BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL,' as part of the inaugural MTFestUK, taking place February 18-20. Casting announced.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2019
Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast of the world premiere of THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO written by Adam Overett February 15, 2019 April 28, 2019 at the CLO Cabaret. THE DOUBLE-THREAT TRIO is the third musical to be given a world premiere from Pittsburgh CLO's inaugural SPARK festival, which developed musicals designed to cultivate the next generation of small-cast shows that will continue on in similar venues around the country. Tickets for this hysterical take on 'making it' in the theater are now available online at CLOCabaret.com, by phone at 412-456-6666 or in person at the Theater Square Box Office, and start at $31.25.
by Angie Stanton - Feb 14, 2019
Madison's Andrew Abrams, Capital City Theatre's Artistic Director, travels to London to workshop BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL, for which he wrote the music. BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER: THE MUSICAL has been selected by the MTFestUK for it's inaugural showcase of new musicals.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019
Chris Thorpe and Rachel Bagshaw's Fringe First award-winning show about a love affair seen through the eyes of someone with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome returns for UK tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2019
Get a first look below at WE ARE THE TIGERS, the upcoming original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy written & composed by Preston Max Allen and produced by S. Asher Gelman, that will make its New York Premiere Off-Broadway at Theater 80 (80 St. Mark's Place) this winter.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018
Midnight Theatricals has announced full casting and the creative team for WE ARE THE TIGERS, an original pop/rock musical and teen horror comedy written & composed by Preston Max Allen and produced by S. Asher Gelman, that will make its New York Premiere Off-Broadway at Theater 80
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 31, 2018
The European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's new musical Unexpected Joy transfers from its Off-Broadway run, at the York Theatre Company, to London's Southwark Playhouse from 5 September 2018. Watch a video from rehearsals below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 30, 2018
The European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's new musical Unexpected Joy transfers from its Off-Broadway run, at the York Theatre Company, to London's Southwark Playhouse from 5 September 2018. Watch a video interview below!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 29, 2018
The European premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's new musical Unexpected Joy transfers from its Off-Broadway run, at the York Theatre Company, to London's Southwark Playhouse from 5 September 2018.
by Guest Blog: Katy Lipson - Aug 28, 2018
Thank you, BroadwayWorld, for asking me to write a blog on our new musical theatre season From Page To Stage. It's given me the opportunity to truly look over the previous five years' work and all we have achieved and contributed to the British landscape of new musicals.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2018
Preston Max Allen is proud to pay tribute to Musical Theatre Factory with a legacy concert of his Ovation Award Winning musical, WE ARE THE TIGERS this Sunday, August 26 at 7pm at Joe's Pub.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019
Garry Marshall Theatre presents Deidrie Henry in the Broadway play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill by Lanie Robertson for 15 performances May 15 to June 2, 2019 (press opening is Friday, May 17). The director is Gregg T. Daniel and playing Jimmy Powers is musical director Abdul Hamid Royal. Daniel most recently directed The Mountaintop for Garry Marshall Theatre.
by Cristina Pla-Guzman - Apr 16, 2019
Pure Joy turned into Grief and Terror then finally Relief coursed through me. For 90 minutes, I was completely immersed in the experience that is AMPARO. And that is exactly what AMPARO is; a complete theatrical experience. As I am writing this I can still feel all the emotions I went through when I first participated in AMPARO. I say participated because you don't watch AMPARO, you live it. I also haven't stopped talking about it to anyone who will listen and even now when I describe the experience as I am urging family and friends to GO SEE IT, I get goosebumps. I fear that I won't do the experience justice with my mere words but I will do my best.