The York Theatre Company cast of the new musical Unexpected Joy, met the press. T2C’s Genevieve Rafter Keddy was there.
Unexpected Joy features book and lyrics by Bill Russell (Side Show)
and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens with Bill Russell).
Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran (Associate Director, Escape to Margaritaville), and with music direction by Beth Falcone (Les Misérables),
The four-member female cast features Courtney Balan (Falsettos) as Rachel
Allyson Kaye Daniel (Sistas: The Musical) as Lou
Luba Mason (Pretty Filthy) as Joy
and Celeste Rose (Sister Act) as Tamara.
Performances begin Tuesday, April 24, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, May 20, 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, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
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 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.
The creative team includes James Morgan (set)
Matthew Pachtman (costumes), Ken Wills (lights), Julian Evans (sound), Deb Gaouette (props), and AnnMarie Milazzo (vocal arrangements).
Unexpected Joy: The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue)