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Unexpected Joy Opens at the York

Three generations of female singers collide in Unexpected Joy, a witty new musical by Bill Russell and Janet Hood, testing the limits of their love.

May 4, 2018:  Unexpected Joy, a constantly amusing new musical, which opened last night at the York Theatre, has already been extended for an additional week due to popular demand. The story brings three generations of female singers to modern day Provincetown, where they are gathering for a memorial concert to honor the family’s patriarch. With a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, the delightful musical explores the conflicts and long-held family tensions of three women from different peer groups. Sparks fly as the family struggles to discover the common ground of their divergent values and beliefs.

Janet Hood (Music), Bill Russell (Book/Lyrics)

Three generations of female singers collide in Unexpected Joy, a witty new musical by Bill Russell and Janet Hood, testing the limits of their love.

May 4, 2018:  Unexpected Joy, a constantly amusing new musical, which opened last night at the York Theatre, has already been extended for an additional week due to popular demand. The story brings three generations of female singers to modern day Provincetown, where they are gathering for a memorial concert to honor the family’s patriarch. With a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, the delightful musical explores the conflicts and long-held family tensions of three women from different peer groups. Sparks fly as the family struggles to discover the common ground of their divergent values and beliefs.

Amy Anders Corcoran (Director), Beth Falcone (Music Director)

Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran (Associate Director, Escape to Margaritaville), and with music direction by Beth Falcone (Les Misérables), the four-member all-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.

Luba Mason, Courtney Balan, Allyson Kaye Daniel, Celeste Rose

The creative team includes James Morgan (set), Matthew Pachtman (costumes), Ken Wills (lights), Julian Evans (sound), Deb Gaouette (props), and AnnMarie Milazzo (vocal arrangements). The Production Stage Manager is Julianne Menassian, with Assistant Stage Manager Shanna Allison. Casting is by Stephen DeAngelis.

Unexpected Joy received its world premiere in 2016 at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Massachusetts and was previously developed through readings at The York and the Hudson Guild Theatre.

Unexpected Joy is  now playing through May 27, 2018 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). The performance schedule is Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.*, Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* & 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.)

Tickets are priced at $67.50 – $72.50 and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820, online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at, Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com.

Luba Mason
Allyson Kaye Daniel
Courtney Balan
Celeste Rose
Producer Jim Kierstead
James Morgan (York Porducing Artistic Director), Janet Hood (Music), Bill Russell (Book?Lyrics), Amy Anders Corcoran (Director), Luba Mason (Joy), Courtney Balan (Rachel), Beth Falcone (Music Director), Jim Kierstead (Producer), Allyson Kaye Daniel (Lou), Celeste Rose (Tamara)
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