Unexpected Joy

25th April to 20th May 2018 – York Theatre at St. Peter’s Church, New York City

6th to 29th September 2018 – Southwark Playhouse


The new Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and Janet Hood (Music) musical, Unexpected Joy, will receive its Off-Broadway premiere at The York Theatre Company
from 24 April – 2 May, before a run at Southwark Playhouse from 6 – 29 September 2018.


Both productions will be directed by Amy Anders Corcoran but will be individual and unique in casting and design elements..


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 – Joy, a baby boomer pop star, is visited by her daughter, Rachel and granddaughter Tamara.  Rachel is married to a prominent televangelist, so Joy is reluctant to divulge that she’s planning to marry Lou, another singer who happens to be a woman.  A week with all four together is bound to lead to tension, laughter, discoveries and happiness that really is unexpected.  Let the sparks and music fly!


Through laughter, tears, self-discovery, and an original and compelling score, UNEXPECTED JOY encourages its characters, as well as the audience, to take a journey of self-discovery because, at the end of the day, we really are all just one big family.


With Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell (Tony-nominated for Side Show) and Music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens).


Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran