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This show closed on May 27, 2018

About Unexpected Joy

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.

This rousing new musical with book and lyrics by Tony nominated Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens), tackles tolerance, family ties, and the battles we fight to create our own identity. "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.

Run Time

90 minutes, no intermission

Start Date

End Date



The York Theatre Company

619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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