The York Theatre Company's world premiere musical centers around three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. More…
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. A heartfelt and comic story that celebrates diversity and acceptance, 'Unexpected Joy' weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy together for decades.
See it if If you enjoy a small scale musical about family relationships. Lots of religion and moral issues.
Don't see it if If you do not enjoy musicals about religion,morals and family conflict .
See it if you like seeing stories about gay marriage and a religious family member not accepting it.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of folk/Carpenters-style music.
See it if You want to see a compelling story about the relationship between four very different women
Don't see it if You want a conventional book musical. The songs did nothing to advance the plot, and were very irritating in disrupting the narrative flow
See it if you have a particular interest in inter-generational relationships with complications.
Don't see it if you don't care for a story about an aging hippie and her right wing, religious daughter and open minded granddaughter.
See it if You just want something entertaining and aren't overly critical about the overall structure and character development in a show
Don't see it if You like musicals where the songs actually advance the story rather than just be interchangeable fillers
See it if You want a night out with very good performances. You like to see new productions
Don't see it if You are tired of the same old generational biases - there are much better ones. This has nothing new.
See it if You like musicals and centrist ideas of "you are just as bad as the people that want you dead."
Don't see it if You want something more than a basic music that really doesn't do anything for anyone.