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 Great musical with a Bonnie Raitt sound about 3 generations of women’s relationships, with a twist
Don't see it if This is an all women cast but men do play important roles in the story. Give this little gem a chance!
See it if You like folk/rock/gospel artists like Carole King,, Mavis Staples. Want to see 4 great female leads. You want to see a show with your mom.
Don't see it if You want a really well written book. You don't like the musical genres above. Want to see a big show.
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 want a wonderful, heart warming show featuring great actresses and singers, a day at the York Theatre, and wonderful music.
Don't see it if You want elaborate sets, don't want to go to the E Side. No reason NOT to go.
See it if You like musicals about inter generational family dynamics in 90 minutes with strong women characters
Don't see it if You want a searching deep exploration of the choices we make
See it if you like the idea of seeing 3 generations of women, all of whom have great voices; if you love The York Theatre, Where Musicals come to Life
Don't see it if you are homophobic; if you only like big Broadway splashy musicals (in which case you're missing a lot of great entertainment)
See it if I so enjoyed this musical. Plus I loved what it stood for - finding “common ground” in a time of such divisiveness.
Don't see it if If you don’t love small non flashy musicals.
See it if you want to see a well sung small cast musical that tells an interesting family story.
Don't see it if you like large scale musicals with lots of scenery and costumes.
See it if you want to see a tale that is extremely relevant to our times
Don't see it if you don't approved of same sex relationships
See it if family dramas appeal to you, and you want to hear a lot of punch, on a small stage. Great singing, sweet musical, enjoyed even by jaded teen
Don't see it if you find inter-generational conflicts tiring, if you want jazz fingers and a big production
See it if you like musicals with a feminine theme...
Don't see it if you don't like shows about the narrowmindedness of Bible thumpers and their hate for those who are different than they are...
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 For Unexpected Joyous production portraying 3 generations of talented women & the "Unexpected" 4th woman a knockout bluesy gutsy singer
Don't see it if Don't like musicals-are offended by unexpected relationships (gay & multi-racial) But--see it--a gem of a show.
See it if you are up to just another one average musical with no sparkle, creativity or imagination. The acting is forced , the voices average.
Don't see it if I wouldn’t recommend to spend your time on this one. It doesn’t deliver anything new or will touch you in any way. Boring.
See it if You want to relax and enjoy a handful of enjoyable songs with a capable cast.
Don't see it if you want to have something to chew on beyond "it's okay that we're all different if we tolerate each other"
See it if You are interested in a musical about three generations of women. The characters are stereotyped. The singing, music and acting are terrific
Don't see it if You are conservative or don’t like all female casts
See it if you enjoy a great singing and an intergenerational family tale. Solid performances from the entire casts. An enjoyable evening out!
Don't see it if you are looking for a big production musical. If you have issues with diversity.
See it if You’d enjoy 3 generations of white women reflecting on how the 60s free love/folk rock phase impacted their lives. (As you’d expect.)
Don't see it if You’ve seen anything like this before. The performers are good singers, but there’s not much new here, and you can see what’s coming. Yawn.
See it if you want an entertaining , predictable musical about mother/daughter relationships. Most characters are tropes. Celeste Rose was great
Don't see it if you are looking for something with great dialogue. this at times felt stilted.
See it if You were a "challenging teenager" or parent of one.. if you enjoy pop culture music sung by four very talented women
Don't see it if You are homophobic, offended by cursing, or are a devout evangelical christian.