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 You want to see a new musical with a mostly accomplished score and really resonant performances.
Don't see it if You have a lack of patience for the tried and true dynamics of a dysfunctional family. The story gets a bit bogged down in its latter half.
See it if If you like pop-folk music, family dramas full of comedy, and uplifting stories with a "message" that doesn't hit you over the head.
Don't see it if You don't like "message" musicals, in this case marriage equality and tolerance.
See it if you want to see a new pop/folk musical about 3 generations of women with conflicting political & religious views finding 'common ground.'
Don't see it if you're expecting something mindblowing from the book and characters. It's got a bit of a jukebox musical vibe. A little corny.
See it if The best off-Broadeay Musical I've seen since Hamilton. Brilliant script/lyrics; great singing; lyrics define roles.
Don't see it if See it. Don't see if you're misogynistic.
See it if As a Christian my initial reaction as the show progressed was uncomfortable as there is “Christian bashing” and generalities voiced as facts
Don't see it if You are conservative Christian and don’t want to see a show which bashes your beliefs.
See it if you want to see four fantastic female performers. Great band, nice staging, solid production.
Don't see it if you're not looking to have a conversation about religious freedom, free love and homosexuality afterwards. Also, inconsistent quality.
See it if You have an interest in Mother Daughter Drama presented through music reminiscent of the sixties yet relevant in today's world
Don't see it if Mother Daughter Drama holds no interest for you.
See it if You want to hear great voices. Beautiful family story. Lots of family dynamics in 3 generation relationship. 4 terrific actresses/singers
Don't see it if You are homophobic. Not for conservative folks
See it if You want to hear four fabulous voices singing great songs.
Don't see it if You are conservative and not tolerant of alternative lifestlyes.
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 are looking for a play where you can gladly enjoy a good time with excellent music a well written story very well played.
Don't see it if I don’t see any reason to skip it. Allow yourself to be surprised with this delightful play. You won’t regret it at all.
See it if You like intimate musicals, value shows about women, enjoy hearing a wide range of music styles
Don't see it if You are looking for a big musical experience or are bothered by relevant messages in your theatre
See it if You want to see 4 great women with great voices singing great songs.
Don't see it if You don't like intimate 4 character musicals
See it if Go if you appreciate beautiful, diverse music, familial stories, great singing and acting, Cudos for Ms. Mason's unbelievable vocal range!
Don't see it if If you are a stuck in the mud cumudgeon and cannot appreciate a beautiful score and the talented actors who bring it to life skip it
See it if if you have mother/daughter relationships in your life. Unexpected Joy is heartwarming, funny, and totally enjoyable. Music was great!
Don't see it if you don't like conflict.
See it if - you like fun, original music - you like a story about a free spirit and her family - you like a great band (they rocked)
Don't see it if - you don't like new musicals - you have no heart