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Unexpected Joy

From 140 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Relevant

About the show

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.


Member Reviews (140)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Relevant
81
Avg Score

83
Great singing, Entertaining, Funny, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if you like musicals with a beautiful blend of 4 female voices and an uplifting ending with 3 generations of women bridging their differences.

Don't see it if you don't like small scale intimate musicals with singing but no dancing and an all-female cast of 4.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You enjoy great singing

Don't see it if You don’t like small musicals

70
Cliched, Great singing, Slow

See it if you enjoy folk-music performed by four talented singers

Don't see it if you like musicals with a strong, believable book

75
Ambitious, Edgy, Great singing, Relevant

See it if You are looking for a though provoking musical dealing with gay issues and the religious right

Don't see it if You are looking for something frothy and amusing

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like shows that are lovely, charming, and full of good songs.

Don't see it if You don't like small musicals and/or don't like shows with all-woman casts.

Also I had a great time. Will the show doesn't break new ground, it does ve... Read more Read less

94
Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love new musicals with a great score and talented cast.

Don't see it if If you don’t like new works.

71
Delightful, Dated, Funny

See it if You enjoy feel good shows about the power of female relationships.

Don't see it if You want a cutting edge musical theater experience.

95
Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You like funny and touching new musicals with a pop/rock score, And you like thought-provoking, intelligent new musical theater.

Don't see it if You just want to see a silly old-fashioned musical comedy with no depth.

80
Ambitious, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you're looking for a show about powerful women, produced by a team largely consisted of women

Don't see it if you want a sense of closure and resolve at the end

Also Songs and singing were great, but the book was a bit rough.

83
Great singing, Clever, Delightful, Absorbing, Relevant

See it if you love musicals and are interested in one interesting one

Don't see it if It takes a minor adjustment to get used to the story plus concert idea.

76
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like good singers and upbeat music you can move to.

Don't see it if you are offended by females loving each other.

76
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy musicals very timely subject

Don't see it if If you don’t like musicals

100
Enchanting, Really so good

See it if The cast is wonderful. VOICES so good

Don't see it if If you don't want to see a good new play.

75
Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if want a decent musical experience in a very small venue.

Don't see it if you want any dancing to go along with the singing.

95
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love new musical which explore relevant themes

Don't see it if You dislike good music that will keep your feet tapping the entire show

89
Funny, Great singing, Relevant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Well crafted, humorous and heartfelt songs performed by a gifted all female cast.

Don't see it if Bare bones staging.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if if you like a relevant musical very much in the vein of “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it On the Road”. A talented all female cast.

Don't see it if you’re homophobic and racist.

28
Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Don't bother, tho the music is fun and the singing is excellent, the plot is just not . . .

Don't see it if way too heavy handed for a general audience

90
Funny, Great singing, Refreshing, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You enjoy: A talented cast of 4 Strong Women. A great great great band. Simple but clever sets and staging. A lead actress over 40!

Don't see it if You are a grouch, hate women, never had family issues.

95
Raunchy, Edgy, Absorbing, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if Wonderful singing, great original music are for you.

Don't see it if You're supersensitive to today's "liberal" open inclusive attitudes or a bit of profanity.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love the theater. The actors had BEAUTIFUL HARMONIOUS voices. The characters were believable & relatable. Message was on point!

Don't see it if you are stuck on the idea that only Broadway shows display true & best talent out there.

86
Great singing, Must see, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great singing and relationships between the actors.

Don't see it if You don't like great singing

98
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if you want a relevant and engaging story that makes you laugh, listen, and think. Wonderful music, talented cast... grabs you from the start!

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you'd enjoy one of the most enjoyable York musicals I've seen in the 40 years I've attended their productions-- plus it was brand new!

Don't see it if If you're an uptight homophobe.

85
Resonant, Great singing, Funny

See it if You want a night of great music that has a relevant message. Great talent in this show!

Don't see it if You are close minded. Or maybe do! You’ll hear a refreshing perspective!

Also Funny moments and moving moments. Grewat talent! Music with a message!... Read more Read less


May 3rd, 2018
"The show had its premiere on Cape Cod two summers ago with a different director and cast. Revised since then, it retains both its primary strengths — Hood’s music and Russell’s lyrics, though their title song is still underwhelming — and its fatal weaknesses: Russell’s strained plot and sitcom-s...
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May 3rd, 2018
"The end result is like what you'd imagine would come from a Netflix version of 'The Brady Bunch' — it has some leeway for edgier content but doesn't exactly know how to use it...The show seems to lose sight of the fact that it is preaching to the converted, not relaying new or revelatory informa...
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May 8th, 2018
“Sweet, funny and very entertaining new musical...Sure, the plot can be a little contrived, but Russell's words are filled with wit and sincerity and Hood's music, played by music director Beth Falcone's four-person band, is a catchy blend of pop styles. Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, the York ...
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May 7th, 2018
"'Unexpected Joy' lives or dies on the audience caring whether this fractious little family holds together. But all the characters do is restate their positions, repeatedly, rendering the question unimportant and uninvolving...Admittedly, 'Unexpected Joy' goes down easily, thanks to some genuinel...
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