Unexpected Joy

Unexpected Joy

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 – Joy, a baby boomer pop star, is visited by her daughter, Rachel and granddaughter Tamara. Rachel is married to a prominent televangelist, so Joy is reluctant to divulge that she’s planning to marry Lou, another singer who happens to be a woman. A week with all four together is bound to lead to tension, laughter, discoveries and happiness that really is unexpected. Let the sparks and music fly!

Through laughter, tears, self-discovery, and an original and compelling score, Unexpected Joy encourages its characters, as well as the audience, to take a journey of self-discovery because, at the end of the day, we really are all just one big family.

With Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell (Tony-nominated for Side Show) and Music by Janet Hood (Elegies for AngelsPunks and Raging Queens.)

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Book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood
Amy Anders Corcoran

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest tube:
Elephant & Castle, Borough

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Telling the story of three generations of female singers, Unexpected Joy captures the generational divisions that grow in relationships. Joy is reunited with her daughter Rachel and granddaughter Tamara, with the story following their week together in Provincetown, Cape Cod. Distant family ties between the trio are clear from the get-go, but when Joy’s wife-to-be Lou enters the scene, the... Read more

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Video: In rehearsals with the cast of Unexpected Joy
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Telling the story of three generations of singers, Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s new musical Unexpected Joy is set to get its European premiere at Southwark Playhouse this week. Mounted by new musical mega-producer Katy Lipson, the musical follows Joy, a baby boomer, who is holding a memorial concert for her late husband. She is joined by her daughter and granddaughter, Rachel and Tamara, but Joy is reluctant to tell her family about her plan to remarry.

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