UNEXPECTED JOY - A NEW MUSICAL
In Association with Jim Kierstead
April 24 - May 20, 2018
The York Theatre Company continues its 2017/18 Season with the New York Premiere of the rousing new musical UNEXPECTED JOY, with book and lyrics by Tony nominated Bill Russell (Side Show) and music by Janet Hood (Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens)
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. 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 hilarious 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.
$67.50 (weekdays & Saturday evenings)
$72.50 (weekend matinees)
Student Tickets: $25
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SEPTEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 31, 2017
The York Theatre Company, in association with Pat Flicker Addiss and Cecilia Lin & Hu Guo, opened its 2017-18 Season with Desperate Measures, a knee-slappin' new musical loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. After a sold-out original four-week run, Desperate Measures extended THREE TIMES due to popular demand, and ran for a 16 weeks at The York. Peter Filichia raved that it was "Better than Shakespeare! The funniest, most tuneful, non-stop, slam-bang BEST MUSICAL of the season!" And the New York Times said it was "A DELIGHT... such a hoot! WONDERFUL!"
In 1890, in a lawless territory out west, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy, finds himself sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother's life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will 'do his bidding' for the night. Adding to the hilarious complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. It's naughty, it's country, and it's a New York premiere with music by award-winning composer David Friedman, book and lyrics by two-time Tony nominee Peter Kellogg, and direction and choreography by Bill Castellino (Cagney, Marry Harry). Yee-haw, verily!
THE YORK THEATRE'S MAINSTAGE SERIES
The Mainstage Series presents two or three full productions of new musicals by emerging and established authors. In recent years, all have been world, American, or New York premieres. Each production typically runs seven performances per week for five weeks. Some productions have transferred to commercial Off-Broadway or Broadway runs, and many have received further productions in regional, stock, and university theatres. The York's productions have been regularly recognized with Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, OBIE, and Lucille Lortel nominations and awards. Numerous shows have been recorded as original cast albums. Directors, designers, cast, and musicians are drawn from among the best talent on and off-Broadway, whether established or new.