Unexpected Joy, New Musical by Side Show's Bill Russell, Will Make World Premiere in July

News   Unexpected Joy, New Musical by Side Show's Bill Russell, Will Make World Premiere in July Unexpected Joy, a new musical by lyricist-librettist Bill Russell and composer Janet Hood, will make its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre this summer, according to capecod.wickedlocal.com.

Performances of the new work from the creators of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens are scheduled for July 21-Aug. 20 at the Massachusetts venue.

Unexpected Joy, according to Russell and Hood, is a "new musical about four women — all of them singers, but with varied experience and success: Joy, a baby-boomer, her daughter Rachel, Rachel’s daughter, Tamara, and Lou, the woman Joy is intending to marry. But Joy hasn’t told Rachel about her wedding plans and has good reason to be apprehensive. Rachel is married to a successful televangelist and performs regularly on his TV show. And Lou is a self-described lesbian terrorist. When the family comes together for a concert honoring Rachel’s father (her mother never married him), the sparks and music fly."

Neither casting nor a creative team has been announced.

Russell was last represented on Broadway by the revival of Side Show, his Tony-nominated musical with Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger.

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