Annie Golden, Emma Hunton, Capathia Jenkins, AnnMarie Milazzo Set for Readings of New Bill Russell-Janet Hood Musical Unexpected Joy
By Andrew Gans
The York Theatre Company — which is under the leadership of producing artistic director James Morgan and executive director Andrew Levine — in association with Jim Kierstead will present readings of the new musical Unexpected Joy beginning June 22.
Part of the York's Developmental Reading Series, staged readings are set for June 22 at 4 PM, June 26 at 4 PM and June 28 at 1 PM.
Unexpected Joy has book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller with music direction by Jodie Moore, the four-member cast will feature Annie Golden, Emma Hunton, Capathia Jenkins and AnnMarie Milazzo.
Unexpected Joy, according to press notes, is described as such: "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!"
The free readings, which are open to the public, will be held at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). To make reservations, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org.
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