Casting Announced For New Musical Unexpected Joy


Casting has been announced for Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s new musical, Unexpected Joy, which opens at Southwark Playhouse in September.


The new musical, which premiered Off-Broadway at the York Theatre Company, tells of three generations of female singers. 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.

Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran, the all-female cast will feature Jodie Jacobs (Rock of Ages) as Rachel, Janet Fullerlove (Fortune’s Fool) as Joy, Melanie Marshall (Guys and Dolls) as Lou and Kelly Sweeney as Tamara.

Produced by Katy Lipson and Jim Kierstead, the production has casting by Jane Deitch, musical direction by Gareth Bretherton, design by Verity Johnson, lighting by Nic Farman, and sound by James Nicholson.

Katy Lipson said, “New chamber musicals are rarely seen on stage—not to mention musicals with an all-female cast celebrating the importance of the freedom to love and that ‘Love is Love.’ I have always been a huge fan of Janet and Bill’s work, and it is an honor to be presenting a U.K. premiere of their latest musical in London after our premiere Off-Broadway earlier in the year.”


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