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Bliss

Jan 31 – Feb 23, 2020

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Friday, January 31 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, February 4 at 7:30 PM
Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 PM

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Choreographed by Josh Prince

January 31 - February 23, 2020

Tickets for Bliss are also available as part of a 2019/20 subscription or group.

Welcome to the Deep Dark Forest, a mysterious place where fairy godfathers await to grant your every wish—“happily ever after” guaranteed. Or is it? Bliss is an electrifying new musical that tears up the rules on happy endings.

In this addictive fractured fairytale created at The 5th, four wildly distinctive royal sisters sneak out of their castle and discover an intoxicating world of fancy balls and dreamy princes—and a burning desire to be at the center of it all. 

In a world that demands they fit in, it will take a sister’s love to remind them to stand out. Together they discover that chasing their bliss means leaving expectation behind.

Take an adventure unlike any other!

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We are thrilled to announce that Tony Award®-nominated actor Mario Cantone (Broadway: Assassins, Laugh Whore) will star in the 23rd new musical produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre-- The world premiere production of Bliss, an original musical fantasy that flips the traditional princess narrative upside down. Cantone, the comedic genius best known for playing Anthony Marentino in Sex and the City, will star as Sir Pincus Glimmermore, the princesses’ fairy godfather.

“Bliss is a fresh and bold new musical that celebrates the individuality that makes each person special,” said Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry. “With a pop-rock inspired score and story that will really surprise you, Bliss is a decidedly grown up fairytale that is perfect for audiences of all ages. We are thrilled to have Mario Cantone bring his signature style of comedy to this unique production.”

Full casting to be announced in late fall.

AUTHORS' NOTE:

Bliss is a fairy tale about fairy tales-- in particular, the strange things that young princes and princesses do in the hope of finding their "happily ever after." The musical has an absurd, subversive tone, and the characters both play into and against classic fairy tale archetypes. The production must suspend reality and unapologetically embrace the whimsical, illogical logic of the world.”

--Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie

This fairy tale concerns four unique young princesses are kept in a high tower by their overprotective father.  What will happen when they escape and venture out into the world?

Important Themes: The four sisters encounter a group of familiar fairytale types, the “Perfect Princesses,” whom they are expected to emulate. One of the four princesses, who is “plus-sized in body and spirit,” wonders: “Why do they all look the same?” The “Perfect Princesses” are never angry, weird, or loud, nor do they “question more than allowed;” they have no unladylike interests, they never appear “threateningly smart,” and their clothes never fit too snugly. They ask the four princesses, “Would you rather be perfect  . . . or ugly?”

Adult Language: The language is very mild. One character complains that her boots smell like “feces.” A prince (Devin) boasts that he has “a pimped-out carriage and an entourage.”

“Crap,” one character complains under her voice when an adult makes an inconvenient entrance. “Holy crap!” is heard twice when the same character is startled.

Violence/Scariness: One of the sisters encounters a dragon. She unsheathes her sword and charges as the lights go down.

Sexual References: As the four princesses begin to worry about their looks compared with “Perfect Princesses,” one of them complains about the size of her “boobs” and her “butt.” The king, searching for his lost daughters, worries they have gone to the “mossy meadow” where there’s “touching and necking.” (They haven’t.)

Alcohol/Drugs: None.