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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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Bliss Cast (click for bio):

MARIO CANTONE

MARIO CANTONE
Sir Pincus Glimmermore

MARIO CANTONE

MARIO CANTONE
(Sir Pincus Glimmermore)

Bio to come

LISSA deGUZMAN

LISSA deGUZMAN
Ensemble

LISSA deGUZMAN

LISSA deGUZMAN
(Ensemble)

deGuzman is honored to be making her 5th Avenue Theatre debut in Bliss! Broadway: King Kong. National Tour: Aladdin. Regional: West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Chasing Rainbows. Special thanks to DGRW. Much love to her friends, and family.

KATY GERAGHTY

KATY GERAGHTY
Carmella

KATY GERAGHTY

KATY GERAGHTY
(Carmella )

Geraghty is thrilled to be making her debut here at The 5th! Broadway: Groundhog Day. Select Regional: Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad), Shrek (Gingy), Into the Woods (Little Red). TV: Modern Love “Take Me As I Am, Whoever I Am”, Sing It On Season 2. Love and thanks to family, friends and everyone on the incredible Bliss team!

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ
Piper

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ
(Piper)

5th Avenue Theatre Debut! Recent Broadway debut as Nessarose in Wicked. Off-Broadway: Avenue Q (first ethnic actor to portray Kate Monster), Miss You Like Hell (Drama Desk nomination), Big River (Encores!), Party People. Starred at NYS&F in Alice By Heart; NY workshop for Lin Manuel Miranda in Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick... Boom; Williamstown in Marsha Norman’s Secret Soldiers. National tour: West Side Story. TV: Law & Order: SVU, HBO's Divorced. gizeljimenez.com, @giz_zy

KRISTOLYN LLOYD

KRISTOLYN LLOYD
Faye

KRISTOLYN LLOYD

KRISTOLYN LLOYD
(Faye)

5th Avenue Theatre Debut! Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen. Off Broadway: Little Women (Primary Stages), Blue Ridge (Atlantic), Paradise Blue, The Liquid Plain (Signature Theatre) Invisible Thread (Second Stage Theatre), Heathers The Musical (New World Stages), Cabin In The Sky (Encores City Center). Select Regional: Paradise Blue (Williamstown), Witness Uganda (A.R.T.), Hairspray, Rent (Hollywood Bowl). TV includes: Random Acts of Flyness (HBO), Elementary, Madam Secretary (CBS),  ER (NBC) and Lie to Me (FOX). Graduate of Carnegie Mellon and Grammy & Emmy winner!

JOSÉ LUACES

JOSÉ LUACES
Ensemble

JOSÉ LUACES

JOSÉ LUACES
(Ensemble )

5th Avenue Theatre Debut. Broadway: A Christmas Story. Off Broadway: Plaid Tidings, Venus Flytrap, I Am Harvey Milk. Workshops: Big Fish, All That Glitters. Regional: On Your Feet (WBT), Cuba Libre (A.R.T.) TV: Jimmy Kimmel Live “Bagel Boss”, A Christmas Story Live. JoseLuaces.com, @JoseLuaces

JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES

JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES
Toby

JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES

JOHN-MICHAEL LYLES
(Toby)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Off Broadway: A Strange Loop (Playwright's Horizons), This Ain't No Disco (Atlantic), Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street), The Flick (Barrow Street), Brooklynite (Vineyard), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect), Big River (City Center Encores!), 1776 (City Center Encores!). Regional: The Art of Falling (Second City/Hubbard Street), Choir Boy (Guthrie). TV: The Other Two, Chicago PD, NCIS: New Orleans, The OA. Film: Blind. Recordings: A Strange Loop, The Man in the Ceiling, Jasper in Deadland. BFA: Pace University Musical Theater.  @jmlyles1, john-michaellyles.com

CLAIRE MANSHIP

CLAIRE MANSHIP
Carmella Understudy

CLAIRE MANSHIP

CLAIRE MANSHIP
(Carmella Understudy)

The 5th Avenue Theatre Debut! Regional: Bliss (reading) at Bay Street Theater, Hairspray at MT Wichita, It Shoulda Been You at STAGES St. Louis, Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre. Elon BFA. Manship sends thanks to the Bliss team, Howie Cherpakov, Avalon, and the Manship family. clairemanship.com. @clairemanship

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS
Swing

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS
(Swing)

Bliss is Morris’s 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Regional: Atlantis. Australia: My Fair Lady; The Wizard of Oz; The Sound of Music; Wonderful Town; Dusty; Grease; A Chorus Line; Hairspray; Spring Awakening; High School Musical; Shout!; Oliver!; Singin’ In The Rain. Film/TV: Modern Love. Love to his husband and family.

MANU NARAYAN

MANU NARAYAN
The King

MANU NARAYAN

MANU NARAYAN
(The King)

5th Avenue Theatre Debut. Broadway: Getting’ the Band Back Together, My Fair Lady (2019), Bombay Dreams. National Tour: Miss Saigon. Off Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along, Yeast Nation, Falsettoland, Sidd, Suburbia, Getting Home, and Fucking A. Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Baltimore Centerstage, Yale Rep, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, The MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO. Film/ TV: 99 homes, The Love Guru, The Last Airbender, Bull, Blacklist, Unforgettable, Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: SVU, Rubicon, Nurse Jackie, The Sopranos. Narayan is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.   

CLAIRE NEUMANN

CLAIRE NEUMANN
Holly

CLAIRE NEUMANN

CLAIRE NEUMANN
(Holly)

Neumann is deeply thankful to make her 5th Avenue Theatre debut with this Bliss(ful) family! Broadway Tour: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Off-Broadway/Original Cast Recordings: Baghdaddy, Triassic Parq, The Spidey Project. Regional: Mystery of Edwin Drood, How to Succeed..., Annie Get Your Gun, Into the Woods, Floyd Collins, Oleanna. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Ellen, Door on the Left (NYTVF Winner). Neumann loves bird-calling and is a social worker. ClaireNeuman.com

JJ NIEMANN

JJ NIEMANN
Ensemble

JJ NIEMANN

JJ NIEMANN
(Ensemble)

Niemann is beyond thrilled to be telling this story in his debut at The 5th! Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Regional: The MUNY, Pittsburgh CLO, Bay Street Theatre. BFA: Elon MT’17! Love and thanks to Team Bliss, CGF Talent, and the Niemann fam. jjniemann.com IG: @jjniemann

JENNIFER NOBLE

JENNIFER NOBLE
Ensemble

JENNIFER NOBLE

JENNIFER NOBLE
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre debut. Broadway/First National: King Kong (Chita Rivera Award), Ghost, We Will Rock You, Kinky Boots. Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Chaplin (La Jolla), title of show (Playhouse Square). Social: @thejennoble. 

LENA OWENS

LENA OWENS
SWING

LENA OWENS

LENA OWENS
(SWING)

Owens is stoked to make her 5th Avenue Theatre debut with Bliss! She is a proud Texan from the city of Austin and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2019 with her BFA in Musical Theatre. Regional: Footloose at The Kennedy Center, Footloose at The Muny, and three summers at Music Theatre Wichita. She is incredibly grateful for her parents, friends & family, and her agents.

IAN PAGET

IAN PAGET
Ensemble

IAN PAGET

IAN PAGET
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre Debut! Broadway: Soul Doctor, Leap of Faith, Mamma Mia! Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco. Regional: Man Of La Mancha (Anselmo); A Chorus Line (Paul). West End: WSS (A-rab). Film/TV: The Queen’s Project, Dancing With The Stars, Katy Keene, Lip Sync Battle, Rock of Ages, Step Up Revolution, Saturday Night Live. ipaget.com @ianpaget_

SAMANTHA POLLINO

SAMANTHA POLLINO
Ensemble

SAMANTHA POLLINO

SAMANTHA POLLINO
(Ensemble )

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Broadway: Head Over Heels, Hot Feet. Tour: Hamilton. Original Chicago cast of Hamilton. TV/Film: Fosse/Verdon. Love to Mom, Dad, MT16, Henderson Hogan, and her incredible fiancé, Zach. B.F.A.: CCM. #tothemax

CONOR RYAN

CONOR RYAN
Prince Devin

CONOR RYAN

CONOR RYAN
(Prince Devin )

5th Avenue Theatre debut. Last seen in two premieres at The Paper Mill Playhouse: Benny & Joon TN New Musical, and My Very Own British Invasion. Television: Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC. Broadway: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures at New World Stages and The York Theatre (Outer Critics Circle nom.), Keen Company's revival of John and Jen, 2nd Stage's Invisible Thread, and The Public Theatre's The Fortress Of Solitude. Instragam: @chakaconor. Everything is for Mom.

KATIE TERZA

KATIE TERZA
Ensemble

KATIE TERZA

KATIE TERZA
(Ensemble)

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Broadway/Tour: Aladdin (u/s Jasmine); On The Town; West Side Story (u/s Maria). TV: NBC’s Peter Pan Live!  Regional: Cats (Demeter); Lysistrata Jones (Cleonice); Hello, Dolly!; Most Happy Fella!; 15 shows at Pittsburgh CLO. Follow her @katieterza.

SCARLETT WALKER

SCARLETT WALKER
Ensemble

SCARLETT WALKER

SCARLETT WALKER
(Ensemble )

Bio and headshot to come 

KRISTIN THERESA YANCY

KRISTIN THERESA YANCY
Ensemble

KRISTIN THERESA YANCY

KRISTIN THERESA YANCY
(Ensemble )

5th Avenue Theatre debut! Broadway: The Cher Show; Summer, The Donna Summer Musical. National Tour: West Side Story. Off-Broadway: Queen of the Night, Jazz at Lincoln Center. Regional: Tommy, West Side Story, Evita, Joseph…Dreamcoat. Film/TV: Katy Keene, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, One World Trade. @kristinyancy

LEIGH ZIMMERMAN

LEIGH ZIMMERMAN
Princess Taffeta

LEIGH ZIMMERMAN

LEIGH ZIMMERMAN
(Princess Taffeta )

 5th Avenue Theatre debut. Zimmerman won the Olivier Award for her performance as Sheila in A Chorus Line in London’s West End. Broadway/West End: Chicago (Velma), The Producers (Ulla, Olivier Nomination), Contact (Girl In The Yellow Dress), Relative Values, The Seven Year Itch, Forum, Crazy For You, The Will Rogers Follies. Film/TV: W.E., Proof, United 93, The Defender, Submerged, Home Alone 2, NUMB3RS, Person Of Interest, The Outsiders, Blessed, Feel The Force, Doctors. LeighZimmerman.com

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.