Feb 1 – Feb 23, 2020
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Bliss is the recipient of a 2019 Edgerton New Play Award.
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Choreographed by Josh Prince
Music Supervision and Co-Arrangments by Mary-Michell Campbell
Scenic Designer: Jason Ardizzone-West
Costume Designer: Paloma Young
Lighting Designer: Yael Lubetzky
Sound Designer: Nevin Steinberg
Hair and Wig Designer: Matthew Armentrout
Production Stage Manager: Thomas J. Gates
Bliss Cast (click for bio):
5th Avenue Theatre debut. Cantone is a celebrated New York stage actor and standup comedian. Broadway: Laugh Whore (Tony® Nominee) Assassins, Love! Valor! Compassion!, The Tempest
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.
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!
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 and Lucielle Lortel nomination), Big River (Encores!), Party People (The Public Theater). 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
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! @kristolynlloyd
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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_
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.
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.
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
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
"We were inspired with Bliss to write a fairy tale about fairy tales, where we challenge the fairy tale tropes that feel so last century, and broaden the definition of a 'happily ever after.' We wanted to create princesses who would fight against unrealistic societal expectations— and that it would indeed be a fight. Bliss explores themes of authenticity, conformity, and empowerment; what do we give up when we give in to societal assumptions? What if the quest for perfection is a false goal? And what it the messy truth is what is actually beautiful? At its core, Bliss asks the question, 'Can I be who I really am and still get what I really want?' We hope that the answer is, 'It’s definitely worth finding out.'"
--Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie
This fairy tale concerns four unique young princesses who 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.)