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Bliss

Feb 1 – Feb 23, 2020

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

February 1 - February 23, 2020

**The performance of Bliss previously on Friday, January 31 at 8 PM has been rescheduled for Sunday, February 2 at 7 PM.**

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!

Accessibility

The 5th Avenue Theatre is proud to offer the following accessible performances for the run of Bliss:

- Audio Described: Saturday, February 22 at 2 PM - This performance will be narrated by Tony Brown
- ASL-Interpreted and Open Captioned: Sunday, February 23 at 1:30 PM - This performance will be interpreted by Andy Gault and Patye Nguyen. Open captioning provided by c2 Captioning.

 

Bliss is the recipient of a 2019 Edgerton New Play Award.

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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):

MARIO CANTONE

MARIO CANTONE
Sir Pincus Glimmermore

MARIO CANTONE

MARIO CANTONE
(Sir Pincus Glimmermore)

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
(Public Theater). TV/:Charlotte’s wedding-planner-with-attitude Anthony Marentino in HBO’s Sex and the City; Men in Trees, Mom, AJ and the Queen, Better Things. Films include Sex and the
City 1 & 2, All My Life; Surf’s Up; The Aristocrats
; and regular appearances on Wendy Williams, ABC’s
The View.
Pyramid, Match Game and To Tell The Truth. Cantone has performed his irreverent standup
comedy at a wide range of venues, including Carnegie Hall, Atlantic City, Gotham Comedy, Club
and The Cafe Carlyle.

LISSA DEGUZMAN

LISSA DEGUZMAN
Ensemble, Princess Piper Understudy

LISSA DEGUZMAN

LISSA DEGUZMAN
(Ensemble, Princess Piper Understudy)

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
Princess Carmella

KATY GERAGHTY

KATY GERAGHTY
(Princess 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
Princess Piper

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ

GIZEL JIMÉNEZ
(Princess 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 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

KRISTOLYN LLOYD

KRISTOLYN LLOYD
Princess Faye

KRISTOLYN LLOYD

KRISTOLYN LLOYD
(Princess 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! @kristolynlloyd 

JOSÉ LUACES

JOSÉ LUACES
Ensemble, King Understudy, Glimmermore Understudy

JOSÉ LUACES

JOSÉ LUACES
(Ensemble, King Understudy, Glimmermore Understudy)

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
Princess Carmella Understudy

CLAIRE MANSHIP

CLAIRE MANSHIP
(Princess 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, Prince Devin Understudy, Dance Captain

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS

SCOTT ANDERSON MORRIS
(Swing, Prince Devin Understudy, Dance Captain )

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
King

MANU NARAYAN

MANU NARAYAN
(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
Princess Holly

CLAIRE NEUMANN

CLAIRE NEUMANN
(Princess 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, Toby Understudy

JJ NIEMANN

JJ NIEMANN
(Ensemble, Toby Understudy )

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, Princess Faye Understudy

JENNIFER NOBLE

JENNIFER NOBLE
(Ensemble, Princess Faye Understudy )

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, Princess Taffetta Understudy

KATIE TERZA

KATIE TERZA
(Ensemble, Princess Taffetta Understudy )

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 )

5th Avenue Theatre Debut! Scarlett is a native of Birmingham, AL, with a BA in Theatre from the
University of Alabama. Broadway: Carousel, Carrie Pipperidge U.S./Ensemble. Regional: The Muny,
Riverside Theatre.

KRISTIN YANCY

KRISTIN YANCY
Ensemble

KRISTIN YANCY

KRISTIN 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:

"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.)

Alcohol/Drugs: None.