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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress

by Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer

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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress




The popular musical that marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett. Based on "The Princess and the Pea" by Hans Christian Andersen.


Story:

Princess Winnifred arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab's castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood (one who can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses). Winifred passes the test, unable to sleep all night from discomfort and they live happily ever after.


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Composer

Composer
Mary Rodgers

Lyricist

Lyricist and Librettist
Marshall Barer

Librettist

Librettist
Jay Thompson

Librettist

Librettist
Dean Fuller



  • Premiere
  • 1996
  • 2005 TV

Broadway Premiere

Theatre
Phoenix Theatre, Alvin Theatre, Winter Garden Theatre, Cort Theatre, St. James Theatre
Opening Night
May 11, 1959
Total Performances
244
Original Cast
Joseph Bova, Carol Burnett, Allen Case, Jack Gilford, Anne Jones, Matt Mattox, Harry Snow, Jane White
Director
George Abbott
Choreographer
Joe Layton
Producer
T. Edward Hambleton, Norris Houghton and William and Jean Eckart
Musical Director
Hal Hastings
Orchestrations
Hershy Kay
Scenic Design
William and Jean Eckart
Costume Design
William and Jean Eckart
Lighting Design
Tharon Musser

1996 Broadway Revival

Theatre
Broadhurst Theatre
Opening Night
Dec 19, 1996
Total Performances
188
Original Cast
Sarah Jessica Parker, David Aaron Baker, Laura Bontrager, Ann Brown, Lawrence Clayton, Lewis Cleale, David Elder, David Hibbard, Jane Krakowski, Heath Lamberts, Tom Alan Robbins, Mary Lou Rosato
Director
Gerald Gutierrez
Choreographer
Liza Gennaro
Producer
Dodger Theatricals, Joop Van Den Ende
Musical Director
Eric Stern
Orchestrations
Bruce Coughlin
Scenic Design
John Lee Beatty
Costume Design
Jane Greenwood
Lighting Design
Pat Collins

2005 TV Version

Movie Name
Once Upon a Mattress
Type
Made for TV Musical, Disney
Director
Kathleen Marshall
Screenplay
Janet Brownell
Starring
Carol Burnett, Brittany Gray, Tracey Ullman




CDs

CD
Original Broadway Cast Album

CD
Broadway Revival Cast Album


Sheetmusic

Sheetmusic
Vocal Selections


Videos

DVD
Original Hollywood Version DVD


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1960 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Actress in a Musical - Carol Burnett

1997 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical

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