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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.

Cast and Creative Team

Composer: Mary Rodgers
Lyricist: Marshall Barer
Librettist: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, Marshall Barer

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 and Costume Design: William and Jean Eckart
Lighting Design: Tharon Musser

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

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