Once Upon a Mattress

St. James Theatre (New York, NY)
246 West 44th St.
New York, NY
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If you thought you knew the story of "The Princess and the Pea", you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that it may not have been the pea at all that caused the Princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of beguiling songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are, you will never look at fairy tales in quite the same way again.

Jack Cummings III to Direct THE MUSIC MAN Concert at Transport Group, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Following the sold out concert sensations Baby and Once Upon a Mattress, Transport Group Theatre Company proudly presents The Music Man in concert on Monday, June 23 at 8pm at the The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre in The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. The evening will be directed by five-time Drama Desk nominee, Jack Cummings III. Casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

GYPSY OF THE MONTH: Vasthy Mompoint of 'Rocky'
by Adrienne Onofri - May 28, 2014

'Rocky' is Vasthy's 2nd show this season, after 'Soul Doctor', and her sixth Bway show where she's been in the original company. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Colleen Zandbergen - The Divine...
by Jeanmarie Simpson - May 28, 2014

My mom said I stuck out like a sore thumb from the time I first started singing and acting. I have always been loud and obnoxious. (more...)

Kaplan's Furniture & OPA Partner for ONCE UPON A MATRESS
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Joining together as community partners Kaplan's Furniture - http://www.kaplansfurniture.com - in North Olmsted and Elyria and the Olmsted Performing Arts Center - http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com - in Olmsted Falls, Ohio have teamed up to promote the performance of "Once Upon a Mattress" at the Olmsted Performing Arts Center (OPAC) in July. (more...)

Michael Feinstein & BJ Ward Set for York's THE MARSHALL BARER PROJECT, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

The York Theatre Company celebrates the great American lyricist Marshall Barer (Once Upon a Mattress) with a special concert event, The Marshall Barer Project, a musical tour through the life, career and mind of a man whose songs are shimmering jewels from the American Songbook. Starring BJ Ward with special guest Michael Feinstein. Directed by Gordon Hunt, The Marshall Barer Project will play two performances only on Tuesday June 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, Starring David Elder and More, to Open 5/30 at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

Grab the umbrellas! Audiences will be delighted by Pittsburgh CLO's production of Singin' in the Rain, May 30-June 8 at the Benedum Center. A talented cast of Broadway's best and Pittsburgh CLO veterans will take this feel-good movie-musical off the silver screen and on to the Benedum Center stage. (more...)

2014 FREDDY Awards to Feature 31 Area Schools; Ceremony Set for Today
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

The State Theatre Center for the Arts announces the 2014 FREDDY Awards, the 12th year of the program, recognizing and rewarding exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey. The 2014 program will feature 31 schools, the most in the programs history, and will include a first time appearance by Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School who will present In the Heights in April. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sarah Jessica Parker Performs from 'Annie' in White House Talent Show
by BWW Special Coverage - May 21, 2014

Star of stage and screen Sarah Jessica Parker stopped by the East Room of the White House yesterday for a cameo performance at a talent show with elementary- and middle-school children. (more...)

Moonlight Stage to Open Summer Season with SPAMALOT, 6/11-28
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions and Artistic Director Steven Glaudini launch the 34th summer season with the hilarious Broadway musical Monty Python's SPAMALOT, presented for the first time at Moonlight, with performances from June 11 to 28. Single tickets are priced $15 to $52 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110or visit moonlightstage.com. (more...)

Performance Network to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 6/12-7/20
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

A nominee for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012 and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz, a co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, kicks off the summer at Performance Network Theatre from June 12 - July 20, 2014. (more...)

Town Hall Arts Center's THE MUSIC MAN Opens this Saturday
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

The last production in Town Hall Arts Center's 2013-2014 Season will be The Music Man, book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey. The Music Man is directed by Christopher Willard, recently at Town Hall directing the 2013 production of 9 to5: The Musical. Musical direction is by Donna Kolpan Debreceni, Henry Award Winner, The Who's Tommy and choreographed by Kelly Kates, most recently here for the 2013 production of Annie. (more...)

Nominees Announced for the 2014 Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

For 20 years, the Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards have been a celebration of outstanding student achievement in high school musical theatre in Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties. These awards recognize individual artistry and honor the dedication and professionalism of students and educators and their schools' commitment to performing arts education. The committee is proud to announce this year's nominees, who will be honored at a private reception at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center on May 18. At the Nominees Reception, nominations will be read by Broadway veteran Lenora Nemetz, and nominees will receive a medal and commemorative certificate. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Center on May 21 and will feature performances by several adjudicated productions. Former honorees will serve as presenters and tribute awards will be given to those who have greatly influenced the Henry Mancini Musical Theatre Awards. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Mr. Phil Inman, and Mrs. Ginny Mancini will be in attendance. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Boston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Washington, DC - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Washington, DC (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for New Jersey (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Seattle - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Seattle (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Las Vegas - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Las Vegas (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 5/11/2014
by BWW - May 11, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/11/2014 for Chicago (more...)

by Stage Tube - May 11, 2014

Today in 1959, Once Upon a Mattress opened at the Phoenix Theatre, where it ran for 244 performances. Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Once Upon a Mattress marked the Broadway debut of later stage and TV legend Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Also featured were Joseph Bova, Allen Case, Jack Gilford and Matt Mattox. Jane White played the role of Queen Aggravain, becoming the first African-American actress to portray a white character on the Broadway stage. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 5/10-5/11/2014
by - May 11, 2014

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, May 11, 2014 - Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

by Teresa Rodrick - Jun 9, 2014

I thought the students did a good job with their production. You could tell that the students enjoyed the characters they were playing and they had fun presenting a musical. (more...)

BWW's In-Depth Look at the 2014 TONY AWARD Winners!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 9, 2014

Today, BWW takes an in-depth look at the newly minted winners of theater's most prestigous award! (more...)

BWW TV: Best Leading Actress Jessie Mueller Reacts to Her Tony Win!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 9, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported last night, Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for BEAUTIFUL- THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to her - hear what Mueller had to say below! (more...)

BEAUTIFUL's Jessie Mueller Wins Tony for Best Actress in a Musical
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2014

Jessie Mueller won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Jessie Mueller was nominated for a Tony Award in 2012 for her performance in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theater Picks for Orange County/Costa Mesa!
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 4, 2014

This Summer, Orange County, CA---which includes Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Irvine, and even cities just a hop over the county line like La Mirada and Long Beach---is so chock-full of hot stage goodies, that you may have to earmark a lot more time in the next three months to properly satisfy all your theatrical cravings. Here's our Top 5 Summer Must-See picks, plus a few other noteworthy shows to check out around the area, too! (more...)

RB Productions to Open Summer Youth Series with HAIRSPRAY, 7/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

RB Productions' 2014 Summer Youth Theatre series to feature Hairspray, Cinderella Jr, Fiddler on the Roof Jr, and Into the Woods Jr. Starring talented young performers ages 8 to 19, these productions are sure to be family favorites this summer. (more...)

Hannah Elless and More Set for NYMF Readings of New Musical FOR TONIGHT, 7/9 & 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

For Tonight, a new original musical, by creators Shenelle Williams, Spencer Williams and Whitney Rhodes is headed to New York City to participate in The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as a developmental reading. For Tonight's story is inspired by the life of the writer's great-great-great-grandfather in the 1830's in Northern Wales/Liverpool. With its indie-rock inspired score and a completely original book, this story focuses on the universal themes of love, family and acceptance. The show will have three performances at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row in July 2014. (more...)

Moonlight Stage Presents the Southern California Premiere of Disney's MARY POPPINS, 7/16-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Moonlight Stage Productions' 34th summer season is well under way, and Artistic Director Steven Glaudini is proud to present the Southern California Regional Premiere of the smash hit Broadway musical MARY POPPINS, co-created by Disney and Cameron Mackintosh. Performances are July 16 to August 2. Single tickets are priced $15 to $52 and include price levels for student rush, military, senior, and family discounts. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit moonlightstage.com. (more...)

Photo Flashback: Remembering Mary Rodgers
by Walter McBride - Jun 27, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Mary Rodgers Guettel died at her home in Manhattan yesterday morning after a long illness, according to her son Alec Guettel. She was 83 years old. We remember the Broadway legend below. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: A Mary Rodgers Guettel Retrospective - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, FREAKY FRIDAY, Sondheim Collaborations, Etc.
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 27, 2014

Today we are saluting a versatile and unique figure in theatre history who grew up as the daughter of one of the most important composers in musical theatre and contributed recognizable and fondly remembered works of her own, as well - Mary Rodgers Guettel. (more...)

by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 27, 2014

Whether you've been living under a rock for the past week or you're just in the mood for a recap, BroadwayWorld's 'this week in pictures' is here to satisfy your end-of-the-week fix! Take a look below to catch up on the latest happenings from the Great White Way to The West End (and everywhere in between) with coverage of press events, rehearsals, opening nights and more. Highlights this week include the opening night of TICK, TICK...BOOM!, the racy opening number from BROADWAY BARES, the Gypsy Robe ceremony of HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME, and more! (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 6/27/14 - Town Hall, FIDDLER at Goodspeed, New BRIGADOON, Farewell to AFTER MIDNIGHT and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jun 27, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: THE AMBASSADOR REVUE gathers a group of celebs at The Town Hall, FIDDLER begins in Connecticut, an augmented BRIGADOON opens in Chicago, and AFTER MIDNIGHT closes on Broadway this Sunday! (more...)

Broadway to Dim Its Lights Tomorrow Night in Memory of Mary Rodgers Guettel
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Broadway community mourns the loss of accomplished author, screenwriter and composer, Mary Rodgers Guettel, who passed away on Thursday at age 83. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in her memory Saturday, June 28th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

Broadway Composer Mary Rodgers Guettel Passes Away at 83
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Mary Rodgers Guettel died at her home in Manhattan this morning after a long illness, according to her son Alec Guettel. She was 83 years old. (more...)

Olmsted Performing Arts to Present ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, 7/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Olmsted Performing Arts (OPA) in Olmsted Falls brings the fun, funny and heartfelt "Once Upon a Mattress" to the Olmsted Performing Arts Center (OPAC) Youth Stage in July. (more...)

Sarah Jessica Parker to Return to Television in Crime Thriller BUSTED?
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

'Sex And The City' star Sarah Jessica Parker is ready to make her return to television in the police crime thriller BUSTED. (more...)

Stephen Sondheim Society and London Theatre Workshop Present Musical Parody of Sondheim GOD,
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Stephen Sondheim Society, we will be paying tribute to Mr Sondheim and his genius, with a collection of material which affectionately celebrates and reflects our love for the great man himself in a brand new show GOD, premiering at London Theatre Workshop for only 6 performances this July. (more...)

Florence Henderson, Marie Osmond & More React to News of Ann B. Davis Passing
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Today co-stars and celebrities took to Twitter to share their reactions over the sad news (more...)

VIDEO: Brad Garrett Shares His Thoughts on Passing of Ann B. Davis
by - Jun 2, 2014

During the 7th Annual Television Academy Honors, Everybody Loves Raymond's Brad Garrett took a momen to share his thoughts with ET about the recent death of sitcom star Ann B. Davis (more...)

BRADY BUNCH & Broadway Star Ann B. Davis Dies at 88
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Ann B. Davis, best known for her portrayal of Alice Nelson in The Brady Bunch, passed away after a fall at the age of 88. (more...)

Musicals About Clinton, Oprah, Wikipedia, Zombies and More at the Center of NYMF 2014, Running 7/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the full lineup of productions, concerts, readings and special events for its 11th annual festival. This year's Festival will begin July 7th and continue through July 27th. (more...)

VIDEO: BRADY BUNCH Star Barry Williams Remembers Ann B. Davis
by TV News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

The actor described Davis as a 'big part of the family' and 'a wonderful, wonderful woman, a great friend.' (more...)

Olmsted Performing Arts' Megan Hyde, Director of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Talks About Her Experiences with Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The talented, energetic, bubbly and beautiful Megan Hyde of Olmsted Falls is the director of the July performance of "Once Upon a Mattress" at the Olmsted Performing Arts Center. Megan has been involved with Olmsted Performing Arts and acting since grade school. (more...)

URINETOWN, AS YOU LIKE IT, 21 & More Set for Point Park's Conservatory Theatre Company's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Point Park University's Conservatory Theatre Company will produce five works, including the world premiere of a new musical about the life of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, in the 2014-2015 season. (more...)

VIP Concert Performance of LOUIS-AND-ELLA Set for The Cutting Room, 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, Onemoe Music & Palm Beach Performing Arts Center will present a 75 minutes VIP Concert performance of LOUIS-AND-ELLA!, by Trent Armand Kendall (award winning writer & star of Picture Incomplete), Music Direction / Arrangements by David Snyder (Mr. Confidential, Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid) and Direction /Choreography by Jeff Whiting (Associate/Resident Director for Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish and Tony Nominated The Scottsboro Boys). (more...)

Photo Flash: Rehearsals Underway for Stephen Sondheim Society's GOD, July 8-12
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2014

Rehearsals are now well underway for GOD, the 20th anniversary celebration show from the Stephen Sondheim Society, which pays tribute to Mr Sondheim and his genius. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory to Present Staged Reading of BOYS WHO TRICKED ME, 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) presents a staged reading of Ben Bonnema's new interactive concert, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME. Billed as MTF's "big gay sleepover," the show encourages audience members to share secrets and stories, slumber-party style. An evening of songs about love gone wrong, lust gone right, and that nagging fear that you will die alone, BOYS WHO TRICKED ME stars Mike Longo (MTF's The Disappearing Man, Hair National Tour), Michael De Souza (Transport Theatre Company's Once Upon a Mattress), and Remy Germinario (Bunnicula National Tour). (more...)

Olmsted Performing Arts Brings ONCE UPON A MATTRESS to Stage, 7/1113
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Olmsted Performing Arts (OPA) - http://www.olmstedperformingarts.com - in Olmsted Falls brings the fun, funny and heartfelt "Once Upon a Mattress" to the Olmsted Performing Arts Center (OPAC) Youth Stage in July. (more...)

Paley Center to Celebrate Mary Rodgers with ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and FEATHERTOP Screenings, 7/19
by Movies News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Paley Presents will host 'A Celebration of Mary Rodgers' on Saturday, July 19, 2014, beginning at 2 pm in New York City. (more...)

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