Once Upon a Mattress 1959

Opened: May 11, 1959

Once Upon a Mattress - 1959 - Broadway History , Info & More

Phoenix Theatre
189 Second Avenue New York, NY 10009

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.

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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.

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Once Upon a Mattress has had 8 productions including Broadway which opened in 1959, Off-Broadway which opened in 1959, Broadway which opened in 1959, West End which opened in 1960, Broadway which opened in 1996, Broadway which opened in 1996, Regional (US) which opened in 2004 and Off-Broadway which opened in 2015.
Once Upon a Mattress has been nominated for the Performance category at the Theatre World Awards, specifically for Carol Burnett.
Once Upon a Mattress has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Carol Burnett.

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