Once Upon a Mattress 1960

Opened: September 20, 1960

Once Upon a Mattress - 1960 - West End History , Info & More

Adelphi Theatre
Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R 0NS, United Kingdom London WC2R ONS

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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Wake Up With BroadwayWorld March 18, 2024
by - Mar 18, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is March 18, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.

Westport Country Playhouse Kicks Off 2024 Script In Hand Playreading Series With Tale Of Sports Legend LOMBARDI
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 25, 2024

Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of “Lombardi,” a Broadway hit about the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi and his family, on and off the playing field, on Monday, February 5, at 7 p.m.

Stage West Opens Season With ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
by Stephi Wild - Oct 6, 2023

How do you tell a real princess from a wannabe?  You’ll have a grand time finding out, as Stage West, in a co-production with Theatre TCU, presents the charming, classic fairytale musical Once Upon a Mattress, which begins a 3-week run on Thursday, October 19.  Learn more about the production here!

Algonquin Reunites MAN OF LA MANCHA Cast and Creative Team for 10th Anniversary Production
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 24, 2022

Algonquin Arts Theatre (Pamela Ward-Executive Director) has announced the cast and creative team for its fall musical, Man of La Mancha. The show will run at Algonquin Arts Theatre from October 14 through October 23.

Stephanie Trudeau to Return to Don't Tell Mama With BECOMING CHAVELA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 2, 2021

Actor/cabaret singer Stephanie Trudeau will return to Don't Tell Mama, 343 W. 46th Street, on December 30 at 7:00 PM in the updated version of her docu-cabaret musical, 'Becoming Chavela.'  Written and performed by Ms. Trudeau, the piece is more than just a musical cabaret based on the songs of legendary Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. 

Student Blog: Zodiac Signs of Tony-Nominated Musicals
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021

The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!

Brandon Victor Dixon, Beth Malone and More Join 92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes: THE THEME FROM…: SONGS WRITTEN FOR FILM 
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 8, 2020

92Y has announced Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes: THE THEME FROM…: SONGS WRITTEN FOR FILM, hosted by Tony- nominated actor Beth Malone, and featuring appearances from Nikki Renée Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kara Lindsay, Julia Murney, and more!

Nikki Renée Daniels, Julia Murney, Jeff Kready & More Featured in JULE STYNE AND HIS MANY LYRICISTS: DISTANT MELODY
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2020

It is said that Jule Styne published over 1,500 songs in his lifetime, a staggering number that spans decades and includes some of the biggest hits in the history of popular song. His lyricists were such names as Frank Loesser ('I Don't Want To Walk Without You'), Sammy Cahn ('It's Magic'), Betty Comden & Adolph Green ('Just in Time'), and more.

UN DÍA COMO HOY: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS se estrenaba en Broadway
by Cristina Martinez - Nov 25, 2020

al día como hoy en 1959 el, entonces conocido como, Alvin Theatre (hoy el Neil Simon Theatre), subía el telón por primera vez para escenificar ONCE UPON A MATRESS.

Nikki Renée Daniels, Julia Murney, Zachary Noah Piser & More Featured in 92Y's L&L PRELUDES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2020

In a loose song cycle format, this program will weave his work with the charming and witty creations of daughter Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and the complex and extraordinary palette of grandson Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza, Floyd Collins ), as we look toward the progression of musicals over the decades and into the future.

Theater Stories: Learn About the Box Office Record-Breaking Production of FENCES, THE MINUTES & More About The Cort Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2020

This week's Theater Stories features the Cort Theatre! Learn about the box office record-breaking production of Fences, it's longest-running show The Magic Show with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and much more!

Brandon Victor Dixon Joins Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes: TOM JONES & HARVEY SCHMIDT: SIMPLE LITTLE THINGS at 92Y
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 30, 2020

Tony-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon has joined the ensemble of Lyrics & Lyricists Preludes - Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt: Simple Little Things at 92Y.

Nikki Renee Daniels and Jeff Kready Join LYRICS & LYRICISTS PRELUDES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 13, 2020

92Y has announced Nikki Renée Daniels and Jeff Kready have joined the ensemble for Lyrics & Lyricistsa?? Preludes and Beth Malone narrates the new online autumn season for the American Songbook series, with five concerts filmed on the stage of 92Y's historic Kaufmann Concert Hall.

Telly Leung, Kara Lindsay, Julia Murney & More Featured in 92Y's LYRICS & LYRICISTS PRELUDES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 2, 2020

This fall brings new life toa??92Y's Lyrics & Lyricistsa?? with Preludes, a new autumn series to be available online. Five short-form programs will serve as a prologue to the upcoming 50th Anniversary Season in Spring 2021 in this special series led by Artistic Director Paul Masse.

BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest Musical Theatre Characters (1940-2020)
by Peter Nason - Apr 30, 2020

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best musical theatre characters from 1940-2020; see if your favorites are on our list of the best characters from Broadway musicals.

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by Linnae Medeiros - Aug 16, 2019

Audiences are getting ready to head to Skid Row this fall! As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's classic sci-fi musical Little Shop of Horrors is returning to New York at the Westside Theatre, with previews beginning September 17th and opening night set for October 17th. The production is set to run for a limited engagement through November 24th. To prepare you to go somewhere that's green, we're getting to know the show's cast, including Jonathan Groff, Tammy Blanchard, Christian Borle, and more. Check it all out!

Folks Operetta Presents THE FLOWER OF HAWAII
by Julie Musbach - May 22, 2019

Folks Operetta continues its Reclaimed Voices Series with Paul Ábraham's exotic jazz operetta, The Flower of Hawaii featuring soprano and former Ms. Illinois Marisa Bucheit (2014) as Princess Laya/Suzanne. 

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by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 5, 2019

Craig Lucas' evocative libretto and Adam Guettel's lushly romantic (and Tony Award-winning) score, notwithstanding - and putting aside the momentous occasion of Street Theatre Company inaugurating a new theater venue - perhaps the most notable attribute of the Ernie Nolan-directed version of The Light in the Piazza debuting tonight is its stellar cast of artists who bring the show to life with such apparent ardor. Continuing through April 20, STC's The Light in the Piazza is beautifully sung and impressively acted by Nolan's impeccably cast ensemble in a production fairly redolent of mid-century Florence and it serves as the perfect introduction to STC's new home.

by Julie Musbach - Mar 18, 2019

Folks Operetta continues its 2018- 2019 season of the Reclaimed Voices Series with a concert celebration of Paul Ábraham's jazz operettas in Goodbye Berlin, Aloha Hawaii! This multimedia concert, written by Hersh Glagov and Gerald Frantzen, will take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, Performance Penthouse, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago

Stephanie Trudeau Brings Her Docu-cabaret Musical CHAVELA: THINK OF ME To Don't Tell Mama
by Julie Musbach - Mar 14, 2019

Actor/cabaret singer Stephanie Trudeau will perform an updated version of her docu-cabaret musical, 'Chavela: Think Of Me,' at Don't Tell Mama, 343 West 46th Street, April 12 and May 17.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Comes to The Playground Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018

The team behind the critically acclaimed, sold out UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs, adapted by Nathan Lane at Jermyn Street Theatre, are to present a new production of the hit Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress.

by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) opens its 2018-19 season to Once Upon a Mattress, with performances running September 13-30, 2018.

by Stephi Wild - Aug 28, 2018

The Douglas Morrisson Theatre (DMT) opens its 2018-19 season to Once Upon a Mattress, with performances running September 13-30, 2018.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Comes to The Playground Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Aug 20, 2018

The team behind the critically acclaimed, sold out UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim's The Frogs, adapted by Nathan Lane at Jermyn Street Theatre, are to present a new production of the hit Broadway musical Once Upon A Mattress.

Bay Street Theater Announces Music Mondays Concert Series For July And August; Norm Lewis, Mandy Gonzalez, and More
by Julie Musbach - May 15, 2018

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What productions of Once Upon a Mattress have there been?
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.