Once Upon a Mattress

Musical - Original

Phoenix Theatre (May 11, 1959 - November 15, 1959)
Alvin Theatre (November 25, 1959 - February 22, 1960)
Winter Garden Theatre (February 24, 1960 - April 23, 1960)
Cort Theatre (April 25, 1960 - May 07, 1960)
St. James Theatre (May 09, 1960 - July 02, 1960)
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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: May 11, 1959
  • Closing Date: July 2, 1960
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 460

Book: Dean Fuller, Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer

Lyrics: Marshall Barer

Music: Mary Rodgers


In this musical version of The Princess and the Pea, Princess Winnifred is an ungainly, brash girl competing for the hand of Prince Dauntless, whose domineering mother Queen Aggravain has declared he must marry a "true" princess before anyone else in the kingdom can marry.


Once Upon a Mattress played 216 performances Off-Broadway at the Phoenix Theatre, followed by 244 performances on Broadway at the Alvin, Winter Garden, Cort and St. James Theatres.


Opening Night Cast

Carol Burnett in Once Upon a Mattress Carol Burnett Princess Winnifred
Joseph Bova Prince Dauntless
Allen Case Sir Harry
Jack Gilford The King Sextimus
Anne Jones Lady Larken
Matt Mattox Jester
Harry Snow Minstrel
Robert Weil Wizard
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Jay Thompson Book
  Marshall Barer Book
  Dean Fuller Book
Mary Rodgers Mary Rodgers Music
  Marshall Barer Lyrics
George Abbott George Abbott Director
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Shows That Opened That Season: 1958 - 1959

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Theatre World

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Theatre World Award Carol Burnett Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1960 Actress in a Musical Carol Burnett Nominee
1960 Musical Jay Thompson
Marshall Barer
Dean Fuller
Mary Rodgers
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