New "Once Upon a Mattress" — with Ullman — to Arrive on DVD in December

News   New "Once Upon a Mattress" — with Ullman — to Arrive on DVD in December The new version of "Once Upon a Mattress" — starring Tracey Ullman as the remarkably "shy" Princess Winnifred — will be released on DVD Dec. 20, just two days after it airs on ABC-TV.

Tracey Ullman in
Tracey Ullman in "Once Upon a Mattress".

Amazon.com is currently taking pre-orders for the DVD of the made-for-TV musical, which also features Matthew Morrison as Sir Harry, Denis O'Hare as Prince Dauntless, Zooey Deschanel as Lady Larken, Tommy Smothers as King Sextimus, Michael Boatman as the Jester and Edward Hibbert as the Wizard.

Carol Burnett, who starred in Mattress on Broadway in 1959 and on television in 1964 (in black and white) and in 1972 (in color), plays the conniving Queen Aggravain. The new production — featuring a teleplay by Janet Brownell — was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall with costume designs by Bob Mackie.

The running time of the DVD is 90 minutes.

"Once Upon a Mattress" has a list price of $19.99, although Amazon is currently offering a reduced price of $14.99. Visit www.amazon.com for more information.

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Once Upon a Mattress, which is essentially the fable of "The Princess and the Pea" set to music, marked Carol Burnett's Broadway debut, and her role as the comical Winnifred became one of Burnett's signature parts. Featuring a score by Mary Rodgers (music) and Marshall Barer (lyrics) and a book by Barer, Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller, the original Broadway company also included Jack Gilford, Joe Bova and Jane White. The 1996 Broadway revival featured "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker in the role created by Burnett with co-stars David Aaron Baker, Jane Krakowski and Mary Lou Rosato.

Executive producers of the new "Mattress" are Wicked's Marc E. Platt, actress Burnett and Marty Tudor.