Sarah Jessica Parker is ending one life experience and starting another -- all within the same week and a half.
It was announced May 21 that Parker married longtime boyfriend, Tony-winner Matthew Broderick in New York May 19. Parker's current Broadway project, One Upon a Mattress, closes May 31.
The couple had been denying reporters' constant questions about nuptial matters right up to the day of the wedding. The annoucement came through Baker, Winokur, Ryder, their public relations firm in Los Angeles. The service was performed in a synagogue on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Parker and Broderick starred together on Broadway in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
The Once Upon A Mattress cast is scheduled to give its final performance as part of the June 1 Tony Awards ceremony, with Parker singing the brash comic tune, "Shy."
The revival, directed by Gerald Gutierrez, opened Dec. 19, 1996. The show got mixed to negative reviews for the most part, but hung on for several months by targeting family audiences and releasing a cast CD on RCA Victor. When the show ends May 31, it will have played 33 previews and 187 regular performances at the Broadhurst Theatre. One promotion that worked very well for Mattress has been the Thursday "Kids Night," with children, 4-14, getting a free ticket when accompanied by a full-paid adult. From now through the end of the show's run, the producers are making every performance Kid's Night. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by telephone (give the code "NVKID"). (The offer may not be combined with any other discount and does not apply to previously purchased tickets.)
For more detailed stories on the Mattress saga, see Playbill On Line's stories, "McGrath Bounces From Broadway Mattress; Hibbard Tucked In;" "Sarah Jessica Parker Mattress Opens Dec. 19;" "Mary Rodgers On Splendors And Spats Of Mattress," and "B'way Mattress Offering Free Kids' Tix Thursdays."
Currently starring in Mattress are Parker, Mary Lou Rosato, David Aaron Baker, Heath Lamberts, Lannyl Stephens, Lewis Cleale, David Hibbard, Lawrence Clayton and Tom Alan Robbins. For tickets and information call (212) 239-6200 in NY or (800) 432-7250 elsewhere. You can also buy tickets on Playbill On-Line.