A first-class ensemble has been assembled to support Sarah Jessica Parker in the Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress, the 1959 musical co-authored by Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller, beginning previews at the Broadhurst Theatre Nov. 18, opening Dec. 19.
The showcase role of Queen Agravain goes to Mary Lou Rosato (The Robber Bridegroom on Broadway). She appeared this year in Changes of the Heart at Berkeley Rep in and Mark Taper Forum in California. She has appeared on TV soaps including One Life to Live.
Lewis Cleale, who appeared on Broadway as Crosby in Swinging on a Star, will play Sir Harry. The role of Jester, originally featuring Michael McGrath, will now be played by David Hibbard, who recently left Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back!and appeared for three years as Rum Tum Tugger in Broadway's Cats.
Heath Lamberts (the tic-filled Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast) will lord over the proceedings as the silent King. Jane Krakowski (Flaemmchen in Grand Hotel and April in the 1995 Company revival) will play Lady Larkin, and David Aaron Baker (The Moliere Comedies) will be Prince Dauntless.
The Minstrels and the Wizard have been assigned to Lawrence Clayton (Dreamgirls) and Tom Alan Robbins (Jerome Robbins' Broadway) respectively. A musicalization of Hans Christian Andersen's The Princess and the Pea, the show depicts a royal kingdom in the midst of a desperate search to find a suitable bride for Prince Dauntless. His mother, Queen Agravain, has set up a series of impossible tests for each candidate, which the unstoppable Princess Winifred (Parker) must overcome in order to win the hand of The Prince.
The design team behind Once Upon a Mattress includes Liza Gennaro (choreography), John Lee Beatty (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes), Pat Collins (lighting), Otts Munderloh (sound) and Eric Stern (musical direction).