The Verdict: Critics Review Off-Broadway Revival of Once Upon a Mattress

The Verdict   The Verdict: Critics Review Off-Broadway Revival of Once Upon a Mattress
The Transport Group revival of the Tony-nominated Once Upon a Mattress officially opened Dec. 13 following previews that began Nov. 23 at The Abrons Arts Center. The musical comedy stars Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and John "Lypsinka" Epperson as Queen Aggravain.
Jackie Hoffman and company in <i>Once Upon a Mattress</i>
Jackie Hoffman and company in Once Upon a Mattress Photo by Carol Rosegg

The production is helmed by Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III, who was approached by the show's composer, the late Mary Rodgers, about a full-scale revival following his acclaimed concert staging in 2013.

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The whimsical musical comedy – a twist on "The Princess and the Pea" – features music by Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and a book by Barer. It first played Off-Broadway in 1959 before transferring to Broadway that same year, where it was nominated for five Tony Awards and famously made a bona fide star of its lead actress, Carol Burnett, as Princess Winnifred. 

The critics are filing their reviews, and will continue to update them for our readers.


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