Once upon a mattress is a musical
that started on Broadway in 1969. The music is written by Mary Rodgers, “the
lyrics were written by Marshall Barer. However, the play of Hans Christen
Anderson fairy tale The Princess and The Pea”. Which are the stimuli?
When the play first stared out there were
mixed reviews, however, the play became successful and popular with critics and
actors. Once upon a mattress is mostly used in education programs.
Mary Rodgers wrote music for
Once Upon a Mattress is set
in the 15th Century. The theme is set in the Medieval Kingdom. The kingdom is
ruled by a malleolus Queen Aggravain, The King Sextimus can’t talk because he
has been cursed by a witch and the only way to remove this curse is “When the
mouse devours the hawk”. The Kingdom is
not happy with Queen Aggravain behaviour, because she has decided that no one
can get married until her son the Prince Dauntless get married to a princess of
a descendant of royal blood. The Queen gives princess ridiculous and unnecessary
test to prove if they are worthy of being married to the prince. In this scene, the Queen is questioning the
12th princess with and unfair knowing they will not pass the examination. The
Queen misses out a question just to be mean “What was the middle name of the
daughter-in-law of the best friend of the best friend of the blacksmith who
forged the sword that killed the beast”
“The first production an
off-Broadway Phoenix Theatre started May 11th, 1959, then moved to Alvin
Theatre later on in the year, which is now known Neil Simon Theatre, then moved
to many more Broadway theatre”. Then to set at St. James Theatre, and did a
total of 244 performances. “That was directed by George Abbott, choreographed
by Joe Layton.” “Once Upon a Mattress marked the Broadway debt of later stage”
Carol Burnett, who played the original princess Winnifred, was featured in Once
Upon a Mattress. Also, Jack Gilford, Jane White and Allen Case were featured
and so were many more. Jane White acted the role Queen Aggravain. “Jack Gilford
took the role of king Sextiums the silent and was replaced later by Will Lee”.
The musical was nominated for a Tony award for best musical and best leading
actress, Carol Burnett was nominated for this. Carol Burnet then left the show
and replaced by Ann B Davis.
Once Upon a Mattress opened
in London on September 20th, 1960 at Adelphi Theatre. Which only had 24
performances, this shows that the show was not successful.
On the December 19th, 1996
was Once Upon a Mattress opened” by Jane by Krakowski, Sarah Jessica Parka and
Lewis Create”, creating a Broadway revival, which they then ran 188
performances. “The musical was nominated for a Tony award for best revival of a
musical in 1997”.
On the 3rd June 1964, Once
Upon a Mattress was aired, this was the first adaptation to be put on
television. “It was videotaped in black and white, 1960 was the era that colour
television came out however people did not start transitioning to colour
television until 1965”. The show was videotaped with a live audience and had to
minimise the running time to 90 minutes, this meant songs had to be cut or even
shorted, this also happed with some of the scenes. They even did not show the
full conflict of Sir Harry and Lady Herkin that they got married in secret.
On the December 12th, 1972,
the second television productions were created. The play was taped in colour,
this meant that it took them eight years to get it into colour. However, in
this production, they had Carol Burnnet, Jack Gilford and Jane White who are
the original cast of the Broadway of Once Upon a Mattress. On the other hand,
they then repeatedly had to cut songs and characters or even combined them. The
Wizard and the Minstrel were cut from this production.
On the December 18th, 2005,
third Once Upon a Mattress was aired on ABC, in the United States of America at
Disney. The DVD was released two days later. “Coral Bernett played Queen
Aggravin and Denis O’Hare as Prince Dauntless, Tom Smothers as King Sextimus,
Tracey Ullmon as Princess Winnifred, Zooey Deschanel as Lady Larken, and Matthew
Morrison as Sir Harry.”Kathlem Marshell was the director and executive
producer. Once again cuts were in this production.