Friday, November 12, 2010

Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress
Composed by Mary Rodgers
Premiered 1959

This is a fun musical with music provided by Mary Rodgers, daughter of Richard Rodgers and mother of Adam Guettel (I think it's awesome that they're a family with three generations of Broadway composers.)

It is basically the tale of "The Princess and the Pea" but with a few twists and plenty of references to other fairy tales.  It has been on Broadway twice, the first time starring Carol Burnett and the second time with Sarah Jessica Parker.  Cast recordings of both are available and I would definitely recommend them.  There was also a TV movie version that I do not recommend although it features Zooey Deschanel, who I adore, and Matthew Morrison, who of course has now found greater fame through Glee as the secondary couple.  Carol Burnett also shows up this time as the antagonist.

I'm not sure any of the songs are famous on their own but I include the list here in case they are:
Many Moons Ago
An Opening for a Princess
In a Little While
The Minstrel, the Jester, and I
The Swamps of Home
Spanish Panic
A Girl Named Fred
Goodnight Sweet Princess
Happily Ever After
Man to Man Talk
Very Soft Shoes
Yesterday I Loved You
Nightingale Lullaby

1 comment:

  1. I just love musicals and I haven't heard of this one, but I will check the songs, definitely. I like the idea of music having been composed for the Princess and the Pea story, basically. Thanks for pointing it out!


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