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Once Upon a Mattress [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Once Upon a Mattress, a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Princess and the Pea," is remembered as a modest success it ran for 216 performances Off-Broadway in 1959-60, then transferred to Broadway for another 244 performances that provides two footnotes to theater history: its songs were composed by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and Carol Burnett first made her mark in the starring role of the princess. The original Broadway and London productions produced cast albums, but after that decades went by without an important revival. Meanwhile, notes annotator Bill Rosenfield, the show, doubtless largely because ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Once Upon a Mattress, a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Princess and the Pea," is remembered as a modest success it ran for 216 performances Off-Broadway in 1959-60, then transferred to Broadway for another 244 performances that provides two footnotes to theater history: its songs were composed by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and Carol Burnett first made her mark in the starring role of the princess. The original Broadway and London productions produced cast albums, but after that decades went by without an important revival. Meanwhile, notes annotator Bill Rosenfield, the show, doubtless largely because of its subject matter, became a perennial favorite for school's and other amateur stagings, with "over 300 productions annually in the U.S. alone." That in itself was reason enough to mount a Broadway revival, if only to have the opportunity to update the lyrics and libretto, have new orchestrations done, and generally spiff up an old warhorse. The key challenge, of course, was casting the princess, and when the revival opened on December 19, 1996, critics agreed that the challenge had not been met. Sarah Jessica Parker was a Broadway veteran, her stage career dating back to Annie, but she was too pretty for the part of a rough-and-tumble princess from the swamps whose nickname is Fred, and worse, she wasn't very funny. As a result, perhaps, the revival ran only 187 performances. On record, Parker is far more acceptable, rampaging through her first big number, "Shy," and she gets plenty of support from the rest of the cast. The score, augmented with a new song, "Goodnight, Sweet Princess," remains serviceable but unmemorable. The cast album to get is still the original with Burnett.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Rca Victor Broadway
  • UPC: 090266872824
  • Catalog Number: 68728
  • Sales rank: 17,415

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Overture - The Orchestra (4:09)
  2. 2 Many Moons Ago - Lawrence Clayton (3:39)
  3. 3 An Opening for a Princess (2:36)
  4. 4 In a Little While - Lewis Cleale (3:12)
  5. 5 On a Stormy Night... - Lawrence Clayton (1:04)
  6. 6 Shy (4:19)
  7. 7 Minstrel, the Jester & I (2:07)
  8. 8 Sensivity - Mary Lou Rosato (2:53)
  9. 9 The Swamps of Home (2:59)
  10. 10 Normandy (3:33)
  11. 11 Spanish Panic (3:27)
  12. 12 Song of Love (4:01)
  13. 13 Entr'acte - The Orchestra (1:27)
  14. 14 Quiet - David Hibbard (1:40)
  15. 15 Goodnight, Sweet Princess (1:30)
  16. 16 Happily Ever After - Sarah Jessica Parker (4:10)
  17. 17 Man to Man Talk - Heath Lamberts (4:38)
  18. 18 Very Soft Shoes (3:38)
  19. 19 Yesterday I Loved You - Lewis Cleale (2:35)
  20. 20 Lullaby (2:48)
  21. 21 Finale (1:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Players Track Performer
Martin Agee Violin
Belinda Whitney-Barratt Violin
Ann Brown Track Performer
Stephanie Cummins Cello
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Crystal Garner Viola
John Meyers Percussion, Drums
Daniel Miller Cello
Joe Mosello Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Roger Rosenberg Woodwind
Bruce Samuels Synthesizer
Dick Sarpolo Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Sarah Adams Viola
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
Eric Stern Conductor
Richard Heckman Woodwind
Laura Bontrager Cello
David Hibbard Track Performer
Jane Krakowski Track Performer
Janet Metz Track Performer
David Baker Track Performer
Jason Opsahl Track Performer
Maria Calabrese Track Performer
Todd Ellison Synthesizer, Conductor, Keyboards
Dave Elder Track Performer
Adam Ben-David Synthesizer, Keyboards
Jennifer Smith Track Performer
David Jennings Track Performer
Pamela Gold Track Performer
Arte Phillips Track Performer
Rosemary Loar Track Performer
Tom Alan Robbins Track Performer
Lawrence Clayton Track Performer
Heath Lamberts Track Performer
Lewis Cleale Track Performer
Sarah Jessica Parker Track Performer
Mary Lou Rosato Track Performer
Bob Walton Track Performer
Pascale Faye Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Michael Roth Violin, Viola, Concert Master
Technical Credits
Stan Freberg Composer
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Geoffrey Burgon Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Miklós Rózsa Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Trevor Rabin Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Kander Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Bruce Coughlin Orchestration
Mark Mancina Composer
James Nichols Engineer
Jay David Saks Producer
Bruce Samuels Programming
David Shire Composer
Bill Rosenfield Liner Notes
Ivan Chermayeff Illustrations
Ken Kahn Producer
Eric Stern Arranger, Director
Christine Chagnon Art Direction
Theodore S. Chapin Liner Notes
Stephen Schwartz Composer
Marshall Barer Composer
Janet Gari Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An old-fashion musical, brought back as an original production!!!

    I was the role of the Minstrel in the show that we performed this past March 2005 at my high school. After listening to the songs countless times, I've grown to love this show and I have declared that it is my favorite Broadway musical. What I love most about this cute little show is that it is bright and colorful and thoroughly enjoyable. It has as I like to say, "the Broadway charm." It is a revival but it was brought back with the contemporary Broadway style of a musical.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!

    I loved this album! I recommend this album for any lover of Broadway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's The Best Show Ever

    We just finished performing this play, and I LOVE THE MUSIC. It's great music, and fun to listen too!

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