Once Upon a Mattress [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

Once Upon a Mattress [1996 Broadway Revival Cast]

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/1997
Label:
Rca Victor Broadway
UPC:
0090266872824
catalogNumber:
68728
Rank:
143907

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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
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
Orchestra   Track Performer
Michael Roth   Violin,Viola,Concert Master
Jennifer Smith   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Bruce Coughlin   Orchestration
James Nichols   Engineer
Jay David Saks   Producer
Bruce Samuels   Programming
Bill Rosenfield   Liner Notes
Ivan Chermayeff   Illustrations
Ken Kahn   Producer
Eric Stern   Arranger,Director
Christine Chagnon   Art Direction
Theodore S. Chapin   Liner Notes
Marshall Barer   Composer

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Once Upon a Mattress [1996 Broadway Revival Cast] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We just finished performing this play, and I LOVE THE MUSIC. It's great music, and fun to listen too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album! I recommend this album for any lover of Broadway.