Sutton Foster, Michael Urie to star in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ on Broadway this summer

The award-winning actors led a two-week revival of the musical at New York City Center earlier this year, and the production will now play the Hudson Theatre.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

UPDATE: Michael Urie will star opposite Sutton Foster in Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway.

There’s an opening for a princess (and a prince)! The fairytale musical Once Upon a Mattress will play a limited run on Broadway this summer, with two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in the starring role opposite Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie. Performances will run from July 31 to November 30 at the Hudson Theatre, with opening night on August 12.

Directed by Lear deBessonet, this production of Once Upon a Mattress premiered off Broadway in January at New York City Center to critical acclaim. The show was part of Encores!, an annual series of three limited-run musical revivals at the historic venue. The series is dedicated to shows that do not get regularly revived.

Once Upon a Mattress was last on Broadway from 1996-97, with Sarah Jessica Parker playing the lead role of Princess Winifred. Foster — who just wrapped a run as Mrs. Lovett in the Tony-winning revival of Sweeney Todd — now plays the part in this comedic adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, and Urie plays Prince Dauntless. Both reprise their roles from Encores!

The show takes place in the far-off kingdom led by Queen Aggravain, who is reluctant to give her son, Prince Dauntless, away in marriage. She designs impossible tests for princesses to prove their worth and sends them away when they fail. When Winifred comes along, she and Dauntless hit it off — but will she be deemed a true princess?

Complete Broadway casting has yet to be announced. The cast of the Encores! production also included Nikki Renée Daniels as Lady Larken, J. Harrison Ghee as the Jester, Harriet Harris as Queen Aggravain, Cheyenne Jackson as Sir Harry, Francis Jue as the Wizard, and David Patrick Kelly as King Sextimus the Silent.

Once Upon a Mattress features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Barer. Alongside deBessonet, Lorin Latarro choreographs the production, Mary-Mitchell Campbell is music supervisor, Annbritt duChateau is music director, and Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) newly adapted the show.

The creative team also includes set designer David Zinn, costume designer Andrea Hood, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designer Kai Harada, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, and hair and wig designer J. Jared Janas.

Check back for information on Once Upon a Mattress tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Photo credit: Sutton Foster and Michael Urie. (Photos by Jenny Anderson)

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