Once Upon a Mattress: Musical Info & Synopsis


Once Upon a Mattress is set in a medieval kingdom, following the search for a princess to marry Prince Dauntless, whose domineering mother, Queen Aggravain, has made it nearly impossible for anyone to pass her rigorous tests. Enter Princess Winnifred, a spirited and unrefined young woman from the swamps, who arrives seeking the prince’s hand in marriage. Once Upon a Mattress offers a comedic twist of a fairy tale, touching on themes of tradition, family, and royalty.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Golden Age (1959)

Cast Size: 25+

Genre: Comedy / Fairy Tale

Setting: 500s-1300s / Fictional

Creative Team

Music: Mary Rodgers

Lyrics/Book: Marshall Barer

Book: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (1959)➝

Broadway Cast (1997)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Concord Theatricals➝

Sheet Music: Musicnotes➝


1950s, ClassicComedicFantasy, Golden Age, Large Cast, PopularRoyalty

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