Once Upon a Mattress
Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer
Starring Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson
Directed by Jack Cummings III
November 23, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Performances at Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
This revival of the raucous musical fairy tale Once Upon A Mattress will star the formidable Jackie Hoffman (On the Town, Xanadu, Hairspray) and the iconic John “Lypsinka” Epperson (Lypsinka’s The Boxed Set, The Passion of the Crawford). During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (Hoffman). Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured. The truly terrible Queen Aggravain (Lypsinka) goes on a mission to come between her son and his soulmate in this retelling of the classic story of “The Princess and the Pea.” This is a Happily-Ever-After unlike any other!
Special thanks to our Opening Night partner, Hästens
Check out highlights from the 2013 concert version, starring Jackie Hoffman & John "Lypsinka" Epperson!
The Original Princess Winnifred joined Transport Group supporters and friends for an intimate cocktail party.
The New York Times is just as excited about ONCE UPON A MATTRESS as we are - and we're in some pretty fine company!
Hoffman keenly balances a more classical Broadway voice and finely-tuned character singing to keep the audience laughing with her. Moreover, Hoffman’s adorably abrasive Winnifred is so perfectly imperfect in stature and physicality that the audience simply can’t help but be won over by her.
[Hoffman] is a vocal slapstick artist of both speech and song, shifting registers and styles with madcap virtuosity...the scheming Queen Aggravain, is embodied as an haute-couture villainess by the incomparable Lypsinka.
Offbeat, joyful, absolutely triumphant...It combines an affection for old-fashioned musical comedy with a downtown vibe and pumped-up hormonal spirit...The revival is dedicated to the memory of its composer, Mary Rodgers, who passed away last year. She would have loved it.
Under Jack Cummings's sly direction, it's smartly designed and gorgeously dressed (by Sandra Goldmark and Kathryn Rohe, respectively); the entire cast excels, as does Matt Castle's twelve-piece pit orchestra.