Once Upon a Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers

Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Book by Jay ThompsonDean 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

Jackie Hoffman
John "Lypsinka" Epperson
Jessica Fontana
David Greenspan
Hunter Ryan Herdlika
Cory Lingner
Zak Resnick
Jay Rogers
Jason SweetTooth Williams
Vivienne Cleary
Richard Costa
Michael De Souza
Tim Dolan
Jack Donahue
Amy Griffin
Sarah Killough
Kristen Michelle
Ali Reed
Doug Shapiro
Jack Cummings III
Sandra Goldmark
Scenic Design
Kathryn Rohe
Costume Design
R. Lee Kennedy
Lighting Design
Walter Trarbach
Sound Design
Scott Rink
Musical Staging & Choreography
Matt Castle
Musical Director
Frank Galgano & Matt Castle
Ken Fallin
Live Illustrator
Paul Huntley
Wig Design
Louis Braun
Make-up Design
Nora Brennan Casting
Casting Director
R. Lee Kennedy
Lighting Designer

Check out highlights from the 2013 concert version, starring Jackie Hoffman & John "Lypsinka" Epperson!

Oct 12, 2015

The Original Princess Winnifred joined Transport Group supporters and friends for an intimate cocktail party.

Oct 12, 2015

The New York Times is just as excited about ONCE UPON A MATTRESS as we are - and we're in some pretty fine company!

Dec 18, 2015

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.

Dec 14, 2015

 [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.

Dec 14, 2015

 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.

Dec 14, 2015

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.