30 Years of Encores!

Once Upon a Mattress

Dates

Jan 24 – Feb 4, 2024

Recommended for everyone ages 5 and up.

Times

WEEK ONE | Jan 24 – 28, 2024
Wed – Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm

WEEK TWO | Jan 30 – Feb 4, 2024
Tue – Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2pm

Price

Tickets from $45 (fees included)

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Family Friendly Matinee

Sat Feb 3 at 2pm
Young audience members and their grown-ups are especially welcome at this performance. Pre-show activities and theater games available beginning at 1:30pm on the Grand Tier. 

Community Night

Fri Jan 26 at 6:30pm
Join us for a pre-show prance celebrating princesses from all walks of life, featuring a special drag performance. Come dressed in your unique royal garments! Space is limited, so please arrive early.

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Thu Feb 1 at 7:30pm
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To book a group of 10 or more tickets, visit Broadway Plus, call 646.838.0749, or email concierge@broadwayplus.com.

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About

Ebullient, joyful

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Musical theater legend Sutton Foster (The Music Man) returns to the City Center stage as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone alongside Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) as Prince Dauntless in this beloved musical fairytale. Full of gloriously catchy melodies like “Shy” and “In a Little While,” this uproarious update of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” also features Nikki Renée Daniels (Lady Larken), J. Harrison Ghee (Jester), Harriet Harris (Queen Aggravain), Cheyenne Jackson (Sir Harry), Francis Jue (Wizard), and David Patrick Kelly (King Sextimus the Silent).

Led by Tony-nominated Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet (Into the Woods, Lionel Bart’s Oliver!) and with a new concert adaptation by Amy Sherman-Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Once Upon a Mattress sets an unapologetic free spirit loose in a repressed kingdom, reveling in Winnifred’s ability to charm and transform with willpower, honesty, and a little bit of help from her friends.

This production of Once Upon a Mattress is dedicated to the memory of City Center Board member Luigi Caiola, who was a true advocate for the arts and a passionate Encores! supporter. Luigi’s legacy will live on here at City Center and across New York’s theaters for years to come.

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Casting and programming subject to change.

Dates

Jan 24 – Feb 4, 2024

Recommended for everyone ages 5 and up.

Times

WEEK ONE | Jan 24 – 28, 2024
Wed – Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2 & 7pm

WEEK TWO | Jan 30 – Feb 4, 2024
Tue – Fri 7:30pm
Sat 2 & 8pm | Sun 2pm

Price

Tickets from $45 (fees included)

Run Time

Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission

Family Friendly Matinee

Sat Feb 3 at 2pm
Young audience members and their grown-ups are especially welcome at this performance. Pre-show activities and theater games available beginning at 1:30pm on the Grand Tier. 

Community Night

Fri Jan 26 at 6:30pm
Join us for a pre-show prance celebrating princesses from all walks of life, featuring a special drag performance. Come dressed in your unique royal garments! Space is limited, so please arrive early.

ASL Interpreted Performance asl-logo-01.svg

Thu Feb 1 at 7:30pm
Learn More & Buy Tickets

Group Sales

To book a group of 10 or more tickets, visit Broadway Plus, call 646.838.0749, or email concierge@broadwayplus.com.

Accessible Program PDF

Download

In the Press

POV NYT Critics Pick

Critic's Pick: Once Upon a Mattress Review: Sutton Foster as a Perfectly Goofy Princess

POV TheaterMania

Perfectly cast from top to bottom

POV Theater Pizazz

Exceedingly fun

POV NY Sun

A role Sutton Foster was born to play

Artists

Cast & Credits

Encores!

Once Upon a Mattress is part of the 30th Encores! series, helmed by Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, Producing Creative Director Clint Ramos, Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and VP & Producer of Musical Theater Jenny Gersten.

This series of concert stagings revisits the archives of American musical theater. Centered around The Encores! Orchestra, these revivals are produced with limited runs and rehearsal schedules, spotlighting the vocal talents of star-studded ensembles.

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