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Ana Gasteyer, Brooks Ashmanskas Join Broadway Revival Cast of Once Upon a Mattress

Sutton Foster and Michael Urie star in the new production of the musical classic.

Ana Gasteyer
Ana Gasteyer
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Lead casting is set for the new Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress this summer at the Hudson Theatre, running July 31-November 30.

Joining Sutton Foster (Winnifred) and Michael Urie (Dauntless) are Ana Gasteyer as Queen Aggravain, Brooks Ashmanskas as the Wizard, Daniel Breaker as the Jester, Nikki Renée Daniels as Lady Larkin, David Patrick Kelly as King Sextimus, and Will Chase as Sir Harry. The ensemble will be announced soon.

Once Upon a Mattress, which will feature a new adaptation by Gilmore GirlsBunheads, and Marvelous Mrs. Maisel creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is directed by Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Lorin Latarro. It has music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and an original book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. This production originated at New York City Center Encores! in January 2024, in which both Foster, Urie, Daniels, and Kelly starred.

The Broadway staging will have scenic design by David Zinn, lighting design by Justin Townsend, costume design by Andrea Hood, sound design Kai Harada, and hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas. Orchestrations are by Bruce Coughlin. Mary-Mitchell Campbell will serve as music supervisor and Annbritt duChateau as music director.

Of the Encores! version, our critic wrote it was “an exuberant, nostalgia-based delight of a time.” Following the Broadway run, Once Upon a Mattress will transfer with much of the same company to Los Angeles for a four-week engagement at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre, December 10-January 5.

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Once Upon a Mattress

Performances begin: July 31, 2024

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Performances begin: December 10, 2024