Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway Tickets
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Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway Tickets

Sutton Foster and Michael Urie lead this Encores! hit to Broadway for a limited run.
A woman (Sutton Foster) wearing a yellow top and a man (Michael Urie) in a brown shirt are shown in a side-by-side portrait. Both are looking slightly upward.
A person with red hair sits in a splits position on a platform, wearing a striped outfit with fuzzy cuffs, and a white crown on a yellow background.
Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway Tickets

About Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway

Get Once Upon a Mattress tickets to see two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster and stage and screen star Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) reprise their highly praised roles as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone and Prince Dauntless in this cherished musical. This new production, directed by Tony nominee Lear deBessonet and choreographed by Lorin Latarro, comes to Broadway following its critically acclaimed run at New York City Center.

Experience Once Upon a Mattress in New York City to see one of the most frequently produced musicals find new life on Broadway with a cast featuring today's most exciting theatre stars. The New York Times, in a Critic’s Pick review, called the sold-out run at New York City Center “joyful and ebullient.” Don't sleep on it — see Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway!

Run time

2hr 15min. One intermission.

Start date

July 31st, 2024

End date

November 30th, 2024


Ages 5+.

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385 Reviews



115 Reviews | 73 Followers
You and i will be 1234, In a little while just a little while

See it if You love wit and a glorious ensemble of actors.

Don’t see it if You are looking for a dance-heavy show.



305 Reviews | 105 Followers
Funny, Great singing, Delightful

See it if Silly golden age show with good performances and a catchy score

Don’t see it if Light and fluffy and a bit bawdy. Not much of a plot

Bruce 6

Bruce 6

779 Reviews | 333 Followers
Encores revival of musical, Fractured fairy tale version of princess & the pea, Perhaps best perf sutton foster's great career

See it if squeezes every laugh possible out of material; Foster's physcl humor as Princess Winnifred's a wonder; M Urie/H Harris/JH Ghee also superb

Don’t see it if silly; old style vaudevillian musical; moon/June lyrics, only 1 memorable song, "Shy"

Lizzy Baked Goods

Lizzy Baked Goods

152 Reviews | 47 Followers
Hilarious, Quirky, Fluffy, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you enjoy well-acted fun fluff. This cast is wearing gem tones and chewing the scenery, and it’s an absolute blast.

Don’t see it if you need sets that Encores! can’t swing, or you prefer musicals with substance.

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Stars on stage

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster

Michael Urie

Michael Urie

Will Chase

Will Chase

Ana Gasteyer

Ana Gasteyer

David Patrick Kelly

David Patrick Kelly

Daniel Breaker

Daniel Breaker

Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, Marshall Barer, adapted by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Songs by: Mary Rodgers (music) and Marshall Barer (lyrics)
Director: Lear deBessonet
Choreography: Lorin Latarro
Cast list: Sutton Foster (as Princess Winnifred the Woebegone), Michael Urie (as Prince Dauntless), Brooks Ashmanskas (as The Wizard), Daniel Breaker (as The Jester), Will Chase (as Sir Harry), Nikki Renée Daniels (as Lady Larken), David Patrick Kelly (as King Sextimus), Ana Gasteyer (as Queen Aggravain), Kara Lindsay (as the standby for Winnifred)
Design: David Zinn
Costumes: Andrea Hood
Lighting: Justin Townsend
Sound: Kai Harada
Other info: Orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin, hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas, music supervision by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, music direction by Annbritt duChateau


141 West 44th Street, New York, NY, USA, 10036


ADA seating, elevator access, assisted listening devices, closed captioning devices

More information about Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway

In Once Upon a Mattress, a sinister queen has plans, or lack thereof, for her son's marriage: keep him single as no one else is worthy. Enter Princess Winnifred, Fred for short, and from the swamp, no less. The queen ruthlessly rules over the faraway land and declares that none can marry until her son weds. Challenge accepted: the queen puts Princess Winnifred through multiple tests, and the not-so-refined Fred champions each with her verve, wit, and enough volume to wake up the whole kingdom.

A raucous and hilarious comedy that’s also an update on a Hans Christian Andersen tale, Once Upon a Mattress features an indelible score from Mary Rogers and Marshall Barer with crowd-pleasing show tunes including "Sensitivity," "In a Little While," and "Shy." The musical first debuted on Broadway in 1959 and has enjoyed countless productions; now, after decades, it returns to Broadway with its own royal treatment: Broadway queen Sutton Foster as Princess Fred.

What to watch for

  • TV icon Amy Sherman-Palladino, who created Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, adapts this time-tested story to give it fresh life.
  • Sutton Foster is one of Broadway's most famous leading ladies and, as in Once Upon a Mattress, she has a long history of playing strong female characters who feel no need to be demure as they pursue what they want most: love, success, and honor. Such previous roles include Fiona in Shrek, Reno in Anything Goes, and the title role in Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  • Michael Urie is having a bang-up year on Broadway after finishing his run in another starry revival, Spamalot. Now, he returns to another musical comedy with Once Upon a Mattress.
  • Director Lear deBessonet is also the artistic director of New York City Centers, which stages concert versions of favorite and sometimes forgotten musicals. Previously, she directed Into the Woods on Broadway, so she is no strange to remounting classic works.

Frequently asked questions

What are the songs in Once Upon a Mattress?

The songs in this musical are Broadway standards, featuring many solos, duets, and chorus numbers. Perhaps the most famous song is for Princess Winnifred’s entrance: “Shy,” which is also the title of composer Mary Rodgers’ memoir.

Who wrote Once Upon a Mattress?

The musical’s book is by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer and features an updated script by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Who directed Once Upon a Mattress?

Lear deBessonet directs this revival after receiving a Tony Award nomination for directing the recent production of Into the Woods. She is also a Drama Desk nominee for directing Good Person of Szechwan.

Is Once Upon a Mattress appropriate for kids?

Once Upon a Mattress is a classic family show and is recommended for anyone ages 5 and up. Note audiences under four years old are not permitted in Broadway theatres.

Is Once Upon a Mattress good?

The original production was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical, and this recent staging, a New York Times Critic’s Pick, “will restore your fealty to the throne” per Observer.

What is the running time of Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway?

Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway runs for 2hr 15min. One intermission.

How do you get tickets for Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway?

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Which theatre is Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway at?

Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway is at New York's Hudson Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway?

Ages 5+.

How much are tickets for Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway?

Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway tickets start at $59.

What is Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway about?

Get Once Upon a Mattress tickets to see Broadway royalty Sutton Foster star as a princess who's anything but shy. The upbeat revival of the hilarious musical Once Upon a Mattress runs for a limited time only.

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