Sunday, March 24, 2013
Once Upon a Mattress
Once Upon a Mattress opened as an off Broadway play in 1959. It later went onto Broadway and then TV productions were made in 1964 and 1972, both featuring Carol Burnett. The story is based on Hans Christian Anderson's story the Princess and the Pea.
In recent years, Sarah Jessica Parker starred in a 1997 Broadway revival and in 2005 Disney made a fantastic version for "The Wonderful World of Disney" with Carol Burnett (now playing the queen instead of the princess), Tracey Ullman and Zooey Deschanel.
The music is not amazing, but this is a silly silly show, great for kids.
Here are two versions of the song "Shy". The Princess Winnifred has just swam through the mote and climbed up the castle walls to find her prince right before this song.
The picture is a bit fuzzy, but Sarah Jessica Parker has great body language.
Carol Burnett - those big eyes of hers are so funny. Her big voice is perfect for this part.
Here is a ten minute except from Disney's Tracey Ullman production.
Like I said, it's very silly.