What Year Was "Once Upon a Mattress" Published?


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The musical "Once Upon a Mattress" began as a one-act play in 1958. The show gained a second act and its current title before opening at the Phoenix Theatre in May of 1959. The book was written by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller.

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While the show opened off-Broadway, it eventually ran for 460 Broadway performances at a number of venues in 1959 and 1960. It was directed by George Abbott, choreographed by Joe Layton and starred Carol Burnett as Princess Winnifred. "Once Upon a Mattress" has enjoyed continuous popularity since its Broadway days as one of the most licensed shows from Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals.

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