The Theater: New Musical Off Broadway, may 25, 1959

Once Upon a Mattress (book by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer, Dean Fuller; music by Mary Rodgers; dances by Joe Layton) is a cocktail-hour version of the children's-hour fairy story, The Princess on the Pea. The princess, as every pre-TV schoolchild recalls, is a lady so sensitive that she can feel a pea through a great thickness of mattresses, thereby passes the test of royalty and may marry the prince. Mattress' bookmakers offer odds that there was more to this yam than met the eye of Hans Christian Andersen. Apart from the boob-catching title, their fanciful inside fairy story is a feather-light...

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