or


[09/13/04 - 12:00 AM]
Casting Is Completed and Production Is Set to Begin on 'Once Upon a Mattress'

[via press release from ABC]

CASTING IS COMPLETED AND PRODUCTION IS SET TO BEGIN ON "ONCE UPON A MATTRESS"

Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman Headline a Spectacular Cast that Includes Denis O'Hare, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Boatman, Edward Hibbert, Matthew Morrison and Tom Smothers

Tony Award-Winner Kathleen Marshall Will Choreograph And Make Her Debut as Screen Director

Tony Award-winner Denis O'Hare (Broadway's "Take Me Out"), "Elf" star Zooey Deschanel, "Spin City" and "Arli$$" star Michael Boatman, "Frasier's" Edward Hibbert, Broadway heartthrob Matthew Morrison ("Hairspray," "Sex and the City") and the irrepressible Tom Smothers will join a stellar cast headlined by the legendary Carol Burnett and Tracey Ullman in the delightful musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," a two-hour made-for-television movie to air as a special presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney." The whimsical, fractured telling of the classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea," is currently in rehearsals and will start production in Vancouver in mid-September. "Once Upon a Mattress" will air on the ABC Television Network during the 2004-05 season.

O'Hare (Broadway's "Assassins") will play Prince Dauntless, the handsome hero desperate to find a wife -- who comes in the unlikely person of Princess Winnifred, as portrayed by Ms. Ullman (five-time Emmy-nominated "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales"). Ms. Deschanel ("Almost Famous," "The Good Girl") will play Lady Larken, one of the beautiful ladies of the court frantic to marry Sir Harry, a powerful and influential knight portrayed by Morrison (Broadway's "Footloose" and "Rocky Horror Show"). Boatman will take the part of King Sextimus' sidekick, the Jester, whose father was a performer as well. Hibbert will play the Wizard, the Queen's confidant, and Smothers will portray King Sextimus, the benevolent but, unfortunately, mute ruler to Ms. Burnett's conniving and loquacious Queen Aggravain.

Kathleen Marshall, who just won the Tony Award for "Best Choreography" for her production of "Wonderful Town," will choreograph and make her debut as a director for the screen with "Mattress." Ms. Marshall was nominated for an Emmy Award for her choreography for ABC's 2003 "The Wonderful World of Disney" production of "Meredith Willson's The Music Man."

The captivating tale takes place in a small kingdom long ago, as Prince Dauntless (O'Hare) is searching for a bride. Dozens of women have been tested and rejected as unsuitable by his mother, Queen Aggravain (Ms. Burnett), the dominating force in the land, who insists that her son must marry a "true princess." The lords and ladies of the court are distressed since the marriage law states that "no one may wed until Dauntless shares his marriage bed."

Lady Larken (Ms. Deschanel) and Sir Harry (Morrison) are among the most upset, as Larken reveals that she is "expecting" and urges Harry to embark on a search beyond the kingdom for a princess for Dauntless. Reluctantly the Queen gives her permission, and Harry returns three week later with Princess Winnifred, who arrives soaking wet, having just swum the moat in her eagerness to meet Dauntless. The Queen is totally appalled and conspires with the Wizard (Hibbert) to cook up a test for "sensitivity" to get rid of Winnifred. What about a tiny pea under 20 mattresses? And, to insure her success, Aggravain will give her a soothing sleeping potion and throw a fantastic ball where the latest dance rage, The Spanish Panic, should totally exhaust the moat-swimming princess.

Meanwhile, Winnifred and Dauntless get to know one another and she promises him that, once she passes the Queen's test, she will try to undo the curse that has befallen the King, by which he is condemned to remain mute until "the mouse devours the hawk."

At the ball the Queen's plans go awry: Winnifred isn't the least bit tired and, while she and Dauntless try to figure out what the test will be, he becomes more enamored of her. She even lets him call her by her nickname, "Fred." Could it be he has found his one true love?

As the Queen continues to scheme, the Jester (Boatman) and Minstrel attempt to learn what kind of test the Wizard will have. Finally Winnifred tumbles into bed -- but will she sleep and get her happily ever after?

Ms Burnett made the role of Princess Winnifred famous in 1959 when the play premiered off-Broadway. She took the role to a smash run on Broadway, making her debut on "The Great White Way" in "Once Upon a Mattress." She later starred as Winnifred in 1964 and 1972 in two television productions of the musical. The part became one of the renowned actress' signature roles.

Marc E. Platt ("Legally Blonde," "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," Broadway smash, "Wicked"), Ms. Burnett and Marty Tudor, ("Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights," "Getting Personal.") are the executive producers. Janet Brownell ("Eloise at the Plaza," "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something") has written the teleplay, based on the original book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Martin Barer. Music is by Mary Rogers, with lyrics by Marshall Barer. "Once Upon a Mattress" is a production of Mattress Productions, Ltd. in association with Touchstone Television.





  [september 2004]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
   


· ARLI$$ (HBO)
· ELOISE AT THE PLAZA (ABC)
· FRASIER (NBC)
· GILDA RADNER: IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING (ABC)
· MEREDITH WILSON'S THE MUSIC MAN (ABC)
· ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (ABC)
· SEX AND THE CITY (HBO)
· SPIN CITY (ABC)
· WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY, THE (ABC)





[03/29/17 - 03:02 PM]
"Black Lightning" First-Look Image Revealed
Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning.

[03/29/17 - 12:38 PM]
ABC's "Match Game" to Replace "Time After Time" on Sunday Nights Beginning April 2
The game show will fill the 9:00/8:00c hour effective immediately.

[03/29/17 - 12:23 PM]
"The Late Late Show with James Corden" to Air Special Episode Following March Madness Championship Game April 3
Special correspondents Malcolm and Margaret Corden, James Corden's parents, will report live from the championship game in Phoenix.

[03/29/17 - 12:01 PM]
Radio Disney Adds Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Julia Michaels and Grace VanderWaal to Its Lineup of Performers for the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards
The four rising female artists who have dominated the pop charts join previously announced Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara, Jordan Fisher and Train for the fifth anniversary show.

[03/29/17 - 11:32 AM]
NBC Olympics and Snap Inc. Expand Partnership to Bring 2018 Olympic Winter Games Coverage to Snapchatters in the U.S.
NBC Olympics will work with BuzzFeed to co-produce the Publisher Stories.

[03/29/17 - 10:21 AM]
Bravo Media's "Southern Charm Savannah" Premieres Monday, May 8 at 10PM ET/PT
The series will follow six lifelong friends as they set out to make their mark in this world, all while navigating their legacies, love lives, and personal relationships.

[03/29/17 - 10:09 AM]
Parade of Stars to Appear on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" for Four-Night Stand at Universal Orlando Resort April 3-6
Vin Diesel, Shaquille O'Neal, Pitbull, Blake Shelton, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo are all on tap.

[03/29/17 - 08:47 AM]
"The Mindy Project" Renewed for Sixth and Final Season on Hulu
Look for the swan song to premiere in September 2017 on Hulu.

[03/29/17 - 08:33 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC Hangs Onto Top Spot in Demos
CBS however takes home the top spot among total viewers.

[03/29/17 - 08:04 AM]
Special Guests Announced for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Debuting April 29
Previously announced special guests include Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez, and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush inducting Yes.

[03/29/17 - 07:44 AM]
Netflix Renews "Santa Clarita Diet" for Season Two
Production on the second season will begin this summer.

[03/29/17 - 07:00 AM]
Wedding Bells Ring for Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell as Hosts of Freeform's "Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings" Special Airing Sunday, May 7
The 90-minute special will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the one-of-a-kind weddings and magical engagements that take place at Disney Destinations around the globe.

[03/29/17 - 06:06 AM]
"Thunderbirds Are Go" (Season 3) Debuts on April 21
From their hidden island base in the South Pacific, the five Tracy brothers pilot remarkable, cutting-edge Thunderbird vehicles from the depths of the oceans to the highest reaches of space - all for one purpose: to help others in need.

[03/29/17 - 06:02 AM]
Amazon Greenlights Untitled McLaren Racing Docuseries Exclusively for Prime Video
The series follows McLaren, founded in 1963, as they prepare to challenge for the 2017 World Championship, with new Executive Director and former racer Zak Brown leading the famed racing organization.

[03/29/17 - 06:01 AM]
Taylor Cole and Steve Lund Star in "The Art of Us" Premiering May 20
The film also has a prominent story arc for "Vincent the Dog" and other adorable canines, part of Crown Media Family Networks' global pet initiative.