Watch: See the Opening Number From Once Upon a Mattress at New York City Center Encores! | Playbill

Video Watch: See the Opening Number From Once Upon a Mattress at New York City Center Encores!

Sutton Foster, Nikki Renée Daniels, J. Harrison Ghee, Harriet Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, and more co-star in the revival of the 1959 musical.

New York City Center Encores! has an opening for a princess. Spoiler alert: Luckily, two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is waiting in the moat wings.

Watch the opening number from the company's new staging of Once Upon a Mattress above. With Foster starring as Princess Winnifred, the production continues through February 4.

Foster is reuniting with her Thoroughly Modern Millie co-star Harriet Harris as Queen Aggravain, along with Nikki Renée Daniels as Lady Larken, J. Harrison Ghee as Jester, Cheyenne Jackson as Sir Harry, Francis Jue as Wizard, David Patrick Kelly as King Sextimus the Silent, and Michael Urie as Prince Dauntless. Kara Lindsay is the Princess Winnifred standby.

READ: Harriet Harris on Creating an 'Offbeat' Career as a Character Actor

The ensemble includes Shavey Brown, DeMarius R. Copes, Kaleigh Cronin, Cicily Daniels, Ben Davis, Ta’Nika Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Jaquez, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Paul Kreppel, Amanda LaMotte, Abby Matsusaka, Adam Roberts, Ryan Worsing, Kristin Yancy, and Richard Riaz Yoder. Rounding out the company are swings Sarah Mchele Lindsey and Bud Weber. Casting is by Bernard Telsey and Craig Burns of The Telsey Office.

Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet (Into the Woods) is directing the production, with choreography by Lorin Latarro and music direction by Mary-Mitchell Campbell. The work features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and a book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Barer. The Encores! staging features a new concert adaptation by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

The production also features scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Andrea Hood, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Kai Harada, hair and wig design by J. Jared Janas, and physical comedy and effects by Skylar Fox. Kimberlee Wertz is the music coordinator, with orchestrations by Hershy Kay, Arthur Beck, and Carrol Huxley.

The musical, which premiered Off-Broadway in 1959, launched the career of Carol Burnett, who starred in the work's Off-Broadway and Broadway bows along with a string of live TV performances. The musical has since become a favorite at high schools and theatre groups around the world, and was last seen in NYC in a 2015 Off-Broadway revival via Transport Group starring Jackie Hoffman.

The Encores! season will continue February 21-25 with Jelly's Last Jam and June 11-16 with Titanic.


Photos: Production Images of New York City Center's Once Upon a Mattress

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