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The Los Angeles Times says the play is “witty and tuneful.” Talkin’ Broadway calls it “fun and effervescent.” MSNBC hails it as “a peppy spoof.”


Center Stage Productions presents a youth theater performance of Once Upon a Mattress at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido


Once Upon A Mattress_ is based on the famous fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” told through riotous and romantic songs. _ Once Upon a Mattress_ is an American musical classic. It opened on Broadway in 1959 launching the career of a young Carol Burnett in the starring role as Princess Winnifred, a hopeless tomboy who has to prove to a suspicious queen that she is worthy of Prince Dauntless’s hand in marriage. It was revived on Broadway in 1996 with Sarah Jessica Parker taking on the role of Princess Winnifred, a production that won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. 

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