Once Upon a Mattress
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Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon a Mattress NYC Reviews and Tickets

(94 Reviews)
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Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

About the Show

The Transport Group presents a revival of this zany musical retelling of the classic story of 'The Princess and the Pea,' featuring Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and John “Lypsinka” Epperson as Queen Aggravain.

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Member Reviews (94)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Overdone, Great music, Fun, Great for kids, Slightly disappointing

See it if you need a OUAM fix. The show is delightful fluff, but this production never soared. I liked the projected sets, but others didn't.

Don't see it if you want a stellar version. Lypsinka overdoes it. Hoffman is sweet, but lacks presence and voice. The cast needs some diversity.

952 Reviews | 387 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a great cast perform a classic. Great fun!

Don't see it if you don't like "fairy tales". This is really well done but it's still basically an adult cartoon.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Silly, Funny, Inconsistent

See it if you like quirky classic musicals performed with a wink.

Don't see it if you don't like shtick.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You want an enthusiastic cast performing a charmingly old-fashioned musical. You like fractured fairytales. You like musical comedies.

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary musicals. You like serious stories. You prefer shows w/bigger production values.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You love Jackie Hoffman. She is always great but the story is dated and not interesting.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. And even if you do this is not a very good one.

315 Reviews | 154 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing, Fun

See it if you enjoy light, humorous, fairy tale type musicals. This show has a fun score that was well sung in this production.

Don't see it if you are looking for something a little more serious. Read more

240 Reviews | 69 Followers
Banal, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Insipid

See it if You really like fairytale spoofs and have exhausted most other options, or are just a huge fan of Jackie Hoffman.

Don't see it if Your idea of humor is not taking a half dozen funny jokes and driving them into the ground.

207 Reviews | 42 Followers
Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of Jackie Hoffman.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of this musical, or in need of a little more conceptual weight to a show.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
December 13th, 2015

"'Mattress' has its charms, but they do wear thin…This production is never quite smooth enough, on the one hand, or wild enough, on the other, to consistently hold the attention. That is, except when Ms. Hoffman is blushing and belting or Mr. Epperson is doing Lypsinka doing Aggravain...More surprisingly, Ms. Hoffman’s Winnifred is genuinely affecting...That turns out to be quite enough to win the hearts of a prince, and an audience."
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Time Out New York
December 14th, 2015

"The chief pleasure of this small-budget but zestfully acted production is to see a ham like Hoffman wax girlish, as well as deliver the slapstick—vocal and physical—the role requires...No wonder the piece has become a staple of community theaters and TV specials since the 1960s...If you’re priced out of Broadway’s biggest attractions and welcome a night of old-fashioned fun served up with style, 'Mattress' has plenty of bounce."
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The Hollywood Reporter
December 13th, 2015

"It's a thin, silly story to fuel a two-and-a-half hour musical, and the antic book features more than a few groan-worthy gags. The score, too, is unmemorable...But assuming you're in the right mood, the show is fun nonetheless, and this production, exuberantly directed by Jack Cummings III, is ultimately hard to resist. Hoffman is a deliciously daffy Winnifred. She uses her expert comic timing and nasal vocal delivery to make her character's desperation hilariously palpable."
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New York Daily News
December 14th, 2015

"The freewheeling new 'Once Upon a Mattress' comes with a concept: Belt loudly and carry a big shtick. The plan works for this musical riff on 'The Princess and the Pea' that made a Broadway star out of Carol Burnett in 1959...At nearly 2 1/2 hours, it takes too long to get to the happily ever after. But when it comes, Hoffman is there for another zinger."
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AM New York
December 13th, 2015

"An offbeat, joyful, absolutely triumphant production...It combines an affection for old-fashioned musical comedy with a downtown vibe and pumped-up hormonal spirit. Feeling scrappy but actually quite elaborate, it features a full-size orchestra, big vocals and jaunty dance choreography. Hoffman is looney, sincere and truly hilarious...The revival is dedicated to the memory of its composer, Mary Rodgers, who passed away last year. She would have loved it."
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December 14th, 2015

"With jazz-infused music by Mary Rodgers and the dramatic heft of a cocktail party joke, 'Once Upon a Mattress' feels straight out of the waning days of Broadway's Golden Age. The show still sparkles with glitz. Beware, however: Nostalgia can be deceiving...Unfortunately, the book has not aged as gracefully. Many scenes feel like amusing diversions rather than crucial plot points."
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December 13th, 2015

"There's no shortage of big laughs when one of Broadway's funniest supporting clowns gets the full leading lady treatment in director Jack Cummings III's deliciously raucous production… 'Once Upon a Mattress' is bursting at the seams with performers loaded with showbiz pizzazz...Transport Group's 'Once Upon a Mattress' may be the best reason to venture down to the Lower East Side since Yonah Schimmel learned how to make a knish."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 14th, 2015

"'Once Upon a Mattress' is an old-fashioned clown show; even in its expanded version, it has the feel of something cribbed from a mid-century television variety show...Cummings' production is a collection of hits and misses...The cold truth is, Hoffman inhabits one show and Epperson is in another one altogether...As it happens, it's not enough to cast a clown show with clowns - you need the right kind of clowns."
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