Already closed | 2h 0m | Brooklyn

Once Upon a Mattress (Gallery Players)

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great singing

About the show

This comic and progressive musical retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" will challenge you to rethink your expectations of fairy tales. More…

"Once Upon a Mattress" tells the story of the brave and strong Princess Winnifred who comes to the rescue of a kingdom in need of a new outlook on love, leadership, and life. Filled with hummable tunes, raucous comedy, dance numbers, and a happily-ever-after, this musical will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Please note the story occasionally, with humor and joyfulness, makes reference to conception and personal intimacy.

2h 0m | Already closed | Gallery Players (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (35)


Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Great singing

Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Uneven, Cute

See it if Light comedy w/plenty of song, dance & humor. Jealous queen, mute king, timid prince, spunky princess & colorful court. Strong lead actors.

Don't see it if Suitable for kids, but too long for younger kids. Weaker acting by the minor characters. I enjoyed the addition of some gender fluidity.

Quirky, Overrated, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if The effort is there The audience loved the performance. Theater was packed. My favorites were Sharae Moultrie. Brian Levario and N.P. Hilger

Don't see it if Miscast in spots. To be honest, we were not happy with the original so maybe our tastes differ.Set missing something.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Fluffy

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

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary musicals. You want a serious story. You prefer big production values. You don't want to travel to Brooklyn.


See it if You like a fairy-tale type musical with a large cast & fun quirky performances. Cast has lots of energy; a feel-good musical.

Don't see it if Drags a bit at 2 hours 30 minutes, & would have liked to see tap dancing (instead of prerecorded tap music) during one of the numbers.

Delightful, Entertaining, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you want to see an entertaining, fun show. The cast gives it their all with some excellent performances.

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep. There are many silly, over-the-top moments.

Also I loved the costumes, especially the queen's outfit and the color-coor... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You love a funny show that puts a slightly modern twist on an old fairy tale. GP does a great job with a classic (as usual).

Don't see it if You want serious drama. This is fluffy and fun.

Entertaining, Funny, Fun, Hilarious

See it if You like humorous, old-school musicals with great songs, where the cast is extremely dedicated and giving their all.

Don't see it if You need a big, glitzy production with a lot of set pieces and elaborate costumes.

Fun, Silly, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if Over-the-top humor and a show you can float through are your thing. I enjoyed escaping in this production and laughing at absurdity.

Don't see it if You're expecting perfect polish or high production value. Uneven performances.

Also General admission seating, but sight lines from the back row were gene... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Funny

See it if Sooo fun! Gallery Players put on go theater with minimal stage props, really puts focus on performance, which hasn't disappointed!

Don't see it if You have problems sitting for long, this one is a long one, and the seats leave one in pain.

Enchanting, Cliched, Quirky, Romantic, Delightful

See it if You like traditional showtunes with a well constructed book. Enjoy a few standout performances and love sarcastic takes on fairy tales.

Don't see it if You mind some voices not jumping off the stage, want current issues addressed. Don’t like farcical humor or gender bending.

Also The cast is a bit inconsistent and this seems like a musical that need... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny

See it if you want to see an entertaining musical performed by wonderful actors.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy plays that have a predictable "happy" ending.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you want to see a charming old fashion musical comedy.

Don't see it if you want something with more of a message - this is purely fun.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like loyal revivals of quirky, fun shows with a talented off-off broadway cast.

Don't see it if You don’t like goofy musicals with modest budgets

Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like big cast musical rom-com based on a fairy tale w/ a twist. Full of laughs & impressive staging for a small theater. Very promising

Don't see it if going to Brooklyn is a hassle but the 45 min. train from midtown & the ticket price is still worth it for the entertainment value at hand.

Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy fluffy, light hearted humor and a local company that always gives one hundred percent despite limited resources.

Don't see it if you are looking for high brow humor or dislike off broadway productions.

Also I am a big fan of the Gallery Players and this was alight and enjoyabl... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if Like Old Fashion Musical COMEDIES Once again Gallery Players do a top notch job

Don't see it if font want to travel to Brooklyn Dont like old fashion Musical Comidies

Great singing, Entertaining, Cheerful, Lovely talent

See it if A charming quirky show. Talented, committed actors. Great theater for shows. Worth your time for a smiling-time musical.

Don't see it if Sweeter shows are not for you.

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Charming

See it if you'd like a lighthearted fractured fairy tale with charming, vividly painted characters and catchy tunes. Great cast, staging, and music.

Don't see it if you like more serious drama. Or if you absolutely need comfortable chairs, because you won't find them in this theater.

Also This is my third time seeing something by the Gallery Players, and I t... Read more Read less

Charming, Funny, Entertaining, Good music

See it if you want to see a funny, charming musical that is well acted; appropriate for older kids too

Don't see it if you need the set to impress. This was my first time seeing this show and I very much enjoyed it: the story, the music, the actors.

Quirky, Funny, Adorable

See it if You like musical versions of storybooks with a “alternative” twist. Most of the cast is surprisingly good. A fun show with catchy tunes.

Don't see it if You don’t like fun musicals. Bare bone sets. Alternative sensiblities. Stairs.

Funny, Great singing, Quirky

See it if Its a fairytale with laughs for adults and very colorful. Great singing.

Don't see it if You are bored with cliche and fantasy. Its a small unique venue.

Sweet dreams.

See it if you like fluffy musical comedies.

Don't see it if old-fashioned musicals aren't your thing.

Also The prince needs a bride--and the young lady who comes calling doesn't... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if A funny take on a fairy tale. If you want something light and fun.

Don't see it if You want something more serious.

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Good-natured, Fun

See it if you love the original material, want to hear the full score, & are more interested in "let's put on a show spirit" vs. professional polish.

Don't see it if community theatre standards aren't good enough for you; interracial and cross-gender casting or uninspired direction disturb you.

Also This was only the third performance of the run; with more time in fron... Read more Read less

Cute, Engaging, Warm, Uneven, Revival

See it if You want to go down memory lane and hear Princess Fred belt out I’m Shy!

Don't see it if local revivals of light musicals is not your style.

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