Watch: Get a Sneak Peek at the Upcoming New York City Center Encores! Once Upon a Mattress | Playbill

Encores! News Watch: Get a Sneak Peek at the Upcoming New York City Center Encores! Once Upon a Mattress

See Tony winner J. Harrison Ghee's "Many Moons Ago" and Nikki Renée Daniels and Cheyenne Jackson singing "In a Little While" in this rehearsal room preview.

Rehearsals are underway for the upcoming New York City Center Encores! revival of Once Upon a Mattress, playing the Manhattan venue January 24-February 4. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is starring as Princess Winnifred, reuniting with her Tony-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie co-star Harriet Sansom Harris as Queen Aggravain.

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming revival from the rehearsal room in the video above, which features Tony winner J. Harrison Ghee as Jester singing "Many Moons Ago," and Nikki Renée Daniels and Cheyenne Jackson as Lady Larken and Sir Harry (respectively) singing "In a Little While."

Also in the cast are Michael Urie as Prince Dauntless, Francis Jue as Wizard, and David Patrick Kelly as King Sextimus the Silent.

Rounding out the company in the ensemble are Shavey Brown, DeMarius R. Copes, Kaleigh Cronin, Cicily Daniels, Ben Davis, Ta’Nika Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Jaquez, Paul Kreppel, Morgan Marcell, Abby Matsusaka, Adam Roberts, Ryan Worsing, and Richard Riaz Yoder. Casting is by The Tesley Office's Craig Burns.

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 will feature a new concert adaptation by Amy Sherman-Palladino.

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 12-16 with Titanic.


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