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Broadway Update: Mattress Transfers and Swept Away Sweeps In.

By: David Sheward

May 18, 2024: Tony winner Sutton Foster will headline a revival of Once Upon a Mattress this summer on Broadway. The production is a transfer of the Encores presentation of the 1959 satirical fairy-tale musical which launched the career of Carol Burnett when she took on the lead of role of Princess Winifred the Woebegone. Mattress will begin previews at the Hudson Theater on July 31 with an opening set for Aug. 12 for a limited run through Nov. 30. The beloved musical returns to Broadway in a new adaptation by Emmy Award winner Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Gilmore Girls”), directed by Tony Award nominee and Drama League Award winner Lear deBessonet (Into The Woods). 

Sutton Foster in “Once Upon a Mattress” at Encores. Credit: Joan Marcus.

By: David Sheward

May 18, 2024: Tony winner Sutton Foster will headline a revival of Once Upon a Mattress this summer on Broadway. The production is a transfer of the Encores presentation of the 1959 satirical fairy-tale musical which launched the career of Carol Burnett when she took on the lead of role of Princess Winifred the Woebegone. Mattress will begin previews at the Hudson Theater on July 31 with an opening set for Aug. 12 for a limited run through Nov. 30. The beloved musical returns to Broadway in a new adaptation by Emmy Award winner Amy Sherman-Palladino (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “Gilmore Girls”), directed by Tony Award nominee and Drama League Award winner Lear deBessonet (Into The Woods). 

Following its Broadway engagement, Foster will headline the production in Los Angeles for a four-week engagement at Center Theatre Group’s Ahmanson Theatre from December 10, 2024 – January 5, 2025. 

Further casting has not been confirmed. The Encores production also featured Michael Urie, Harriet Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Nikki Renee Daniels, J. Harrison Ghee, Francis Jue and David Patrick Kelly. Mattress opened Off-Broadway in 1959 and later transferred to the Alvin Theater (now the Neil Simon). The show changed theaters several times and ended up at the St. James for a total run of 470 performances. Sarah Jessica Parker starred in a 1996 revival and Jackie Hoffman and Jon Epperson (aka Lypsinka) headlined a 2015 production from Transport Group. There have been three TV adaptations, airing in 1964, 1972 and 2005 with Burnett repeating her Winifred role in the first two and playing the evil Queen Aggravain in the latter.

The company of Swept Away. Credit: Julieta Cervantes.

Swept Away: The musical Swept Away (not to be confused with the 1974 Lina Wertmuller film of the same name) will be sweeping onto Broadway this fall. The show with a score by the Avett Brothers has had productions at Berkely Rep and Arena Stage. The announcement was made on May 17 at an Avett Brothers concert at Forrest Hill Stadium. A date or theater was not specified. Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening), Tony nominee Stark Sands (Kinky Boots), Adrian Blake Enscoe and Wayne Duvall are slated to star. Based on the Avett Brothers’ 2004 concept album Mignonette, the musical is inspired by an 1844 shipwreck of a whaling vessel off the coast of New Bedford, Mass. Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Thoroughly Modern Millie) directs. The book is by John Logan (Moulin Rouge, The Last Ship, Red).

2024-25 Broadway/Off-Broadway/Awards Calendar (and Beyond)

Spring 2024

May 20–Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony (NYU Skirball)

May 23–Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony (Bruno Walter Auditorium/NY Public Library for the Performing Arts)

May 28–Ben Platt at the Palace

Summer 2024

June 4–What Became of Us (Atlantic Stage 2)

June 5–Home (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

June 10–Drama Desk Awards (NYU Skirball)

June 10–Theater World Awards (Marquis Theater)

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

June 16–Tony Awards (David Koch Theater/Lincoln Center)

June 20–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

June 23–N/A (Mitzi Newhouse)

July 11–Oh, Mary! (Lyceum)

Aug. 12–Once Upon a Mattress (Hudson)

Fall 2024

Sept. 12–The Roommate (Booth)

Sept. 12–Counting and Cracking (Public Theater/NYU Skirball)

Sept. 24–Vladimir (MTC/City Center Stage I) (previews begin; opening TBA)

Sept. 30–MCNEAL (Vivian Beaumont/LCT)

Oct. 1–Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

Oct. 1–Good Bones (Public)

Oct. 9–The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Oct. 10–Our Town (Barrymore)

Oct. 10–Deep History (Public)

Oct. 17–Maybe Happy Ending (Belasco)

Oct. 20–Sunset Boulevard (St. James)

Nov. 8–Gatz (Elevator Repair Service/Public)

Nov. 11–What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Studio 54)

Nov. 14–Tammy Faye (Palace)

Nov. 21–Death Becomes Her (Lunt-Fontanne)

Nov. 25–Eureka Day (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begin; opening TBA)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Left on Tenth

Romeo and Juliet w/Kit Connor, Rachel Zegler

Swept Away

Winter 2024-25

Jan. 23–English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Feb. 20–Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Sumo (Ma-Yi Theater/Public)

2024-25

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)

Romeo and Juliet w.Tom Holland/Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (?)

Smash

Wine in the Wilderness (CSC)

Spring 2025

March 25–Old Friends (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begins opening TBA)

April 24–The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Glass. Kill. What If If Only. Imp. (Public)

Good Night and Good Luck

Othello

The Picture of Dorian Gray (???)

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Summer 2025

Twelfth Night (Public Theater/Delacorte)

Fall 2025

Initiative (Public)

Future–Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Crazy Rich Asians; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; The Interestings; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Pal Joey; Purple Rain; The Queen’s Gambit; Rear Window; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Queen of Versailles; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; Working Girl.

2024-25 Broadway Season Breakdown

New Plays

Good Night and Good Luck

Left on Tenth

MCNEAL

Oh, Mary!

The Roommate

New Musicals

Death Becomes Her

Maybe Happy Ending

Old Friends

Smash

Swept Away

Tammy Faye

What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical

Play Revivals

English

Eureka Day

Othello

Our Town

Romeo and Juliet

Yellowface

Musical Revivals

Once Upon a Mattress

The Pirates of Penzance

Sunset Boulevard