Friday, June 21, 2024

Broadway: Sutton Foster Coming in “Once Upon a Mattress” Musical Revival Adapted by “Mrs. Maisel” and “Gilmore Girls” Creator


Tony winner Sutton Foster, hot off “Sweeney Todd,” is coming back to Broadway immediately.

Foster will star in a summer revival of “Once Upon a Mattress,” the musical that brought Carol Burnett to fame 60 plus years ago.

The big news is that “Mattress,” never a substantial show, is now adapted by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the Emmy winning creator of “Gilmore Girls” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

This is the production that played 9 performances this past winter at Encores City Center. Also featured were Michael Urie, Nikki Renée Daniels, J. Harrison Ghee, Harriet Sansom Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Francis Jue, and David Patrick Kelly. No word yet on which of those top talents will return.

The show will run from August 12th to November 30th at the Hudson Theater. (Previews begin July 31st.)

Foster, known to a generation of TV fans from the show “Younger,” is one of our great Broadway stars. Before her recent turn in “Sweeney Todd,” she had a year’s run with Hugh Jackman in “The Music Man.” Her Tony Award was for “Anything Goes,” which she reprised in London two years ago.

When this production ends in November it goes directly to the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

This will be summer’s hot hot ticket.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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