TV Movie | | Comedy, Musical, Romance
The musical story of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA, adapted from the 1959 Broadway hit, and featuring most of the original Broadway cast.
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The original Broadway production of "Once Upon A Mattress" opened at the Phoenix Theater (Eventually running at a total of five separate theaters!) on May 1, 1959, ran for 244 performances and was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Musical. Carol Burnett, Joe Bova and Jack Gilford reprise their roles. Carol Burnett was nominated for a 1960 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
For the opening sequence, the viewer watches a closeup shot of a hand adding finishing touches to a cartoon drawing of the princess, and the title and then names are superimposed on the drawing. These drawings are also used to introduce or end different segments; for instance, when the king and prince have their man-to-man talk, the drawing is of the two. Sometimes the hand is still making changes, as when night is falling and most of the characters are going to sleep and the princess stays up studying, we see a drawing of the castle and the hand blacks out the windows, one at a time, finally leaving the window of the princess to be the only one that is lit.