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Once Upon A Mattress (1997 Broadway Revival Cast) Cast Recording

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1. Overture
2. Many Moons Ago
3. An Opening for a Princess
4. In a Little While
5. On a Stormy Night...
6. Shy
7. Minstrel, the Jester & I
8. Sensivity
9. The Swamps of Home
10. Normandy
11. Spanish Panic
12. Song of Love
13. Entr'acte
14. Quiet
15. Goodnight, Sweet Princess
16. Happily Ever After
17. Man to Man Talk
18. Very Soft Shoes
19. Yesterday I Loved You
20. Lullaby
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (March 25, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003G7Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,597,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This cast album to the 1997 Broadway revival of ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is quite enjoyable, though the production itself met with mostly-negative reviews and it quickly shuttered.
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS and the lead role of Princess Winnifred are still largely identified with the legendary Carol Burnett. In this revival, Sarah Jessica Parker gamely attempts to crawl out from under Burnett's shadow, though she doesn't really succeed. Burnett had a seemingly-effortless belty singing voice, wheras Sarah Jessica Parker's light soprano is pretty but not substantial enough for the songs of the boistrous, bombastic Winnifred.
Parker especially struggles with the long, sustained phrases in "Shy" and "Happily Ever After", though her "Swamps of Home" is quite charming. Mary Lou Rosato is perfect for the role of Queen Aggravain, and David Aaron Baker is a fantastic Prince Dauntless.
Jane Krakowski (GRAND HOTEL, NINE) is a breathtaking Lady Larken, ably-partnered by Lewis Cleale as Sir Harry. Their duet of "Yesterday I Loved You" is sublime. The cast also features Heath Lamberts (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Lawrence Clayton, Tom Alan Robbins and David Hibbard.
A fine recording but it pales beside the peerless original Broadway cast album with Carol Burnett, Jane White and Joe Bova.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kristi A. Cates on June 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I LOVE the musical Once Upon a Mattress, having played Princess Winnifred myself, but Sarah Jessica Parker just doesn't cut it for me. Of course, being a much more recent performance, the sound quality is much higher on this CD than on the original Broadway soundtrack, and some of the orchestrations are better too, but if you want to hear a REAL Princess Fred, buy Carol Burnett's recording. Parker's voice is too sweet and girly to be Fred. Burnett had the part down--wild, belting, exuberant, and bordering on obnoxious. Parker just seems to want to sing pretty--and while she does have a beautiful voice, having a beautiful voice isn't necessarily the top requirement for a Fred. I also don't really like some of the changes in the new Broadway version. Some of the songs really were better before they were "fixed;" they should have been left alone. Anyway, overall, this CD was at least worth my money, and I enjoy listening to it occasionally, but I prefer the original Broadway soundtrack, bad sound quality and all. So, go ahead and buy this CD, but make sure to buy the original too.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm sorry to rate this so low but SJP is horrible. I cringe every time I hear her bark her way through "Shy." Please take my advice and get the old recording with Carol Burnett. She far surpasses SJP in talent, both musically and artistically.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2004
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Although some may think that Sarah Jessica Parker and her voice is annoying in this musical I don't think anyone else could have done it better. She has that quality that keeps you listening because it is humorous and her voice adds charm to her character. "Shy", "Normandy", and "Happily Ever After", "Spanish Panic" are among my favorites. The entire company has done a marvelous job in this recording of Once Upon a Mattress. I only wish this musical version was out on video. This is a great musical and would be enjoyed by all!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nitkin on March 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...but I've listened to this CD so many times it's probably worn out! I was the pianist for my high school's musical performance of this play, and I absolutely love the music! When I heard that we would be performing the 1959 version of the music, I was almost disappointed, as I had been so impressed by the additions made in this 1997 version (especially the Spanish Panic). Both versions are great, however, and if you have a chance to see the play (either on Broadway or a school play ;-), go see it! It's hilarious!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JulieEdman@aol.com on January 13, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sarah Jessica Parker really shines in the lead role. This production of OUAM is a nice update on the original Carol Burnett version from the 1960s. It's a pity that it didn't last longer on Broadway, but shows like this (nice but not terribly flashy with sinking ships, flashing swordplay, or big animal puppets) don't seem to have the impact they used to. At any rate, I recommend this CD most highly for anyone who is tired of all the glitz and flash most Broadway musicals now have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J. Giordano on September 1, 2012
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Why Why WHY???? The nicest things I can say about SJP's performance are: "Gosh, she sure was...loud." And "Gee, she got the words right." Just another unfortunate example of B'way punking out and choosing a star as their lead to fill the seats rather than one of the hundreds, no, THOUSANDS of 'no-name' leading ladies waiting in the wings, chomping at the bit awaiting their Big Break. Sigh.
Another nice thing I can report is that upon studying this performance I know what NOT to do when I direct this onstage. Thanks, SJP!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "thumbman" on April 6, 2004
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With gorgeous orchestrations, lovely voices, and Sarah Jessica Parker at her very best, this recording far outshines the original. The entire score is featured here, all done tastefully. It is also worth mentioning that some of the lyrics and orchestrations were updated and sound more contemporary giving the show a greater Broadway feel. Don't waste any more time and BUY this CD. You won't be sorry.
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