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Lypsinka to Star in Once Upon a Mattress

Lypsinka to Star in Once Upon a Mattress


The drag legend will play Queen Aggravain in Transport Group's off-Broadway revival of the classic musical comedy.

The pea has found its princess -- and queen.

Transport Group will stage a revival of Once Upon a Mattress, a Tony-nominated musical comedy adaptation of "The Princess and the Pea," with Lypsinka as Queen Aggravain.

Directed by Transport Group artistic director Jack Cummings III, the revival will run November 29 through January 3, 2016, at the Abrons Arts Center.

Jackie Hoffman, best known for her scene-stealing work in the Broadway's On the Town, Xanadu, and Hairspray, will also star in Once Upon a Mattress as Princess Winnifred. Hoffman and Lypsinka both starred in Transport Group's one-night concert presentation of the musical in June 2013.

"During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone," according to press notes about the production. "Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured. The truly terrible Queen Aggravain goes on a mission to come between her son and his soulmate in this retelling of the classic story of 'The Princess and the Pea.' Forget everything you know about Happily Ever After."

Written by Mary Rodgers, Marshall Barer, Jay Thompson, and Dean Fuller, Once Upon a Mattress premiered off-Broadway in 1959 before transferring to Broadway with Jane White as Queen Aggravain and Carol Burnett as Princess Winnifred.

Lypsinka, the iconic drag creation of performer John Epperson, last appeared off-Broadway in Lypsinka! The Trilogy.

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