music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.
The popular musical that marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett. Based on “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen, this charming musical follows Princess Winnifred as she arrives at Prince Dauntless the Drab’s castle hoping for the hand of the prince. His mother, Queen Agravain, insists that her son can only marry a princess of true blood (one who can feel a pea that is underneath a pile of mattresses). Winifred passes the test, unable to sleep all night from discomfort and they live happily ever after.