Additional Casting Announced For NYCC Encore's 'Once Upon a Mattress'

NEW YORK CITY CENTER today announced additional casting for the first production of the 30th Encores! series, Once Upon a Mattress (Jan 24 – Feb 4, 2024).

Nikki Renée Daniels (Lady Larken), J. Harrison Ghee (Jester), Cheyenne Jackson (Sir Harry), Francis Jue (Wizard), and David Patrick Kelly (King Sextimus the Silent) join Sutton Foster (Princess Winnifred) and Michael Urie (Prince Dauntless) in the beloved fairytale musical featuring music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The ensemble includes Kaleigh Cronin, Ben Davis, Gaelen Gilliland, Jaquez, Morgan Marcell, Abby Matsusaka, Adam Roberts, Ryan Worsing, and Richard Riaz Yoder. Led by Tony-nominated Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, the Once Upon a Mattress features a new concert adaptation by Amy Sherman-Palladino, choreography by Lorin Latarro, and Encores! Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading The Encores! Orchestra. Casting for Encores! Once Upon a Mattress is by The Telsey Office, Craig Burns CSA.

Expanding City Center’s mission to make the arts accessible to everyone, the 30th Encores! series also includes the first-ever Encores! student matinees for Once Upon a Mattress (Wed Jan 31) and Jelly’s Last Jam (Wed Feb 28); Community Nights on January 26, February 23, and June 14; and ASL Interpreted Performances on February 1 and 29, and June 20.

For additional information visit Tickets starting from $45 (fees included) can be purchased online at, by calling 212.581.1212, or in person at the City Center Box Office. Access City Center Club is available to those 35 years of age and under and offers a limited number of $28 tickets (fees included) to City Center productions. For more information and to sign up, visit New York City Center is located at 131 W 55th St between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

Additional casting to be announced. Casting and programming subject to change.