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Loudon Bounced Off "Mattress"

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Contrary to previous reports, Dorothy Loudon will not appear as Queen Aggravain in the upcoming Broadway revival of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress."

Loudon was rumored to have won the role of Aggravain several weeks ago, but apparently was prevented from taking it by a previous contractual commitment. Norman Zagier, senior v.p. of publicity and promotions for Livent, Inc., told Back Stage that Loudon "has been starring in our Chicago production of 'Show Boat' since March, and is signed to that show through at least December 15, so she will not be able to appear in 'Once Upon a Mattress.' "

Loudon plays Parthy Ann Hawks in "Show Boat." Her Broadway credits include "Annie," "Sweeney Todd," "Ballroom," "Noises Off," and "Jerry's Girls."

An Oct. 7 press release announced that Mary Lou Rosato will be the "Mattress" production's Queen, and confirmed other principal casting: David Aaron Baker as Prince Dauntless, Heath Lamberts as the King, Jane Krakowski as Lady Larkin, Lewis Cleale as Sir Harry, Michael McGrath as the Jester, and Tom Alan Robbins as the Wizard. Sarah Jessica Parker will star as Princess Winnifred, aka "Fred." That role was created on Broadway in 1959 by Carol Burnett, who subsequently played the role in two television versions of the Mary Rodgers-Marshall Barer-George Abbott musical.

The "Mattress" revival is the work of Dodger Productions. Directed by Gerald Gutierrez, the show is set to open Thurs., Dec. 19 at the Broadhurst

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