“Disneyland” – Smile Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: Howard Ashman
“Happily Ever After” – Once Upon a Mattress Music: Mary Rodgers Lyrics: Marshall Barer
Disneyland opened on this day in 1955, putting a smile on everyone’s face and making them believe in happy endings. In “Disneyland” from a musical about beauty pageants entitled Smile, a contestant passionately sings of how her happy ending involves getting to Disneyland. But everyone wants a happy ending, even non-Disney* princesses like Winifred from Once Upon a Mattress, a musical fairy tale based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea. In fact, living happily ever after is all she wants, and it’s almost impossible not to root for the scrappy princess Fred as she belts out her desire in the sensational “Happily Ever After.”
*Incidentally, Disney produced a film version of Once Upon a Mattress for television in 2005.