Members of the national touring company of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert-The Musical” have made a feather-, fur- and laugh-filled entry for the online viral campaign #ShareTheMattress. The video is part of the ongoing series conceived by choreographer and artistic director Larry Keigwin to celebrate Keigwin + Company’s tenth anniversary and the return of its signature dance piece “Mattress Suite” to New York’s Joyce Theater this fall.
The video features “Priscilla” performers Babs Rubenstein, Taurean Everett and Ralph Meitzler, along with tour merchandise managers Shawn P. Mahoney and Nick Turner (and Nick’s furry little travel buddy Rexy) as they dance, vogue, limbo, and do a doggie manicure in a Houston hotel room. While not exactly trashed, the room had a plethora of pink “Priscilla” feathers by the time filming ended. And, while the original version is set to the #ShareTheMattress theme composed by Adam Crystal, the group had so many good scenes they made an extended version set to Taylor Dayne’s dance hit “Can’t Get Enough.”
The original “Mattress Suite” was created in 2003 by Larry Keigwin, whose theater credits include the musical “Tales of the City” and the upcoming new musical “If/Then” that marks Idina Menzel’s return to Broadway. Keigwin was inspired by watching dancer Nicole Wolcott jump playfully on her bed. The pair developed choreography inspired by the moves and set it to popular songs and classical music; it became a hit with critics and audiences. KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s 10th Anniversary season runs October 29-November 3, 2013 at The Joyce Theater. “Mattress Suite” will be featured during the run. Tickets are available here.
All #ShareTheMattress videos are featured on KEIGWIN + COMPANY’s website. The company’s 10th Anniversary season runs October 29-November 3, 2013 at the Joyce Theater. “Mattress Suite” will be featured during the run. Tickets are available here.
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