9.1.09

Clay Aiken Everywhere

Since January 2003 and Clay Aiken came into our lives via our TV set, we have been with him to Everywhere! The last stop has been to star on the Broadway stage as Sir Robin in Spamalot.
We don't know yet what is next but--The Best is Yet to Come!


On My Way Here ~ Clay Aiken

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Sentimental Journey by ABM


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2003

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Sardi's December 2008


These years with Clay have not only been extremely entertaining, they have opened a whole new world for me, and I think a lot of you too. The list is long, from new friends around the world to learning many new things.
One of those has been a renewed interest for me in the magical world of Broadway. The closest I've ever come to a Broadway show is attending a few local theatre shows, and was a chorus girl, at 13, in a show for the local Kinsmen Club. I remember how hectic it was backstage and how scared I was as I was the lead girl. Thankfully I didn't fall on my face with the entrance or fall on my butt with the high kicks!
I grew up with movie magazines that always had a stage section about the Theatre and wondered what the really big shows were like. I saw pretty well every musical movie production that was made, at the movie theatre.

Recently I found a TV channel (TCM) to go along with PBS that runs Golden Age movies covering from 30's, 40's, 50's & 60's. My favourite movies are from this time. I can't remember when I've watched so much good TV! I don't fall asleep when these are good old reruns are playing.



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The Golden Age of Broadway

I've been seeing a lot of the Shubert Theatre in these shows, especially during a three part show on the Golden Age of Broadway. A number of mentions & settings in movies too. I lost count how many times I saw it, next time I'll keep notes, LOL.

It seems nearly every huge Broadway star performed there. Most of the stars I knew from the movies, as many of the top Hollywood stars started out on the stage. It's no wonder, since it's been open since 1913.
The last few years it's the Hollywood stars that are going to Broadway.

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Shubert Theatre 1919

Before Clay I never noticed it, now when I see or hear the Shubert mentioned I think of Clay, so he really is everywhere!

The internet has a multitude of information sites about the theatre, here are but a few of the places I found interesting, and informative too.

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Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called simply, "musicals".

Musicals are performed all around the world. They may be presented in large venues, such as big budget West End and Broadway theatre productions in London and New York City, or in smaller Fringe Theatre, Off-Broadway or regional productions, on tour, or by amateur groups in schools, theatres and other performance spaces. In addition to Britain and North America, there are vibrant musical theatre scenes in many countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Some famous musicals include Show Boat, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, The Fantasticks, Hair, A Chorus Line, Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and The Producers.

Musical theatre, wikipedia

Broadway to Hollywood an interesting group of essays covering from the 30's to the 90's.

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

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Shubert Theatre now, thanks to Toni7babe

The Shubert Theatre History

Some day maybe I'll get to see a real live Broadway show (maybe starring Clay Aiken) so I can truly separate the theatre from the movies!

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I'm off to watch "An Affair to Remember" (1957), a favourite very romantic movie with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. Tomorrow afternoon is bringing me "Singin' in the Rain", with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds (1952)


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6 comments:

Carolina Clay said...

Ashes,

What a wonerful, informative blog! Thank you for sharing the Shubert Theatre's history, as well as your movie-viewing habits of late. Bet you could write some awesome critiques!

The accompanying graphics and photos are handsome as always.

My big news is that my "Golfing for Inclusion" blog was picked up by bestgolfempire.com, and their readers are hitting the entry as much as Clay fans. When you come over, check out all the golf balls in the "live feed." *g*

Enjoy your movies!

Caro

SueReu said...

Great blog Ashes!! Very interesting. I love Broadway plays (although I see the road tours here in Oregon). My two favorite musicals are A Chorus Line and Spamalot - both shows ran at the Shubert!!!

Can't wait to see what Clay has in store for us next!

Kendra said...

I didn't know all of that history. That's pretty neat Ashes! Thank you for the blog and I can't wait to see what Clay's going to do next.

Kendra said...

That's really cool info on the Shubert Theater. I had no idea of all that history. Thanks for the blog and I can't wait to see what Clay's going to do next.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

What a GREAT Blog.....so you were in a play, I was always to shy to even think about it, even as a little child. I love Theater, no matter where it is, Loval, NYC or otherwise.

I love your music!!!!

Hugs,
Marlyne

Chardonnay said...

Ashes... I think I posted my last comment on the wrong blog. haha Anyway, all of them are great. And purty! Yep... thanks for them all!

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