14.7.09

Clay Aiken Broadway Star

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Who was lucky enough to see Clay Aiken shine on the Spamalot stage?
Clay starred in the role of Sir Robin. He also took the smaller roles of a monk and of guards.

Not being among those attending, I was glued to the Clay message boards every show waiting for reports from the Clay fans attending. They were so good to read, then the after show reports of Clay going to greet the throngs of fans to sign autographs..and have his picture taken. What a treat for all of us unable to be there.

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I made this montage from the TV and news internet news clips.



A Few Audience Comments:

"...his British accent was spot on"
"...his dancing was fluid and professional"
"...his character acting and expressions were hilarious"
"...he did not appear to be nervous at all"
"The other actors seemed to really appreciate him"
"In the curtain call, Clay was second to the last to be introduced. He was the superstar of the show, his castmates acknowledged that. Standing ovations were the norm for him. His face was lit up as he absorbed the love from the audience and the respect from his peers."
"He did the Russian dance......PERFECTLY! He was spot ON!!! "
"...his comedic timing with this dialog is perfect! "
"He blended in perfectly as part of the ensemble cast"
"By the end of the show you almost forgot it was CLAY
up there. He was an ACTOR!"


Comments like this continued to pour in throughout both of Clay's Spamalot runs.

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The media heaped well deserved praise on Clay's Broadway appearances.

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Aiken, who played a Jan. 18-May 4 '08 stint in the Tony-winning musical at the Shubert Theatre, will return to the New York cast Sept. 19. He will reprise his role of Sir Robin through Jan. 4, 2009.

In a statement Aiken joked, "Since leaving Spamalot in May, jokes have just not been funny. Food has lost its taste. The grass is no longer green - the sky no longer blue. And, babies won't stop crying!! I'm so excited about coming back to the funniest show in the world!"

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Broadway blog-Spamalot Crowd Crowns King Clay

Spamalot Crowd Crowns King Clay

While he may be playing a "Sir" on Broadway in Spamalot, it is safe to say that he was King Clay Aiken at last night's opening. Of course, Spamalot has an excellent new king in Michael Siberry, and an awesome Lady in that lake with Merle Dandridge too. The new additions to the cast of Spamalot all seemed to walk on air, and this up close look at the celebratory curtain call can't help but put a smile on your face. American Idol star Clay Aiken is a natural on Broadway.
This is the excitement that happens on those rare occasions on Broadway. At the moment, forget Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in Equus, and Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise and their entourage of Scientology protesters at All My Sons, or even forget Entourage's Jeremy Piven in Speed-The-Plow, or Ace Young in Grease. The big story on Broadway today is Clay! He is back on Broadway, and the fun has begun.


Photos by toni7babe, dancer dad, bobyshar, scrpkym.

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Clay's first run in "Spamalot" had a noticeable effect on box office. Weekly sales for the tuner surged the week Aiken joined the cast and took a steep tumble the frame after he departed. The sales shot up again when he returned in September.



I have no doubt that whatever Clay does next he will shine like the true star that he is.
So, Clay, what will it be?


Thank you to all for your visits and support to my page!


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16 comments:

SueReu said...

ah ashes, great blog!! I love remembering Sir Robin, er Clay Aiken in Spamalot!!! Wonderful times, perfect role for Clay. When he goes back to Broadway, I hope it's a role similar to Sir Robin and not an overly dramatic one - he's so funny!!

Wonderful video too!!

Anonymous said...

Good blog about Broadway.BUT Hope Clay does something else, not a fan of it. But any news, be good about now..Nice pics, etc. I really do not think it was all that wonderful though..opened doors for him I am sure...JMO..Take care, Donna in Wi.

chel4clay said...

Aw those were the days. Clay Aiken was so made for that role. I only got to see it once and couldn't take my eyes off of him. But whatever it is he's planning to do, I know he'll be great at it, and I hope it's "soon".

CLM said...

I loved, loved, loved Clay Aiken when he was in Spamalot. He played the part very well and had the audience laughing hysterically.

Anonymous said...

I never got to go to Spamalot. If I'd have been able to, I'd have been there in a heart beat! Thank you to those who went and shared their experiences and pictures! Now I'm waiting to see what he's going to come up with next!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

Awwwwwww......Thanks for the memories. I just loved watching Clay in Spamalot. He was awesome!!

Thank you for the videos, they were GREAT!!!!

lOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT EVER IS NEXT!!!

Hugs,
Marlyne

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great montage, it sure brought back wonderful memories. I was very fortunate to be able to take a trip to New York and see Clay Aiken on that stage. He was so perfect for the role of Sir Robin. Seeing him in Spamalot was so much fun!

musicfan said...

I am so glad I got to see Clay in Spamalot. He was amazing.

I expect to see Clay on Broadway again. He is so talented, he can do whatever he wants!!

Thanks for the blog!!

ImGranny said...

I didn't get to go to Spamalot, but thanks to all our great reporters, clack gatherers and picture takers, I felt like I was there. Clay Aiken was great in Spamalot!

Carolina Clay said...

Ashes,

Awesome overview of Clay Aiken's months on Broadway as Sir Robin. The graphics, the montage, the works -- thnx for the memories!

Thank you, too, for your kind remarks in the Carolina blog. Have a super week!

Caro

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video.
LOVE Clay Aiken!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,
Great job as always. Yes, even though I didn't get to watch him live in Spamalot, I felt so much a part of it just by viewing the clacks, pictures and wonderful recaps. Thank you to all the talented and generous Clay friends who have put in so much effort to share these with us.
Ashes, for some strange reason, I can't view your montage. Am I the only one?

Love,
Sally

Anonymous said...

I had to live the spamalot experience through pictures and downloads and recaps! I couldn't fly to NY!! but I coveted every download!! and Clay was incredible in every part.Hope that maybe someday I will get the chance to see Clay on the broadway stage.

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken is a real star!

Allegra said...

I loved the look back at Clay on BRoadway. I know a lot of people don't want him to go back right now, but I think it would be a wise career move in conjunction with recording an album.

dee said...

Ah ! One more set of sweet memories ! We knew about his wit and comedic timing from his tours and interviews but it was wonderful to see him appreciated on The Great White Way . Another milestone in what will be a long career for our multi-talented guy .

Now I wait patiently for the next chapter . Thanks for entertaining me in the meantime .

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