Saturday, February 16, 2008

Spam Reports Via Aiken Network


FIND YOUR GRAIL -- Clay Aiken is Sir Robin in the Broadway show "Spamalot." Graphic by Cindilu2.

LAP & LACIE in Charge

Clay Fans Tuned into 'Spamalot'

Not only are Clay Aiken message boards enjoying after-the-show recaps, but intermission cell phone reports are keeping fans back home in the know as they check off the days before their own trips to New York to see their favorite singer in "Spamalot."

LAP (laptop): So what do you think of that lead, Lace? I don't usually have to write these things; I just punch out the words.

LACIE (external hard drive): Not bad, Lap. You think we should get this show on the road?

LAP: In case y'all are wondering what happened to Caro, she is lost in a labyrinth of links, trying to solve the new Textism codes for the OFC blogging community.

LACIE: That and cheering the Tar Heels to victory in Saturday's basketball game! HEEE!!!!!

LAP: So we're jumping in here before the three-day routine takes a nosedive.

LACIE: We do seem to have a few fans who get excited when we handle an entry from time to time.

LAP: Nothing like the "HE BLOGGED!!!" lightning rod excitement resounding through the message boards when Clay drops by, mind you; but we seem to have a following.

LACIE: Maybe Caro, Ashes2, Lisa1068, and Galadriel will have figured out the Textism lingo by the time we are finished. For some reason, the format that is supposed to be so simple is tougher than HTML.

LAP: I think they have adopted this motto from Buddha: "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."

LACIE: That sure sounds like the Textism Gang, working with all their hearts trying out codes in comments and blogs. For fan club members, their findings are assembled in the second post of the Forum for Bloggers 2 on the OFC message board. Here are some links if anyone wants to join the task force:


Nature Work
Hobix
Textile
Koders Code Search
Textile Threshold
Textile Reference Manual

Hofstra Chronicle Reviews Clay

LAP: Meanwhile, we'd better apply a little Buddha to this blog. This week the Hofstra Chronicle online posted a bit of a "Spamalot" review: Clay Aiken Joins 'Spamalot' Cast.

David Hyde Pierce has been replaced by someone just as recognizable, if not more: "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, making his Broadway debut. His part isn't very large (he plays Sir Robin, among other roles), but for him, they've added verses of songs here and there, as well as a number of lines.

He sings well (unsurprisingly), is a solid dancer (the "Fiddler on the Roof"-inspired "You Won't Succeed on Broadway if You Don't Have Any Jews" is a show-stopping highlight) and nails almost all of the jokes.

LACIE: A Variety sales update shows "Spamalot" with a hefty box office boost:

Broadway began to shake off the winter doldrums last week, with sales rising for most shows on the boards. Nice six-figure boosts were seen at "Monty Python's Spamalot" ($623,348) ...

LAP: We're bookin' through Caro's notes. What else do we have, LACE?

Touring Sir Robin Blogs About Clay

LACIE: Dating all the way back to Jan. 20, here is a blog entry about Singer Man's Sir Robin role on Broadway, Feat of Clay, written by James Beaman, a professional actor currently playing the same part with the US touring company.

LAP: This is just part of Beaman's blog, but the entire entry is a great read:

Okay, so how, you may ask, do I feel about Clay Aiken playing the role of Sir Robin on Broadway? First, let me say that there is a definite buzz about it around the theatre here for sure ... [snip]

While it surely has not been lost on the producers of our show that Clay will be good for business during the slow months of this, the third year of the Broadway run, I also know the creative team are people with integrity and very high standards.

I am sure that Clay had a very strenuous rehearsal process and that every aspect of his performance was worked on and guided by expert hands. Reading the interviews with Clay, and hearing about his aching muscles and exhaustion, all I could think was, brother, I feel you!!

LAP: For my sidekick and all you other female fans in a constant fog, here comes the Clay interlude.

PHOTO INTERLUDE -- Featured in this clickable interlude are recent stage door photos from Shubert Alley by NoFancyClothes, 1; Butterflyshine, 2; Toni7babe, 3 and 5; and Invisible926, 4.









Walk the Walk with TBAF Socks

LACIE: (fanning self) Whew, my engine is smoking. I doubt I'm good for much more.

LAP: Sheesh, Lace! You're just like all female CA fans. We have an important announcement from OFC member Rosaratana about a fundraising project for The Bubel/Aiken Foundation, so rev back down.

Sponsored by The Aiken4Clay Together for Inclusion Beta Alpha Chapter, TBAF Embroidered Socks Project sports a couple of clever slogans advertising the anklet sock wares supporting the Foundation:

Don't just talk the talk, walk the walk in these white anklet socks embroidered with TBAF!

Why wear Nike or Adidas when you can wear CLAY?

The selection of "Peds" anklet socks can be purchased with "CLAY" embroidered in black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, or burgundy in women's sizes 4-10. Embroidery thread colors for the white anklet "TBAF" socks include black, teal, and lime.

Coordinated by Rosa Shurtz, the fundraiser, which began on Feb. 1, runs through June 15. All proceeds benefit the Foundation. For more information and to place an order for either or both style stocks, contact Rosa at the
Aiken4Clay website.

LACIE: You know I have to have one of each -- TBAF and CLAY -- wrapped around me. I do have an ankle, don't I?

LAP: Watch it, girl; this is a PG-13 blog. Gear down that hard drive.

LACIE: So many colors to choose from. Definitely one of each!


Yo, message from Kai's Crib! - Graphic by Sally

AIR Features Movie Music

LAP: Grandson Kai, five months old on Sunday, says to remind you not to miss this weekend's American Idol 2 Rewind, live or via download. The theme for the Saturday-Sunday show is "Music from the Movies" and features guest judge Gladys Knight. Even Simon was nice!

LACIE: Singer Man (sigh!) performed Somewhere Out There, one of Caro's favorite songs. That's the first time Kai's grandma saw Clay on Idol, and she voted double-fisted from then on.

LAP: That night Gladys Knight said to Clay, "There is something magical about your voice ... something exceptional is going to happen to you."

LACIE: And, you know, she was right!

LAP: That's it for us. Hope we've entertained and informed.

LACIE: Below is a clickable wallpaper of Cindilu2's opening graphic:

Have a wonderful week, Clay Nation!

Caro

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4 comments:

Sandy said...

Hi Caro, oops I mean LAP and LACIE,

It is so nice to see that you two have taken charge of this blog and welcome back. I always look forward to your insight in the Clay Nation. Once again I see that you have not disappointed us fans. I really understand how Caro got lost trying to decipher these TEXTISM codes. I went to a few links and my mind was hallucinating by the time I decided to call it quits. And I thought trying to decipher HTML was hard!

Broadway reports are still coming in leaps and bounds! The pictures that accompany some of these reports are something else though! Caro sure knows how to keep the fans coming back for more with her picture interludes. WOW…he gets HAWTER each day!

Grandson Kai is sure looking like a little dude these days. He just gets cuter and cuter each day. Was it not just the other day, when it was reported the Kai was now 4 months old! The time is just flying by! Lacie I am sure your hard drive space is getting full to capacity with this newest addition to Caro’s family? She just might have to go and buy another external hard drive!

The province of Ontario has bestowed upon us a wonderful new statutory holiday today called Family Day. It was always a long haul between holidays (New Year’s Day and Good Friday). If Good Friday sometimes fell in mid April, then it was over a three month wait for the next holiday. Although the weather isn’t sunny Florida weather, it was none the less a great day of rest.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs,
Sandy

Sandy said...

Hi Caro, oops I mean LAP and LACIE,

It is so nice to see that you two have taken charge of this blog and welcome back. I always look forward to your insight in the Clay Nation. Once again I see that you have not disappointed us fans. I really understand how Caro got lost trying to decipher these TEXTISM codes. I went to a few links and my mind was hallucinating by the time I decided to call it quits. And I thought trying to decipher HTML was hard!

Broadway reports are still coming in leaps and bounds! The pictures that accompany some of these reports are something else though! Caro sure knows how to keep the fans coming back for more with her picture interludes. WOW…he gets HAWTER each day!

Grandson Kai is sure looking like a little dude these days. He just gets cuter and cuter each day. Was it not just the other day, when it was reported the Kai was now 4 months old! The time is just flying by! Lacie I am sure your hard drive space is getting full to capacity with this newest addition to Caro’s family? She just might have to go and buy another external hard drive!

The province of Ontario has bestowed upon us a wonderful new statutory holiday today called Family Day. It was always a long haul between holidays (New Year’s Day and Good Friday). If Good Friday sometimes fell in mid April, then it was over a three month wait for the next holiday. Although the weather isn’t sunny Florida weather, it was none the less a great day of rest.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Hugs,
Sandy

Sandy said...

Hi Caro,
If you see this twice or three times, don't worry I haven't gone off my rocker. For some reason I couldn't send my comments, so I opened up a new browser and tried again. It worked, but now I don't know if you will it more than once.

Anonymous said...

Hi Caro! I'm commenting here because your OFC blog refuses to open for me. It gets as far as 1 item remaining and won't go any further.

That blend of Kai is a riot! So cute!

I hadn't heard about the BAF socks, so thanks for telling us about them! I think I might need some for my exercise walking.

Clay sure is doing a fantastic job in Spamalot, isn't he! We picked a winner!
Hugs from Maddy