Monday, September 22, 2008

Aiken, Fans Conquer 'Spamalot'

SHUBERT ALLEY -- Clay Aiken greets fans in Shubert Alley following weekend 'Spamalot' performances. Graphic by Amazing_CA, photos by Dancerdad.

Weekend Invasion of Broadway

Aiken, Fans Conquer 'Spamalot'

This weekend's Broadway invasion by Clay Aiken and his fans, the Clay Nation, made headlines throughout the New York City theater community, some of which are highlighted here.

In her
Broadway Magazine blog, Edith Haight contrasts the celebratory style of Clay's loyal fans with the violent rivalries in 19th century theatre history.

There was an invasion on Broadway this weekend, as American Idol star Clay Aiken returned to Spamalot to reprise his role as Sir Robin. Aiken first played the role last Spring, and then left for the summer.

His return to the show was greeted with an outpouring of enthusiasm and accolades from fans. The most passionate Aiken fans are known as Claymates, and they rival the theatre gangs of long ago.

The loyal fans of American actor Edwin Forrest and British actor William Macready fought to the literal death spurred on by their loyalty to their respective actor. The Astor Place riots were a real theatrical tragedy caused by passionate fans.

Well, Clay Aiken can rest soundly at night knowing that he has his own passionate gang of theatre and Broadway fans known as Claymates, and they are ready to do battle for Clay if need be. No worries about violence, the Claymates seem more about celebration than intimidation.

PHOTO INTERLUDE: Included in this clickable interlude are stage door photos from this past weekend, Clay's first back in the Spamalot cast. Photographers include Dancerdad, 1; Toni7babe, 2; and Shamrock, 3.

Triumphant Return to Broadway

Broadway World is celebrating Clay's triumphant return to Spamalot with a story and a handsome collection of photos by Pablo Pimienta:
Clay Aiken Returns to Monty Python's Spamalot .

Clay Aiken returned to the scene of his triumphant Broadway debut Friday September 19th as he reprised the role of 'Sir Robin' in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot. Clay's debut on Broadway earlier this year was met with wild enthusiasm from both his legion of fans and the New York press.

He'll be performing the role of 'Sir Robin ' at the Shubert Theatre from September 19 2008 - January 4 2009. made sure our camera was there as he made his return to the New York stage!

Sir Robins Clay Aiken and James Beaman

A Meeting of Two Robins

James Beaman, Sir Robin in the US tour cast of Spamalot, caught Broadway's Sunday matinee en route to Toronto and blogged about seeing the show from out front in his 9/20/08 blog:
Claymation, or "Oh, My Aiken's Back"!!

And then there was Clay Aiken. I think he is very amusing as Robin and I enjoyed many of his choices and personal touches. He plays it rather foppish and fussy, a bit eccentric.

Clay may be inexperienced as a stage actor, but he has great instincts and a goofy comic sensibility which works for "Spamalot." And then of course, there's that effortless, amazing voice--and the creators of the show have inserted a few bits into the show for Clay to show off his vocal talents.

You can read the entire entry at the above link.

Clay Leads Lycos Searches

#1 AT LYCOS: On the week of his return to Spamalot, Clay Aiken was the "most searched" topic at Lycos 50. This marks his 458th consecutive week on the Lycos list.

HAIL, SIR ROBIN -- salutes Clay's return to Spamalot:

If you were taking a cab across 44th Street on Sept. 19, chances are it wasn't cheap. With Daniel Radcliffe appearing down the block in previews for Equus, the sidewalks got even more crowded with fans and onlookers, thanks to Clay Aiken's splashy return to Spamalot.

After leaving the show in April (and becoming a father last month), the pop phenom reassumed the role of Sir Robin and brought down the house with his seemingly effortless performance and an ace rendition of "You Won't Succeed on Broadway."

Aiken's signed on through January 4, so if you missed him the first time, here's your chance to be impressed. And trust us, the guy's pretty darn amazing.

Also featured is a slide show by Jenny Anderson.

TOP AUCTION PRIZE: The 22nd Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction Sunday, Sept. 21, raised a grand total of $496,380 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA).

The top-selling lot was a pair of house seats to Spamalot and a backstage tour hosted by Clay Aiken (which fetched $10,000), followed by a walk-on role in the hit musical Wicked ($8,500) and a walk-on role in the international hit musical Mamma Mia! ($6,250).

SPAMALOT SALES BUMP: According to Variety, Spamalot ($494,410) bumped up close to $80,000 to log the biggest jump of the week, with increased sales attributable in part to the return of Clay Aiken Sept. 19.

LAST MINUTE TICKETS: Want to see Spamalot but don't have a seat? At this link, you can check for the availability of last-minute tickets. The site is updated at 10 a.m. EST on weekdays.

CLAY ON GMA: Clay will appear on Good Morning America in a two-part interview titled "Clay Aiken, My Story," Thursday and Friday. Reckon Parker is an early riser?

PAULA'S PARTY: There's lots of blues at Paula Dean's shindig at 7 p.m. ET/PT Saturday -- "blue-inspired recipes and the coolest guests in town," that is.

Pop Star Clay Aiken makes blue corn crusted bass, Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman shows off a recipe for blue velvet cake, and Paula makes a blueberry crème Brule tart for Grammy winner Dionne Warwick.

Below is a clickable of Amazing_CA's opening graphic:

Happy Fall, Clay Nation!


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redca40 said...

It's so nice to see Clay Aiken get the kind of respect he deserves from Broadway. They've treated him so kind with love and excitement at his return. Broadway has also treated the fans with respect as well.

jbc4clay said...

I love reading your blog - very informative!
That is a great pic of the Two Robins!

Ashes said...

It's wonderful to read all the respect from the Broadway world for Clay. Love the article about Clay's loyal fans.

I'll keep an eye out for what else you are bringing to this great feast of yours!

Allegra said...

I'm thrilled that Clay is back on Broadway. I love that he gets respect there, and he gets to do something that he loves. Hopefully this will lead to even better things down the road. Thanks for another wonderful blog.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps this person is getting what we knew all along? That Clay IS someone special that doesn't come along very often. And because of that, his fans are VERY loyal and we are part of the music buying/listening, tour going public who love this guy!

SueReu said...

YAY CLAY!!!! You go baby!!!

It's been such an exciting three days!!!

Deona said...

Lots of good news this week! I love how you present everything on your blog.

Anonymous said...

An amazing amount of Clay Aiken information in your blog! I went to Spamalot three times this weekend and Clay never ceases to amaze me.


Traveler on Life's Path said...

Fabulous blog...thanks for the link to find last minute tickets to Spamalot...I hear that a lot of non fans are buying up tickets to the show...there is a huge amount of buzz on Broadway for Clay Aiken.

annieg9 said...

Thank you for all of the great info on your blog! I love seeing Clay all over the place!
Broadway is lucky to have him and they know how to show appreciation and love. Spamalot knows how to do promotion. RCA should learn from them!

Clay is the best and he deserves only the very best

Anonymous said...

Love your blogs, always chock full of goodies.
I stand by my man.