Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bubel/Aiken Gala on Replay

THE VOICE -- Clay Aiken thrilled his fans with several songs at Saturday's Bubel/Aiken Foundation Gala. Graphic by Amazing_CA.

Lopez Pens Clay's Playbill Bio

Fan Boards Replay Aiken Gala

Fresh from last weekend's very successful Champions of Change Gala in Raleigh, Clay Aiken returned to the Great White Way as Sir Robin on the Spamalot stage Tuesday evening.

Like most memorable celebrations, the sixth annual Bubel/Aiken Foundation event remains in continuous replay on fan message boards via recaps and downloaded video/audio clack.

Broadway World posted an article about the winning fan biographer for Clay's blurb in the Spamalot Playbill. The story has been picked up by several other outlets, including People and Access Hollywood.

Clay Aiken as Sir Robin in Spamalot.

Clay Aiken, currently starring in Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, has announced the “Write Clay’s Playbill Biography Contest” winner. The contest offered members of his fan club the chance to write his official Playbill biography.

The contest winner is Jo-Anne Lopez [Claybella] of Carlsbad, CA. Her bio is currently appearing in the SPAMALOT Playbill at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). Jo-Anne’s winning bio is below:

Clay Aiken was born southwest of Finland, in Raleigh, NC, a little more than 29 years ago. Although his younger years were spent belting out tunes from atop piles of Sears carpet samples, his mature teenage years saw him cast in musical theater roles such as Singer #2 in his high school production of The Music Man which was met with enough success not to get him cast in his final high school production.

His ego thus bolstered, he had more than enough incentive to audition for “American Idol” Season 2, the outcome of which (in the prophetic #2 spot) has made him arguably the most beloved and successful contestant ever to have irritated Simon Cowell.

A best-selling book, UNICEF Ambassadorship and multiple platinum recordings later, six or seven sold-out nationwide tours notwithstanding, and after a first very successful run in Spamalot early this year, Clay is currently finding his second grail, on Broadway, right here at the Shubert. For his next project, he plans to teach a modern Torah class.

LALATE: Sir Robin for Halloween!

Still don't have a Halloween costume? See LALATE for the necessary items to party as Sir Robin on Oct. 31. Complete with detail photos, the article starts like this:

Clay Aiken delivers an amazing Halloween idea for Spamalot fans. The Clay Aiken Halloween costume idea is relatively economical and funny.

You Need:

1. Hair
2. Glove
3. Rope
4. Belt
5. Rooster and makeup

Read the complete story here: Clay Aiken Halloween Costume.

PHOTO INTERLUDE: This clickable interlude features graphics by Amazing_CA recalling the Champions of Change Gala and Shubert Alley autograph sessions following Clay's Spamalot performances. Photographers include Toni7babe, 1; Dancerdad, 2; PA4clay, 4; and RhonnaR, 5.

Gala Recaps in Heavy Rotation

Whether tour concerts, Spamalot performances, TV shows, or other appearances, CA message boards thrive on recaps long after an actual event. Saturday's gala, therefore, remains in heavy rotation throughout Clay Cyberspace.

Karma4Clay, who decided to attend the gala two weeks prior to the event, penned a very special report that transports readers to the Saturday's session at the Marriott in Raleigh. Slightly edited, here is the performance part of her recap:

The speeches were incredibly moving, the auction was hilarious and fun, and the blackout and chatter during the reboot was priceless. There were so many great moments already at that point, and then Clay began to sing.

You can’t hear it on the clack, or see it. But the minute he started singing "When I See You Smile," some of us had tears streaming down our faces.

It was OUR Clay, singing to us again. The room seemed to expand with love and emotion in that moment and it never stopped until the last note.

If Clay ever had any doubt that his “reveal” would change our reactions to him, we vanquished that with the first growl of “well now” and the squeals that ensued. He was so ON ... so sexay!

The moments in "On My Way Here" were very emotional and of course by the time he had finished "Right Here Waiting" (the song whose status changed drastically for a lot of us), we were both exuberant and drained and oh so incredibly grateful.

I remember thinking over and over how fortunate I was to be there and literally said to myself after every song that that one alone had been worth the ticket price.

Special Meeting with Faye

The icing came for me when I realized that I’d left my jacket on my chair some good time later (nearly an hour or more I think—but it’s a bit fuzzy) and went back to retrieve it.

I ran into Faye coming out from somewhere, carrying some things and just started talking to her about the evening and how special it was. She then said to me:

“Y’all make him feel so special.”

I said something to the effect that I hoped so and something about all the emotion in the room and how fortunate I felt to have been there.

She talked about all the tears she’d seen (she looked a bit like she might have had a moment or two herself).

I verified that I’d experienced the same and then we smiled at each other for a second and said good night. It was the perfect thing to hear at the end of this incredible evening. “Y’all make him feel so special.

I hope so with all my heart. Because he is special, after all. So very special.

Miracle of the Moment - LovesClaysVoice

Link to the montage on YouTube here, and download Miracle of the Moment by LovesClaysVoice with this Sendspace.

Below is a clickable of Amazing_CA's opening graphic:

Have a great week, Clay Nation!


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Tamm said...

Hey chickie, it's Tamm... I'm no longer a member of Clay's Official Fan Club --- the drama just ruined it for me over there... but I'm thrilled to find you on Blogger --- I still get emails when someone updates their "blog" and mentions it on Clay's official site - go figure. LOL

Anyway, hope you don't mind that I'm following you now on Blogger... Hope you have a wonderful day!


stargazer said...

Caro, another beautiful Blog. I don't know how you do it as your blogs are chock full of Clay Aiken goodies. Clay Aiken goodies and goodness, there's nothing like it!

redca40 said...

Thanks for the beautiful blog Caro! I had the best time at the BAF gala. The honorees were special to watch accept their awards and the auction was hysterically funny. I am so proud that over $207,000 was raised for the BAF. Clay was put on an amazing performance and warmed my heart.

Ashes said...

“Y’all make him feel so special.”

Caro, that is a quote that goes in my to be remembered book. He makes me feel pretty darn special too.

Now off I go to watch the montage that I missed along the way!

Thank you for the beautiful blog.

LovesClaysVoice said...

Great blog Caro! Thanks for including my montage! Yes...he is very special! Thank you for all you do!!

dee said...

Yay for Clay Aiken , especially for the success of the foundation Gala . It was so good to see him and hear that beautiful voice .

jbc4clay said...

Another wonderful blog Caro.
Thanks for posting the video. It is really beautiful.

MissSally said...

I've never seen Clay look happier & that makes my heart smile. He is who he is, and we love him as much or more than ever.

OT - Your blog page is looking pretty fancy-schmancy these days Ms Caro...I like it!

MissSally said...

I forgot to add
GO Obama!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog, just love our Clay more every day.

BRAVO! Great to see the new ad. GO BLUE!!

Chardonnay said...

Thank you so much for all that Caro! I would have missed a lot of good stuff if I hadn't checked in...