Contest Winner Pens Bio
It is official, there is a winner in the Clay Aiken Playbill Bio contest, and we are sorry to say that it isn’t you, Mr. David Mamet. You’re entry was good, but too short. We didn’t get to see Douglas Carter Beane’s entry, nor Tony Kushner’s, Neil Simon’s, Michael Riedel’s, Ben Brantly’s, nor even Eric Idle’s entry. We can offer you the inside look at the actual winning entry from Jo-Anne Lopezof Carlsbad, CA (or JoLo as her friends may call her). Her bio is currently appearing in the SPAMALOT Playbill at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street). Here is what a winning Playbill Bio looks like:
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.
Congratualtions to JoLo, Clay, and everyone involved in the contest. We are still in denial about the closing notice, except to voice loudly “it’s not dead yet.” Of course, you can win a backstage pass and VIP performance seats from the cast of Grease in our contest…it’s free to enter and you only need to know how to write your name and email address. Hurry contest is ending soon.
-Broadway Magazine, Broadway.tv