Broadway Features and Reviews
Spamalot's Broadway Blog Of Clay Canned?
By Joan Sullivan, Broadway Magazine
Clay Aiken continues his run in the hit Broadway show Spamalot, but his Broadway blog apparently does not. The former American Idol contestant and current Eric Idle Broadway musical star has brought his own unique blend of musicality and celebrity to the Monty Python franchise. The show has pulled out all the puns to embrace Aiken, with his face smiling from bus ads, and large posters proclaiming "What a Difference a Clay Makes". At first glance, Aiken and Python seem an odd mix, but fans say the singer has always had a sense of abandon and fun, and Spamalot as a musical embodies those traits.
Audiences continue to flock to the show to watch Aiken, either because they are his fans or because they enjoy watching him soil himself, as his character does in the show. The brave Sir Robin is, of course, not so brave in the show. For the true Aiken fans, known as "Aikers", the show offered a Broadway blog of the star's thoughts and insights. Always candid, the newest member of the Monty Python troupe confided in his blog "Until about three months ago, I thought Monty Python was a person. No Lie. It wasn't until I first saw Spamalot that I was even exposed to Monty Python." Monty Python fans may cringe, but more likely, they can appreciate the non sequitur that is Aiken in Python.
Elsewhere in the blog, Clay confesses, "Interestingly enough, I got cut from my high school musical my senior year, and wasn't necessarily one of my 10-12th grade choir teacher's 'favorites'." Clay also talks about embarrassing moments on-stage and what is the craziest thing he's done for a laugh (actually, nothing). Most interesting of all, he makes a connection with Martin Moran, who was excellent as Sir Robin before being bumped to make room for Aiken. Apparently, Moran's performance in Big River was one of Aiken's earliest theatre memories.
Well, apparently the blog is no more. According to the Spamalot site, the blog has gone on "holiday" with the last entry coming at the end of February. The final entry features the confession that Aiken has no real Python roots prior to Spamalot. As the show celebrates its third year, with its tongue firmly in its cheeky cheek, hopefully Spamalot will let Aiken blog-a-bit more. Clay may not know Python well, but he fits ironically and comfortably into the unique Broadway universe that is Spamalot.
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