Sponsored by BroadwayCares/Equity Fights Aids, the 22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition was held on Tuesday, April 29, at the Minskoff Theatre. The performance was the culmination of a 6 week fundraiser that pitted the different stage productions against each other to raise money for the charity.
Spamalot had only participated for 2 weeks, but the cast and crew worked hard by posing for pictures, giving backstage tours and auctioning off bits of costumes and stage props. Clay Aiken spent hours leading the way and encouraging his fans to help out.
Many of the participating shows participated in the April 29th event by presenting an ornate “Easter Bonnet”, accompanied by a short skit. Clay Aiken and Hannah Waddingham sang a serious and beautiful rendition of “The Prayer.” But, because it was Spamalot, there had to be a twist. Just as the audience was enjoying the beautiful song, the nun from Spamalot made an appearance…..on roller skates. How did Clay and Hannah keep a straight face as they continued to sing?
At the end of the show, it was announced that the Broadway musical “Rent” won the top prize in the competition by raising a record $277,740. “Spamalot” was the runner-up with a total of $264,900 raised. The grand total for the fundraiser was $3,734,129. This total proved that all of the Broadway community were winners that day.
The following is a video of the performance of the Spamalot cast, featuring Clay and Hannah singing The Prayer.
Click here to see video:
Hannah and Clay Aiken were wonderful! Thanks for the blog.
I loved that performance. They both have such amazing voices!
I have never seen that whole video before. Its amazing how they just kept singing oblivious to all the hanky-pank going on all around them. What a voice they both have…just soaring! Loved it!!
That is the best version of “The Prayer” I have ever heard. It’s like silk…Hannah’s and Clay’s voices just blend so well together…I just do not get how they did not crack up with the nun roller blading around them….hahahaha
Thanks for sharing this video CANN
I love “The Prayer”. I wish it could have been done as a serious number, but it was appropriately done in “Spamalot” style.
Love this video. I hope they record this on an album soon. It would be lobvely for weddings or anytime.
Amazing, thank you for this! I’m getting my LOW NOTES fixes starting at 1.23-. Thank you, I adore the LOW NOTES. Beautiful rendition. I agree this has to be recorded.