While Clay Aiken was on Broadway, starring in Spamalot, he was surrounded by many talented actors. Since the January closing, most of those talented people have been busy working in their chosen career. It is interesting to see what they have been up to the last few months.
Tom Deckman played multiple roles in Spamalot, but was best known for his role as the historian and Prince Herbert.
Tom’s latest project was a concert performance of “Extraordinary.” The March 30th performance was held at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. “Extraordinary” is, according to the New York Times, a musical that “teaches the importance of accepting differences without being saccharine or sanctimonious.”
This performance was presented by the Theresa Foundation. This foundation just formed the THERESA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS. This family-centered organization will give children with special needs the opportunity to explore creative movement, drama, art and music.
David Hibbard starred as Patsy in Spamalot. This past February, he performed in THE ROAD TO QATAR. This production was by the York Theatre Company. This company is the only theatre in New York City dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals. Each year, the company presents between 30 to 40 readings and workshops.
During Clay’s first run of Spamalot, Hannah Waddingham was the Lady of the Lake. Today, Hannah is starring in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. The production has been so successful that the company is moving to a larger theater and is booked until July 25th. Hannah stars as Desiree.
Bradley Dean will always be known as the handsome Sir Galahad in Spamalot. But, at this time, he is playing the role of El Gallo in the Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. This musical is a romantic comedy about a boy and girl who fall in and out of love because of the meddling of their fathers. El Gallo is the narrator who creates a world of moonlight and magic until the boy and girl find their way back to one another.
Starting on April 7th, Rick Holmes will be joining the cast of Distracted. This comedy is about parenting in the age of Ritalin and the Internet. Distracted stars Cynthia Nixon as a contemporary American mom. Rick will play the role of the Dad. It is scheduled to play until May 17th.
Christopher Sieber, the original Sir Galahad, is continuing in his role as Lord Farquaad in Shrek, the Musical. He is also very involved in BroadwayCares/ Equity Fights Aids.
Continuing in the role of The Lady of the Lake, Merle Dandridge is touring throughout the United States in Spamalot.
Congratulations to each of these talented people. It is wonderful that they can continue to perform and entertain in their chosen careers.