It is wonderful to see the great publicity that Clay Aiken is receiving for his highly anticipated performance in “Bringing Broadway Home.” The One Night Performance is scheduled for June 21, 2010 and will be held at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
On Tuesday, April 13th, two wonderful articles were published about the performance that will be a benefit concert celebrating 27 seasons of Broadway at the North Carolina Theatre.
Raleigh, N.C. — Broadway performers, including Clay Aiken and Sharon Lawrence, will headline a benefit concert for the North Carolina Theater on June 21, organizers announced Tuesday.
“Bringing Broadway Home” celebrates 27 seasons of Broadway in North Carolina by bringing together singers who have performed on the N.C. Theater stage. The event will be held at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
Aiken, a Raleigh native and ”American Idol” runner-up, is preparing to release his sixth album, Tried and True, this summer. He starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” In 1996, Aiken performed on the N.C. Theatre stage in “Shenandoah” and “1776.”
Lawrence, a four-time Emmy nominated actress, has appeared on several TV shows, including “NYPD Blue”, “Desperate Housewives” and “Monk.” In addition to her work on Broadway, Lawrence performed several roles on the N.C. Theatre stage and starred alongside Terrence Mann in the theatre’s first production, “Camelot,” in 1984.
Mann, who is currently starring on Broadway in “The Addams Family,” will also perform in the concert. The Tony-nominated performer has served as an actor, artistic director and director for many N.C. Theatre productions throughout the years. His Broadway career has spanned more than two decades, including roles in “Les Miserables” and Disney’s “ Beauty and the Beast.” Also joining the benefit are Lauren Kennedy and Quiana Parler.
Kennedy, a Raleigh native, has starred on Broadway in “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” and appeared in “Sunset Boulevard” with Glenn Close and in “Les Misérables.” Kennedy has been apart of a number of N.C. Theatre productions, most recently starring alongside country music singer Larry Gatlin in “Annie Get Your Gun.”
Parler, an accomplished singer, has performed on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “The Today Show” and “The Academy of Country Music Awards.” She debuted in 2008 as Effie in N.C. Theatre’s production of “Dreamgirls.”
Tickets range from $50 to $100, with a VIP option of $150 that includes an exclusive, one-hour pre-show reception and complimentary parking.
Tickets are on sale to N.C. Theatre subscribers this week, and go on sale to the general public on April 19. For tickets, call the box office at 919-831-6941, extensions 6943 or 6944.
Playbill is a monthly U.S. magazine for theatergoers. Playbill was first printed in 1884 for a single theatre on 21st St. It is now used for almost every Broadway and Off-Broadway show. Circulation at this time is almost 4,000,000 and is in the range of the circulation of Time Magazine.
Beginning in January 1994, Playbill started a free Internet news service, www.playbill.com This site offers breaking news about the theatre industry and focuses on New York shows. But, regional, touring and international stage information is also included. It is read by show fans all over, and is updated as news happens.
On Tuesday, April 13th, Playbill published a wonderful article about the Raleigh concert. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you can see it at PLAYBILL
BroadwayWorld.com is considered one of the top theatre sites on the internet. It features news, a message board, video previews, show information, photos and biographies. On April 13th, they wrote a comprehensive article about the concert in Raleigh and included wonderful biographies of all the performers. Of all the articles posted on Tuesday, this one has the most information. The following is the paragraph they wrote about Clay.
Clay Aiken is a multi-platinum recording artist and is set to release his sixth album, Tried and True, this summer. Since his meteoric rise to fame on the hit TV show American Idol in 2003, Aiken has launched eight tours, authored a New York Times best-selling book called Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life, starred on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot, and has guest starring roles in TV’s Scrubs, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. Before all of these accomplishments and more, Aiken performed on the North Carolina Theatre stage in Shenandoah and 1776 in 1996.
The rest of the article can be read at BROADWAYWORLD
It is wonderful to see all the support there is for this wonderful benefit concert. I just hope there is CLACK!!