Clay Aiken – Fast Facts About Spamalot

As most of you know, Clay Aiken made his first starring role on Broadway, playing Sir Robin in the quirky musical, Spamalot. Clay’s first run in the show was from January 18 to May 4, 2008.  After taking the summer off, Clay returned to the show and played the show from September 19, 2008 to January 4, 2009.

Spamalot is the hilarious musical adaptation of the classic 1975 film ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’. Eric Idle who was an original Monty Python cast member created the Broadway musical comedy, Spamalot. Spamalot premiered on Broadway in 2005. The show won a Tony Award for best musical in 2005. Spamalot played more than 1400 shows during its run on Broadway before it finally closed its doors to go on tour in January 2009.

The following is a list of some of the interesting facts about the show.

  • “Spamalot” uses 40 wireless microphones, consumes more than 2,500 AAA batteries per month, runs more than 1 mile of cable and uses custom-built lasers to aim the speakers in each house.
  • Among the props is a cow that weighs 45 pounds and it takes two stagehands to catapult it over the castle.
  • Spamalot uses approximately 40 coconuts per month, supplied by the Coconut King in Florida.
  • The “Feet of God” weighs 1,700 pounds.
  • It takes more than 80 people on stage and off to run each performance.
  • The Electrics Department uses six tanks of liquid carbon dioxide per week to create the low-ground fog effect and uses eight fire extinguishers per week for the Feet of God “blast off” effect.
  • Six pounds of confetti are used at each performance.
  • The orchestra uses a Spama-horn, an instrument specially developed for and used only in “Spamalot.”
  • There are more than 100 wigs (including facial hair) in the show, all hand-tied and made of human hair, yak hair and synthetics supplied from New York, California and London.
  • The mud make-up is a formula specially designed for “Spamalot.”
  • The poorest peasants’ costumes in the show are actually made of raw silk.
  • Three feet of “blood” has to be ironed prior to each performance.
  • There are more than 100 undergarments in the show, including 30 pairs of men’s fishnets and 56 codpieces.
  • The Lady of the Lake’s costumes are all comprised of hand-strung glass beads.
  • The costumes are not only made of a wide variety of fabrics, but many are made of molded ABS plastics, and even nuts and bolts. You are as likely to see a costumer with power tools as you are a sewing machine.

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Comments

  1. I wish I could have had the chance to see Clay in Spamalot. Maybe he'll be on Broadway again someday.

  2. What a great time that was. I loved watching the video, thank you. He's such a great all around entertainer. I miss him.

  3. well now that was fun!!!! thanks!!! I'm hoping Spamalot comes on tour to my neck of the woods. While I'll miss one Mr. Clay Aiken, I would love for my son to see it on stage.

  4. Aw a trip down memory lane. I saw the show on Broadway in 2006 and then again of course when Clay was in it. Lovely article.

  5. Thanks Musicfan. Brings back some fond memories! I've been a bit negligent about commenting but just know that I read your article daily. 🙂

    Thanks for all you have done and continue to do.

  6. Okay, I should have logged in to FB first. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. 🙂

    I have been very negligent about commenting lately but I do read your article every day. Thanks for what you have done and continue to do. Take care ~~~~~~~

  7. I really enjoyed watching that video. Clay is just so awesome up there on the stage. I never did get to go see him in Spamalot…but, I never missed a cellcert or pictures and video's. It is so nice to be able to watch all his video's from Spamalot now on YouTube. I sure hope he is in another Broadway Play again. This time singing with that great voice.

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