Can you believe? It is just a week since Clay Aiken made his debut as Man In A Chair. The production of The Drowsy Chaperone by the North Carolina Theatre was a huge success and received glowing reviews from both the audience members and the theatre reviewers. Their week-long run was just not enough.
I found a wonderful blog about The Drowsy Chaperone. The writer, Peter Hilliard wrote the following about the Man In The Chair and the requirements needed for an actor to make the character work:
Man in Chair:
This is a tour-de-force role for a comic actor. He has to be able to sing, but only enough to just carry a tune at the end. The important thing is that he can command the stage for the whole show; he makes or breaks the evening. There is a tricky monologue at the end that pivots from tragicomedy to tragedy to comedy on a dime, and not everyone can pull it off. When he came and spoke to our Villanova audience Bob Martin said that he considered the show a tragic monologue interspersed with some funny numbers. An amusing remark, to be sure, but it really is a story about the Man In The Chair and his relationship with a record. That record has replaced any kind of functional relationship in reality. It’s hard to play that well, and if you have somebody just playing it for laughs, the show has very little meaning.
What an important role…and Clay was amazing in the role! You can read Peter Hilliard’s entire blog by clicking HERE
A big thank-you to Canfly for the following pictures. They are amazing!! Please do NOT copy these pictures on FaceBook.
Doesn’t it look like Clay is having fun?
Would you like to see Clay do another show on Broadway?