Clay Aiken – 2008 Jumps To 2017


It’s Friday and that means it’s a BOLD Morning!

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Join Carrie Sheffield and Clay Aiken as they welcome some exciting guests to discuss the Manhattan attack, Paul Manafort and more. They will be joined by an award-winning journalist from Bustle, a Texas congressman, an American Idol alum and other great guests! Join the conversation live and watch Bold TV tomorrow !

This sounds like an exciting and busy show…so…grab a cup of coffee and watch Clay and Carrie discuss the news!

When I was looking at my calendar a a few days ago, I was reminded that Clay Aiken was on Broadway… in Spamalot during  November, 2008.

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.

 This reminded me of how wonderful Clay was in Spamalot.

Did you see Clay in Spamalot?

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6 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – 2008 Jumps To 2017

  1. Thank you, CANN, for posting a wonderful Claymemory from Spamalot. Not only, did I love his singing, acting, dancing, but also his British accent!
    Waiting for BOLD this morning!

  2. I was just going to read todays CANN post and move on to the other emails, but I got caught up in all the Spamalot videos. How time flies when there is so much to watch and enjoy of Clay's singing, dancing and being silly. I saw Spamalot twice when Clay was Sir Robin. What fun! Watched Bold today and see that Clay is back to brown hair. It was a good program (as usual).

  3. Very interesting Bold today. They always have diverse guests and relevant topics. Congrats to NIP for a successful gala. And love Clays hair color and hair style, very handsome

  4. Spamalot…..Spamalot! Thanks for this wonderful walk down memory lane. I was fortunate enough to see it 14 times, most of them in SRO spots (Standing Room Only). They cost only $20 a spot, so that's how I was able to go so many times. I did have a seat in front one time due to the generosity of a friend. I won the peasant award another time and was thrilled to be brought up on stage to be serenaded by the cast. Those were magical times and I so wish they would bring Spamalot back with the same cast. The surrounding restaurants and hotels did very well that year with all the fans coming back again to see Spamalot.

    Thanks so much for posting these pics. and the video. Great idea!

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