Clay Aiken – First Performance on Broadway

I watched with anticipation as Clay Aiken took the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre on May 24, 2004.  Joining the talented Heather Headley, the two artists sang a wonderful rendition of Can You Feel The Love Tonight from the Lion King.

Heather  was born and spent most of her childhood on the beautiful Caribbean island of Trinidad. The daughter of a pastor, she started singing and playing the piano in the church at a very young age.

Heather won the role of Nala in the original Broadway cast of the Tony winning musical The Lion King. She then originated the title role in the Broadway adaptation of    Aida.

Being the mother of two young boys keeps Heather busy, but she has continued her musical career with 4 CD’s, a year in the West End of London  to originate the leading role in a musical adaptation of The Bodyguard…plus many tours and awards.

In May, 2016, Headley took over the role of Shug Avery from Jennifer Hudson in the recent Broadway revival of The Color Purple. The show closed on January 8, 2017.

What an accomplished lady!  I am certainly glad that she chose Clay Aiken to sing with on her concert to support  Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

This was Clay’s first performance on Broadway!!


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  1. I have always loved this video – Clay and Heather seem like they are so enjoying singing together. Heather also seems so tickled to have Clay there with her and the crowd is definitely appreciating Clay!

    Thanks for this CANN!

  2. Beautiful performance between these two! Perfect in every sense of the word!
    Thank you, CANN for the article and video!

  3. what a beautufull performance between clay and heather it was perfict in every way thanks very much cann

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