On February 7, 2011, Clay Aiken participated in the 6th edition of BROADWAY BACKWARDS. Held at the beautiful Longacre Theatre, the show was filled with an all-star cast that included Tony Award winners Hinton Battle, Len Cariou, Alan Cumming, Debra Monk, Bebe Neuwirth, Denis O’Hare, Karen Olivo and Lillias White, Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.
BROADWAY BACKWARDS is an amazing benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of New York. In 2011, the concert raised a record-breaking $281,243 for the two organizations.
According to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids website:
BROADWAY BACKWARDS reinterprets the songs of musical theater by featuring women singing songs originally written for men and men singing songs written for women. By keeping the lyrics intact, including the pronouns, each song takes on an entirely new dimension. It’s Broadway in a whole new key.
I remember the benefit concert very well. I was lucky enough to be at the event and see and hear all the excitement of the night.
The obvious highlight for this Clay Aiken fan was seeing Clay shine on the Broadway stage as he performed “Home” from The Wiz. He started quietly and slowly built to a powerful climax. He sang from his heart and the audience was moved by his outstanding performance. As the applause continued, Clay returned to the stage for a second bow. Appropriately, Clay seemed right at “Home” on the Broadway stage.
I am so glad that I was able to attend this wonderful sold-out concert. It was a special evening that I will never forget.
I hope you take a moment and watch the following video of the wonderful performance by Clay Aiken. It is outstanding.
Do you want to see Clay return to Broadway some time?
Clay is an amazing performer and he gave me thrills and chills listening to this video. I have never seen Clay on Broadway but I am sure he would do just as well as in the past. Loved reading of your experience at this show.
Thank you CANN.
Eres lo mejor que he escuchado en años… Eres un cantante excepcional, tienes un gran talento y gracias por compartirlo con todos nosotros, es maravilloso escucharte cantar, me elevas al cielo… Eres grande!
Thank you, CANN for sharing this spectacular performance by OMC! No doubt, there would be a standing ovation! Clay is the best!
It must have been so exciting for you to see & hear Clay sing "Home" at Broadway Backwards. I never get tired of watching this video. Thanks for posting it for us again. I did see Clay in Spamalot twice, but missed the Christmas show 2 years ago.
Thank you for the pictures and the video. This one of my favorite songs. When Clay sings, it is like hearing the song for the first time. I love it. Clay has an beautiful voice.I wish I can find this song on a CD with Clay singing just Broadway songs. . i have not seen Clay on Broadway. It had to be an one of a kind night to see Clay sing this song. Thank you for sharing.
I got the chills listening to Clay sing that It was done so beautiful Thank You so much for sharing this.
clay sure is a amazing performer thanks very much for sharing this im glad that clay had the chance to sing this song it was done so incredabley beautufull
Breathtaking. I watch it often. One of my favorites<3<3<3