Clay Aiken – On Broadway!

Before I write today’s blog, I would like to share this with you.

I realize that this is a very difficult time for everyone.  I think we are scared,  sad, confused, and lonely.  

I have had a few people ask me if I thought it was appropriate to post light-hearted posts.  So…this is how I feel.

At this time I want to help…but I really can’t do much.  But…I can try to help people smile and relax for a few minutes.  So…I will continue with CANN and hope that you can have a few moments of fun.  I hope you understand.

Sponsored by BroadwayCares/Equity Fights Aids, the 22nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition was held on Tuesday, April 29, 2009 at the Minskoff Theatre.  The performance was the culmination of a 6 week fundraiser that pitted the different stage productions against each other to raise money for the charity.

Spamalot had only participated for 2 weeks, but the cast and crew worked hard by posing for pictures, giving backstage tours and auctioning off bits of costumes and stage props.  Clay Aiken spent hours leading the way and encouraging his fans to help out.

Many of the participating shows participated in the April 29th event by presenting an ornate “Easter Bonnet”, accompanied by a short skit.  Clay Aiken and Hannah Waddingham sang a serious and beautiful rendition of “The Prayer.”  But, because it was Spamalot, there had to be a twist.  Just as the audience was enjoying the beautiful song, the nun from Spamalot made an appearance…..on roller skates.  How did Clay and Hannah keep a straight face as they continued to sing?

At the end of the show, it was announced that the Broadway musical “Rent” won the top prize in the competition by raising a record $277,740.  “Spamalot” was the runner-up with a total of $264,900 raised. The grand total for the fundraiser was $3,734,129.  This total proved that all of the Broadway community were winners that day.

The following is a video of the performance of the Spamalot cast, featuring Clay and Hannah singing The Prayer.

Did you know???

David Foster composed this beautiful song in 1999 and won The Golden Globe for Best Original Song in a movie!

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8 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – On Broadway!

  1. I do enjoy reading CANN first thing in the morning. It gives normalcy to this abnormal times. Thanks for doing this.

  2. Thank you for the pictures and the video. The song is beautiful.Clay and Hannah voices are perfect for this song. I did know that David Foster wrote this song. David has written other songs also. This song is perfect for this time. Thank you again and be safe.

  3. Your posts each day are perfect for adding some lightness to a rather dark time. I do look forward to seeing what Clay treat you have in store for us each morning. Clay & Hannah had the same hair color & style back in the Spamalot days. The Prayer is the perfect song for this time of year during Holy Week.

  4. Two beautiful voices blended together! Honestly, I don’ t know how they kept their conpulsure during the hilarious antics behind them!

    Please don’t stop, CANN is one of the highlights of my day! We don’t know what we would do without our favorite Website giving us news/memories of OMC!

  5. Don’t stop – we need you and this site to give us that special feeling from seeing all of the wonderful photos and enjoying all of the memories from the videos. Really love this song – “The Prayer” and as others have said very perfect for the times we are living and the Easter season.

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