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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4 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – First Performance on Broadway

  1. Two beautiful voices blended together and giving a virtuoso performance on Broadway! Thank you, CANN for sharing this a most remembrance moment in Clay history!

  2. Thank you for the pictures and the video. The video is great with two great voices. Clay should have been on Broadway more often. Thank you for the memories. Thank you CANN.

  3. Occasionally I’ll see Heather Headley acting as the head of the hospital on Chicago Med on NBC and remember watching her sing with Clay all those years ago on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. I now see Hanna Waddingham winning awards for Broadway performances and remember her also singing with Clay all those years ago. I hope Clay has a big scrap book filled with photos & memories.

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