Clay Aiken – Enjoying The Stage

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Friday, July 23rd was the last day to be part of the “PittsburghCLO 75th Anniversary.” It was the third evening of the show and it seemed that everyone seemed to enjoy it each time.

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Each performance was excellent and the stage was filled with fun and excitement. It seemed like Clay Aiken had a smile the entire evening.

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Sharon Eberson is the arts reviewer at Pittsburgh In The Round. She said some great things about Clay…”

…..As noted by Aiken, opening-night weather was mercifully clear and mild, as if the stars had aligned to kick off the Broadway celebration’s Wednesday through Saturday run.
The engaging host, cheerleader, and performer was as well-versed in CLO history as he was eager to get the party started. You’d think he was a Pittsburgher the way he kvelled about the city’s talent onstage and behind the scenes

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The AMERICAN IDOL runner-up and SPAMALOT star, who burst onto the CLO scene as a bespangled Teen Angel in GREASE, quipped that he was invited back so he could outdo his costume and show off “my best Liberace.”

He opened the celebration with a song by Jason Coll, UNDER THE STARS, written specifically for the occasion. Aiken later delivered one of the few take-a-breath numbers, an unexpectedly jazzy, moving arrangement of WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?, featuring a sax solo by Sam Eisenreich.

Stephanie Umoh (HAMILTON tour’s Angelica Schuyler, and I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM, soloist, in the CLO show). Umoh was tasked with presenting the history of the COPACABANA musical in Pittsburgh. Aiken then timed it just right to say, “I’ll take it from here, girl.” He sang the title song of the CLO-produced Barry Manilow musical while the ensemble danced up a storm…..

A thank you to Sharon Eberson for the nice review.

The following picture was shown at the Anniversary. It is of Clay , (of course) in his role in Grease 2 years ago at PittsburghCLO.

Enjoy!! – I hope you will stop by…just click on the comment button.

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10 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – Enjoying The Stage

  1. That was an excellent review – you gave us a lot of info from 75th Anniv. of the Pittsburgh CLO – thank you for sharing the pics. I spent my first 21 years living
    very near Pittsburgh. Glad to hear Clay was very happy to be there and always eager to go back!

  2. Thank you for sharing all the pictures. It was a great review. Wish I was there. Thank you CANN.

  3. Love all the pictures of OMC doing what he does best! Clay is a natural on stage, he belongs on stage! Thank you, Sharon Eberson for the great review! Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

  4. Wish I would have been there to watch & celebrate Clay. I, too, grew up just outside of Pittsburgh. Sure don’t miss those hills when the snow flies! Love all the photos you have posted.

  5. Thanks for stopping by. It is nice that there are great pictures. I didn’t get to go to this event either.

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