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Clay Aiken – Hopelessly Devoted

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There is a new TV interview with Clay about Grease.  It is lots of fun.  

You can see the entire video HERE

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Monday, June 10th was an exciting day for fans of Clay Aiken.  After the opening  of the show, the professional theater critics published their opinions.

First, we got an article from the Pittsburgh City Paper

American Idol alum Clay Aiken dazzles in Pittsburgh CLO’s Grease

by Lisa Cunningham

Photo: Matt Polk

As “Teen Angel” in the Pittsburgh CLO’s production of Grease, Clay Aiken is only on stage for about five minutes. Those five minutes, however, are fab-u-lous.

If there were any doubt that the American Idol alumnus is still popular, one only needed to listen to the thunderous applause and squeals erupting throughout the Benedum Center on opening night as Aiken sang “Beauty School Dropout” in silver platform shoes, a sparkling pink suit, and Beethoven-like wig.

Remember those years between Aiken becoming runner-up on American Idol and appearing on the cover of People magazine declaring “Yes, I’m gay” when people still wondered about his sexuality? Me either. 2019 Clay Aiken is G-A-Y. And he embraces it, like an over-sized Martin Short in drag; his theatrics on point, and his voice booming. This Clay Aiken would have won American Idol

If you would like to read the entire article, you can find it HERE

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Next, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette posted a fun review:

Reviews: From the chilling future of ‘Marjorie Prime’ to the nostalgia of ‘Grease’

by Sharon Eberson

Pittsburgh CLO’s ‘Grease’

Let’s start by saying Clay Aiken in a pink-sequined suit is everything fun and fanciful about “Grease,” and his voice takes “Beauty School Dropout” to glorious heights.

It’s a world where Clay Aiken can play the same role — Teen Angel — also portrayed by Billy Porter on Broadway and Frankie Avalon on film, and Aiken plays it to the hilt, even getting a lift from a shirtless trio of chorus men.

Now that I’ve fanned myself, this Pittsburgh CLO “Grease” is a hybrid of the Broadway play and the movie — it uses the music created just for the film, opening with the title song and including “You’re the One That I Want” and “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”…

…The energy level is high, but there’s no question it steps up a notch when Clay Aiken struts out in the second act and gives Pittsburgh a taste of why his Claymates are hopelessly devoted to the former American Idol…

If you want to read the entire article, you can see it at Gazette

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Broadway World posted a short bit of news about Grease and also posted a short video of the show.  Clay is in the video but only for a moment,  I do hope you will check it out.

VIDEO: Clay Aiken, Zach Adkins, Jackie Burns and More Star In GREASE at Pittsburgh CLO

Pittsburgh CLO will fill the Benedum Center with the sock-hop sounds of the original high school musical, GREASE, June 7 – 16. Check out video of the production below!

Superstar of stage and silver screen and American Idol favorite Clay Aiken stars as Teen Angel, with former ‘Wicked’ star Jackie Burns as Rizzo, Anastasia’s Zach Adkins as Danny Zuko, and RISE star Damon J. Gilllespie as Doody!

Since making its Broadway debut in 1972, Grease, the story of innocent, lovesick Sandy and bad-boy Danny attempting to rekindle a summer romance, has been captivating audiences of all generations. Take a rock ‘n’ roll trip back to the 1950s with electrifying choreography and unforgettable hits from the iconic movie including: “You’re The One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin'” and many more.

You can see the article at Broadway World

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I loved reading the tweet to the City Paper from the Pittsburgh CLO

Thanks, – we think is pretty dazzling, too!

I wish I had more pictures to post, but I could not find any new ones. Hopefully there will be more news and pictures…soon!

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I was sorry that I could not post these new articles on Monday.  However, because of crazy weather, I was stuck at school all day.  Today, I will be here to post news on time!

Did you watch the video?

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