Aiken to Join 'Spamalot' Cast on Broadway

Posted October 16, 2007

— From "American Idol" to Eric Idle's "Spamalot."

Raleigh's own Clay Aiken will join the Broadway cast of "Monty Python's Spamalot" on Jan. 18, playing Sir Robin the Chicken-Hearted in the Tony Award-winning musical directed by Mike Nichols.

"I really couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of people to work with," said Aiken, who jumped from a job at a Raleigh YMCA into a recording career after his appearances on the TV series "American Idol."

"Let's not lie, the chance to work with legendary creative minds like Mike Nichols and Eric Idle is, on its own, a reason to jump at this opportunity," Aiken said.

Aiken will appear in the show, which is based on the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," through May 4.

"Clay Aiken is amazing beyond that glorious voice," Nichols said. "Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character."


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  • zngcat369 Oct 17, 2007

    One has nothing to do with the other.

    Gandolf, by your own logic I should NOT be proud of our military, as I had nothing to do with the decision of any current soldier to join the military or the quality of their work. Believe me, I appreciate what they do very much.

  • fury54 Oct 17, 2007

    Gandalf.. I agree with you. I have no reason to feel "proud" of Clay, Fantasia, or any other celebrity from NC. I congratulate them on their success, but that's as far as it goes. I would put those military personnel, who have in the past and continue to defend this country, up on a pedestal before any entertainer.

  • Gandalf The White Oct 17, 2007

    ‘We "all" should be very proud.’

    Give me a break. I could give a rats behind what Clay or Fantasia are doing. Why should I be proud of them? I had nothing to do with them before they became “famous” and I for sure have nothing to do with them now. As far as them being successful more power to them. But until their success some how affects me or makes a difference in our communities I could care less what play, musical or fruit loop factory they are performing in.

    You want to be proud of North Carolinians, try being proud of the men and women who unselfishly defend our communities and country everyday. But unlike your hero worship of some musical talent those people don’t do it for your gratification. They do it to serve, to protect, for duty, honor and love of country. You might be amazed when your priorities are actually in the right direction the reaction you would get when you thank one of them. And they won’t even think you’re after a autograph.

  • dohicky Oct 17, 2007

    Don't keep up with this stuff but tired of hearing the 'gay' thing come up when Clay gets any publicity! If he is or isn't shouldn't matter to anyone. Do 'straight' people go around yelling 'I'm straight and I want everyone to know it!' That is a personal thing. Maybe it is because so many 'straight' people run around on their spouses, live together before marriage or are promiscuous and proud of it all feel that 'gay' are like that in their circles. Glad most gay people keep their intimate and personal life to themselves - we all should. Clay seems to be a genuine caring person and that is all anyone needs to know about him.

  • zngcat369 Oct 17, 2007

    Good for him! I'm already planning my trip to NY. :-)

  • Nope Oct 17, 2007

    He should be playing the part of prince herbert.

  • Wifeandkids Oct 16, 2007

    Wish I could go see this musical. I'm sure Clay will be wonderful in it.

  • nobstoday32 Oct 16, 2007

    Sounds like a great time to stay out of NY.

  • nobstoday32 Oct 16, 2007

    What is he trying to do to the microphone in the picture, looks strange

  • drnc Oct 16, 2007

    "The role he was born to play," says Bubba Dixon of Penny Shopper.