I wrote this blog when Clay and Ruben were opening up their ticket office and ready to give everyone a wonderful show. I think the excitement is fun to see so…..Excuse the repeat…..I think it is fun! Maybe Christmas in November is … Continue ...
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Clay Aiken – It’s A Fabulous Day

I wrote this blog when Clay and Ruben were opening up their ticket office and ready to give everyone a wonderful show. I think the excitement is fun to see so…..Excuse the repeat…..I think it is fun!

Maybe Christmas in November is the Best!!

Monday…WOW!  It was a fabulous day for fans of Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard!

Monday was the official opening of the Imperial Theater Box Office for The Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show, Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion!

There was Clay, Ruben, free food, Posters, tree ornaments…..and lots of people!

At 5:00pm, Clay and Ruben traveled to The Shops at Columbus Circle for its third year of Broadway Under the Stars. Ruben and Clay were interviewed and sang three songs from the Christmas Show!  The area was filled with people and, according to those in attendance, the audience loved Clay and Ruben.

Today, I am adding two videos to this article.  The first one is Clay singing at Broadway Under The Stars.  The other video is a great  interview  from Access.

Enjoy!!

 
 

What a fun day!!

PS: I am on my way to New York for a few days. Unfortunately, I will not be able to write blogs while I am away. I will be back on Sunday. Maybe you all can think of some information for blogs you would like to see. Just let me know and will try to get some done!

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Clay Aiken – Birthday Greetings

Dear Clay – – –

Thinking of you with love on your birthday

and

wishing you everything that brings you

happiness


today and always!

In the past few years, Clay Aiken has been very busy on his birthdays.  In 2004, Clay  helped Light Up the Rockefeller Christmas tree. 

In 2006, Clay gave Lynda Loveland a tour of his new home in North Carolina………well, at least the tour was on TV… on his birthday.  For two of Clay’s birthdays, he was performing on tour.  In 2007, Clay performed in Kalamazoo, MI and in 2005, he performed The Joyful Noise Tour in Reading, PA

The audience in Reading was ready to party  with Clay in 2005.  The audience had paper birthday hats, glow sticks and even gave Clay a huge “pointy hat” that was signed by some fans. 

I wish I could find a video of the “pointy Hat” concert. Instead…………

The following is a video from the American Idol Christmas TV show!

 

Happy Birthday, Clay!

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Clay Aiken – A Symbol of The Holiday Season

Two years ago, the Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show posted the following tweet:

We’ve been rockin’ around the Christmas tree from the time we were just #SantaBabies.

How fun to see Clay and Ruben as toddlers.  Heh, Clay…love those overalls!

There is nothing that symbolizes the commencement of the holiday season more than the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The Ceremony is always a fun event full of pomp and celebrities.

This year, on Wednesday, December 1st, New York will celebrate the Annual Lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree.  This year’s tree is a 79-foot tall.

According to Rockefeller Center:

As for the tree, it has more than 50,000 — some 5 miles — of multicolored LED lights. It is topped with a newly designed Swarovski-crystal star that has 3 million crystals, 70 glass spikes and a brightness of 106,000 lumens.

WOW!

On November 30, 2004, Clay Aiken was part of the star-studded hour-long special on NBC celebrating the lighting the world’s most famous tree.

Co-hosts for the evening were Al Roker and Nancy O’Dell. Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes skated to Vanessa Williams who sang “Silver and Gold.”

Besides Clay, the musical lineup for the special included performances by Hilary Duff, Kenny Chesney, Tony Bennett, Jessica Simpson, Nick Lachey, Chris Isaak, Michael Buble, Vanessa Williams, and The Radio City Rockettes. Chicago was the special house band for national telecasts.

Clay was dressed for cold weather in an overcoat, striped scarf and a black hat. Clay sang “Winter Wonderland” during the National broadcast, and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful” during the earlier hour broadcast that was only shown in New York.

At the beginning of Clay’s live segment during the National Broadcast, the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to Clay, as it was his 26th birthday. Towards the end of the show, Clay joined the line of guests, as they closed the show by singing the song, “Let It Snow.”

Clay Aiken fans were excited to see Clay as a part of this exciting evening. It was an excellent opportunity to be seen and for people to be introduced to Clay’s Christmas album. “Merry Christmas With Love.”

I was not able to post the videos of Clay at Rockefeller…so sorry….

So…the following is a fun duet with Clay and Ruben. It’s really fun!

 

Have you ever seen the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree in person?

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Sunday In The Park With George!!

Sunday In The Park With George is a Broadway musical written by the talented Stephen Sondheim.

Inspired by the painting,  A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Sunday in the Park with George, merges past and present into beautiful, poignant truths about life, love and the creation of art.

The Broadway production of the show opened in 1984.  The musical won the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, two Tony Awards, and many Drama Desk Awards.

I have to admit that I have never seen the live show, but I have heard the music many times.  My favorite recording is the original Broadway production starring Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters.  The orchestration is absolutely beautiful!

I was very sad when I heard that Stephen Sondheim passed away. Every bit of his words and music are beautiful.

I checked for a video of Clay Aiken singing a song by Sondheim but I was not able to find any. I hope Clay will choose to sing Sondheim soon!

Variety posted the following about Sondheim and his music:

…Sondheim racked up seven Tony awards over his career, plus an honorary Tony celebrating his lifetime achievements in 2008. With 19 major musicals and hundreds of songs, it’s nearly impossible to narrow down his impressive repertoire into a brief list… 

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Clay sang some beautiful Broadway songs when he performed at Bringing Broadway Home.

This event was a benefit concert to celebrate 27 seasons of Broadway at the North Carolina Theater. Lauren Kennedy, Terrance Mann, Sharon Lawrence, and Quiana Parler joined Clay on stage for this remarkable concert. Each artist had performed with the North Carolina Theatre in previous seasons.

Clay opened the concert with “Home” from The Wiz. It was so appropriate because this show was all about the homegrown talent from Raleigh. Clay also sang Mack The Knife, What Kind of Fool Am I, This is the Moment, and Those Magic Changes. He also sang duets with Quiana and Lauren. One of the highlights of the evening was Imagine by John Lennon. The entire ensemble joined together in an amazing performance of the wonderful song.

From all the reviews, the program was amazing and each singer brought so much to the stage.

Did you get to attend this concert? This was one that I didn’t get to attend and I am so sorry. I know I would have enjoyed it. Thank goodness for CLACK!!

 

When Clay sings this song, it is so beautiful!

And Clay…..sing a Sondheim song for us too!

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Clay Aiken – Did You Watch?

Did you watch Clay Aiken In American Idol – season 2

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Today, we are looking back many years!!  Oh,MY!!

Season II of American Idol was unique in many ways.  The season introduced the “wildcard”, a top 12, fabulous group performances, great contestant commercials, and an hour show in the middle of the season called “Halfway Home.”

“Halfway Home” was an hour long special hosted by Ryan Seacrest.  The judges stayed away and the entire show was a showcase of the remaining American Idol musicians.

Each contestant had their own segment.  There was a video montage, an interview with Ryan, and a performance of one of their favorite songs from the previous weeks.

The last contestant of the evening was Clay Aiken.  Again, the make-over was the first thing that Ryan brought up and showed in the video clips.   Clay said that the changes were just hair and glasses and he was the same young man.

After a discussion of what Clay was doing before American Idol, Ryan asked Clay if his life was going in the right direction.  Clay’s response was that he loved working with children with special needs and that is where his heart remains.  However, he had already learned how much influence celebrity brings to his projects.  Clay told us that he had learned that the YMCA and Autism Society in Raleigh had been receiving donations from fans all over the country.  He graciously thanked his fans and seemed amazed that this was happening.

Clay sang “Somewhere Out There” and it was an even better performance than the first time he sang it.  His performance seemed to light up the stage.

The following video shows how relaxed Clay was on this night and how extraordinary his voice was. It includes the  Interview & Performance of Somewhere Out There  from the Halfway Home Special, American Idol Season 2 (includes a portion of the interview that was not aired).

Thank you, SiouxRoux for the great video!

 

I loved the relaxed way Clay seemed to be this night!

No judges!!!

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