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Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'

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Clay Aiken returned to the scene of his triumphant Broadway debut Friday September 19th as he reprised the role of 'Sir Robin' in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Monty Python's Spamalot. Clay's debut on Broadway earlier this year was met with wild enthusiasm from both his legion of fans and the New York press. He'll be performing the role of  'Sir Robin ' at the Shubert Theatre from September 19 2008 - January 4 2009. BroadwayWorld.com made sure our camera was there as he made his return to the New York stage!

When he made his Broadway debut in Monty Python's Spamalot at the beginning of this year, Newsday said "Aiken is a charmer" and the Associated Press said that "Clay Aiken deftly handles supremely silly."

Clay Aiken became a music superstar following his success on the "American Idol" television series, and has sold more than six million albums; co-authored a best-selling book; and, played six sold-out concert tours, said "Since leaving Spamalot in May, jokes have just not been funny. Food has lost its taste. The grass is no longer green -- the sky no longer blue. And, babies WON'T stop crying!! I'm so excited about coming back to the funniest show in the world!"

This spring, Aiken released his fourth album, On My Way Here, his first album of original songs since his 2003 chart topping, double platinum debut Measure of a Man. On My Way Here's debut in Billboard Magazine's Top 5 continued his streak of all four of his albums having debuted in the Top 5.

Directed by Mike Nichols, who won his eighth Tony Award for his direction of the new musical, Monty Python's Spamalot has a book by Eric Idle, "lovingly ripped-off" from the screenplay of the Pythons' best- loved film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. The music is by Eric Idle and John Du Prez.

Tickets are available online now at telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200/(800) 432-7250.

Other members of the Monty Python's Spamalot creative team include Casey Nicholaw (choreography), multiple Olivier Award-winners Tim Hatley (sets and costumes) and Hugh Vanstone (lighting) and Acme Sound Partners.

Winning more awards than any other show in the 2005 Broadway Season, including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Cast Recording, Monty Python's Spamalot has set box office records since opening on Broadway to critical acclaim in March, 2005 at the flagship Shubert Theatre.

Monty Python's Spamalot is currently running in London's West End at the Palace Theatre and is also on National Tour around the US. Monty Python's SPAMALOT is produced by Boyett Ostar Productions, The Shubert Organization, Arielle Tepper, Stephanie McClelland/Lawrence Horowitz, Elan V. McAllister/Allan S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network, Roy Furman, GRS Associates, Jam Theatricals, TGA Entertainment and Live Nation.

For more information on Monty Spamalot, please visit: www.montypythonsspamalot.com

Photo Credit Pablo Pimienta

 

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The Sam S. Shubert Theater

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Monty Python's Spamalot now stars Michael Siberry, Merle Dandridge and Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The lovely ladies of Monty Python's Spamalot

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
 Monty Python's Spamalot Male Ensemble takes a bow

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The manly men of Monty Python's Spamalot

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
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Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Bradley Dean

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
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Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Tom Deckman

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The cast of Monty Python's Spamalot

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The cast of Monty Python's Spamalot

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken, Michael Siberry, Merle Dandridge and Rick Holmes

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken, Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken, Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Michael Siberry and Merle Dandridge

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Tom Deckman

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Rick Holmes

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
Clay Aiken and Michael Siberry

Photo Coverage: Clay Aiken Returns to 'Monty Python's Spamalot'
The cast of Monty Python's Spamalot poses backstage

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Pablo Pimienta Born and raised in Miami Florida, Pablo's interest in photography began when he was in his early 20's. What started out as a hobby soon blossomed into a great passion. A fan of the theater since his youth, it was a viewing of "Les Miserables" that first introduced him to Broadway. A desire to combine his love of theater and photojournalism finally brought him to New York City in the summer of 2008. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Monica.