Clay Aiken joining the Broadway cast of Monty Python’s Spamalot

American Idol 2 runner-up Clay Aiken will soon join season three winner Fantasia and other show alumni on Broadway, as he will star in Monty Python’s Spamalot. His run as Sir Robin begins Jan. 18 and ends May 4.

“Aiken will be making his Broadway debut in the role originated on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce,” Playbill reports. The play, which won a Tony for best musical in 2005, “tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table on their quest from God for the Holy Grail — with a short stop in the dazzling Spam-filled land of Camelot.”

Mike Nichols, the play’s director, said in a press release, “Clay Aiken is amazing beyond that glorious voice. Turns out he is an excellent comic actor and a master of character. People will be surprised by his wide ranging talent, since the first impression is of great country charm and a singer to remember. This guy is not only a star, he is a lot more. We are lucky to get him for Spamalot.”

The musical is performed at the Shubert Theatre, and is currently performed Tuesdays through Sundays.

Clay Aiken to Make Broadway Debut in Monty Python’s Spamalot [Playbill]
Monty Python’s Spamalot

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