- From linlas at The Clayboard:
from Susan DavisThis is great to hear! Not only is that a great place for advertisement of On My Way Here, but its being advertised to people who are enjoying Clay in Spamalot and may just go out and buy the CD.
Full page ad for OMWH in the Playbill
Not everyone has it in there Playbill ....in her group of five, she is the only one that got it.....the Playbill is color....She said the ad is fabulous..........has a pic, says now staring in Spamalot on Broadway...........
- Linlas gives us a funny story from Spamalot:
They're playing Invisible in the Shubert Lobby right now!!!
susandavis just called again, she said there is no hint of why no stage door, other than they said he wasn't feeling well.......but she does have a cute story to tell....
they ate at Angus McIndoe's and the waiter asked what they had seen, they replied "Spamalot"...........and he said, "How was Clay?"
and then went on to say.......
"I'll tell you a cute story about Clay.....
He said he was walking to work one day and ran into Clay in Shubert Alley....going back and forth, back and forth, finally Clay stopped him and said, "can you tell me where ........the STAGE DooR is????" He said it was his first day and he couldn't find the stage door.....or what a difference a few months makes!!!!!
- From Tiggy52winkle (all fan reports are from The Clayboard):
Got a very excited phone call from ClaysFayevorite and Irishbookgal at intermission. They hadn't seen the show since opening weekend and it was so much fun to hear them raving about Clay's performance. They said they thought the audience was mostly NJUs and they were giving applause to the whole cast not really squealing when Clay appeared. They heard some people around them saying that they were surprised that Clay was in the show. Someone said they remembered him from AI. Another person told them how many parts Clay plays in the show and the person couldn't believe it and thought some of them must be recorded. They sure don't know our Clay and his superior multi-tasking abilities! LOL! The orchestra looked full and the mezzanine is FULL of men! She said you could count the few women who were up there. Clay did the line about the 5 oz. bird not being able to carry a 1 lb. coconut in a sing song voice that was so cute. Such a difference from the first shows that they remember. Sue kept saying how different everything was, that opening weekend you could almost see the wheels turning when he was trying to remember everything but now he just does it and OWNS the part. He gave a big deep knee bend when he looked under the gal's skirt! He slapped his butt so hard in the Camelot scene that they heard it all the way up in the mezzanine!!! They loved the part where Clay touches the big wooden rabbit and bends and makes over it and were so impressed with the facial expressions that he is using. She thought that Gallahad was very good and enunciated very well. Clay is screaming much louder in the "Run Away" scence than they remembered. Irishbookgal got on the phone briefly to gush but she said she thinks she's in the Aiken fog! Bless their hearts! They were in the mezzanine today....tonight the front row will kill them for sure! She'll call after the show so stay tuned....
- And here's an after show report relayed from Tiggy52winkle:
Okay, here are details from after the show from ClaysFayevorite (sorry the recaps are close together; I had to get home from the mall to post the intermission report and she called not long after I got in the door with the next report. She will be calling me again tonight at intermission and after the show and tomorrow as well) I think CF was even more wound up with this call! She said they were laughing at her coming out of the show because she was scribbling notes. Gotta remember all the DETAILS!!!
Anyway, Clay was JUST AMAZING!!! They just can't believe how much he has changed his roles from that first weekend. She's glad that they have the matinee to compare the evening performance to. It just flies by and you can't take everything in. You have to see it more than once. She thought in the first shows that when Clay was talking to Tim the Enchanter about his name being scary, that he did so more fearfully. Now he says it making fun of Tim and laughing more. The "soiling of the pants" really made an impression! He grabbed his butt and turned and looked at the audience and turned back around so that there was no doubt in anyone's mind what he had done. (just in case they were thinking, Did he just mess his pants???) Too funny! Again she mentioned that they heard that butt slap in the Camelot scene all the way up into the mezzanine. She thinks a couple of times she might have let out a quiet OMG!!! She liked the slo-mo horse but wait till she sees it from the front row tonight! Can't wait to hear her take on it as opposed to this afternoon from the mezzanine. It really is KILLER when he's right in your face with that tunic riding up his gorgeous thighs! Gahhhhhhh!!!! She loved how he is kind of cheering for himself and drinking in the audience's applause after his big number. It really is so cute and something he's just put in lately. Hey, CF, it happens to the best of us!!! He did a MAJOR tunic flip before sitting down at the piano and all she could see was his butt (seems to be a theme now, doesn't it??? We know where CF was lookin'!)
The guard scene was wonderful and the expressions Clay uses....he is just so into his roles. She loved how he really laughs hysterically about thinking Herbert's father meant that he should guard the other guard. (Clay's laugh really is contagiouns and it just makes you laugh harder because he is) The cow landed right on Patsy and he only had to make a minor adjustment. She misses hearing Patsy say, "That's my favorite part" after Arthur brandishes Excaliber. She didn't realize that that has been out for quite some time now. I miss that, too! Clay didn't do anything special at the end and didn't seem as bouncy as he has been. The barricades were up outside but kind of jutting out, not in the formation they usually are and there were 2 cars parked in Schubert Alley as well. No stage door this afternoon for whatever reason.
- Here's some great news from Zippy 888 (LUCKY ZIPPY!!):
I'm back from the matinee show this afternoon for a bit. Want to know what happened? I caught the bridal bouquet! Catching the bouquet was the last thing on my mind, functioning with only less than 3 hours of sleep! It went straight up into the ceiling and came right down into my hands! I squealed and screamed with delight amidst crowd cheers and applause. I waved the bouquet at Hannah during the ALOTBSOL sing-a-long and she did a finger wave back at me and acknowledged my bouquet wave. I saw Clay smile when I was waving the bouquet in the air!!
In summary, I haven't seen Clay for a month and already he's spicing things up and making it fresh for all of us. Slo-Mo - was done really low with lots of tongue. Tunic was flipped real high that led to lots of screams from Clayfans. The drunken guard scene was so good! He has such good comedic timing. For me, Clay in the YWSIB song - he's perfected it! I love it when he says "Papa, can you hear me!?!" Then, he breaks out into the brightest, most brilliant smile ever! His stomping during the song just adds excitement to the whole thing.
Barricades were up and then came down. Security said Clay wasn't coming out. Too bad. It was quite windy out this afternoon.
- From Martyalice:
If you have not been to Spamalot yet, prepare to laugh your head off. I felt sorry for the Claymate next to me because I giggled with laughter through the whole thing.
Clay is sooooo adorable and as many have said he just lights up the stage. Tom is super in his part as well and for that matter the entire cast does a terrific job. I was in the third row and enjoyed the up close and personal feeling next to the players. I did get one of the lucky playbills with the picture promo on the new CD. I am going again tomorrow and cant wait to see it again. The music, the comedy, the cast makes for such an enjoyable experience....never boring that's for sure. One funny thing happened, I was sitting in my seat and a lady came and sat down next to me. We both looked at each other and said "I think I know you". It turns out we live very close to each other in California and had been to many of the same Clay related events. What a small world; I really enjoyed sharing the show with her...nothing like a fellow enthusiast to make you feel at home. Clay was flipping that tunic around pretty good tonight...oh yeah!! No signing after the matinee tho, boo hoo, maybe tomorrow.
- Another short report from Tiggy52Winkle:
Yes!!! Stage door tonight!!! Very chatting, asking people their names and and telling people it was nice to meet them!!! More to follow but it will take me a while to type out the conversation I just had with IBG and CF. Wanted to let you know right away that our man was happy and the crowd outside was large tonight!
And now for a few pictures from the stage door: