By this point, there have been so many American Idols that most of us are probably having a little trouble keeping track of what they’ve all been up to lately. Sure, we’re all pretty up on what’s going on in the worlds of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson; but for every star the show has made (even if they haven’t actually won their particular season), it’s also made a whooooooole bunch of duds.
The rest of them do still pop up on occasion, though, just to remind us that they’re still around—but I’m willing to bet that none of them have ever done it quite as spectacularly as season two’s runner up, Clay Aiken. Because LOOK AT THAT PICTURE. Just LOOK at it!
Clay, you see, is currently starring in a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the little seaside town of Ogunquit, ME. There’s a long history of former pop idols slipping on Joseph’s titular coat—previous Josephs include Donny Osmond and David Cassidy, for instance—so maybe it’s not surprising that someone like Clay would end up headlining in it; indeed, during his time on Idol, Clay was known for his Broadway-esque style and later actually appeared on the Great White Way in Spamalot. That’s not stopping me from alternately giggling and groaning over it, though, and I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one.
Fun fact: My parents (who, generally, are super hip) actually saw this production last weekend. Unsurprisingly, their verdict was that although Clay can’t really act, he does still have a decent set of pipes on him. They neglected, however, to inform me of exactly how ridiculous he looks in it. Seriously—how could you NOT share that?! I can only assume that he looked a little less ridiculous in person, because let’s face it: Posters of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals aren’t known for their subtlety. Or something.
Anyhoo, if you’re interested in seeing it, Joseph will be playing through August 25; the Ogunquit Playhouse is pretty widely respected, so even if, like me, you’re not a big Clay fan, the shows are usually quite good and pretty much always a lot of fun. For more info, visit the theatre’s website at www.ogunquitplayhouse.org. You can also hear Clay sound off about his experience performing in the show over at the Portland Press Herald.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.