Bringing Broadway Home

June 21, 2010 "Bringing Broadway Home"

This special benefit concert for the North Carolina Theatre featured five local alumni of its productions over the years. Clay was joined by Terrence Mann, star of many Broadway productions including 'Cats' and 'Les Miserables'. Also on stage were Broadway vets Lauren Kennedy and Sharon Lawrence. The fifth performer was Quiana Parler, well known club performer in the area and regular backup singer for Clay, who had gotten rave reviews for her first musical, playing 'Effie' in the NCT production of 'Dream Girls'.

A simple staging of five comfortable chairs allowed the performers to chat between songs, sharing their experiences with the NCT.

A mix of solos, duets, trios and group numbers entertained the appreciative audience!

June 17, 2010

While on his round of local promotion for "Bringing Broadway Home", the benefit concert for the North Carolina Theatre, Clay spoke briefly with Channel 10 outside. He told about his first exposure to musicals, a touring production of 'Big River', the stage version of the Huck Finn story. He said it was the first time he realized that you could sing and actually be paid! That seems to be working out quite well for grown-up Clay.

June 20, 2010
Clay & fellow performer Lauren Kennedy appeared on ABC11's "Heart of Carolina Perspectives" program to promote "Bringing Broadway Home". They shared the background of each of the five performers and their connection to NCT.

The host surprised Clay by having a list of the roles he had performed while a teen working with the group. In 'Shenandoah, he died on stage. In 'Annie', he was an apple seller. His first production was '1776' in which he was directed by Terrence Mann, Broadway star and co-performer in the special. He had one line. After delivering it the first time, Mann told him to 'stop acting'! Not quit theatre, just don't over-act.

June 29/10 "Bringing Broadway Home" Review

Robert W. McDowell posted a review of the North Carolina Theatre benefit concert at the 'Triangle Arts & Entertainment' website.

"Last Monday night, the North Carolina Theatre, whose gala home-grown productions of big Broadway musicals compare favorably with many of the bus-and-truck tours that play the Triangle, staged  BRINGING BROADWAY HOME: CELEBRATING 27 SEASONS OF BROADWAY, a spectacular benefit concert last Monday night, featuring effervescent performances by NCT alumni Clay Aiken, Lauren Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Terrence Mann, and Quiana Parler and a splendid orchestra led by frequent NCT musical director and conductor Edward G. Robinson."

Check out the full review at