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Clay Aiken to Play Joseph in Bible-based Play

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Photo Courtesy of Ogunquit Playhouse press release

American Idol alum Clay Aiken will be playing Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel in the Bible, in a local production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The musical is based on Joseph's journey from the bottom of a pit to an Egyptian Palace. Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse released pictures of Aiken in a rainbow colored robe and long curly hair.

Aiken told Portland Press Herald he accepted the part because "I grew up as a teenager listening to this music. I remember listening to it on a CD Walkman, so there's a little history for me with it."

The play's popular songs include “Go, Go, Go Joseph” and “Any Dream Will Do".

Aiken made waves as a contestant on American Idol in 2003. Although Aiken came in second to winner Ruben Studdard, his 2004 Christmas album Merry Christmas With Love topped Christian music charts and went platinum. Several of Aiken's other albums have debuted in the top five on the Billboard Chart.

He also garnered broad critical acclaim for his Broadway debut as Sir Robin in the Tony Award-winning production of Spamalot in 2008 and 2009 and recently played Man in Chair in the North Carolina Theatre production of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Aiken came out as a homosexual after he became a father to son Parker in 2008. The singer told People Magazine of his decision to publicly proclaim his sexual preference "It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that."

Ogunquit Playhouse's version of the musical will run through Aug. 25.

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