Julia Russell Photography/Ogunquit Playhouse
Clay Aiken is showing off his colorful side in a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's biblical musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
In a photo released by the Ogunquit Playhouse, a local theater in Maine, Aiken is seen as the title character with long wavy hair falling below his shoulders (please be a wig!). He wears a coat that lives up to its name, a patchwork of rainbow hues with black and gold detailing. All this is set against a heavenly blue backdrop.
"This is a show that I have known for years," Aiken recently told the Portland Press Herald newspaper . "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."
This isn't Aiken's first foray into musical theater.
He appeared as Sir Robin in Spamalot on Broadway in 2008.
Joseph is based on the coat of many colors story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis. It garnered six Tony Awards nominations after it opened on Broadway in 1982.
Aiken, 34, came in second on season two of American Idol in 2003. He has released four studio albums since then as well as two holiday collections. He had guest roles on Scrubs, Drop Dead Diva, 30 Rock and competed in the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice.