American Idol fans should look to Broadway this holiday season to see two of their favorite, all-time champions reunite for Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show. The popular reality TV show’s 2003 winner Ruben Studdard, and its runner-up Clay Aiken will come together for the first time since 2003 for this limited engagement that will play Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.
Studdard offered these thoughts about the upcoming show: “Christmas is about family, friends, and fun. Clay and I can’t wait to bring all those things together on Broadway this December!”
Aiken added, “There are really only two things that could get me back on stage after taking a break for over five years: my buddy, Ruben, and Christmas! It’s been 15 years since he beat me on Idol, and it’s taken an entire decade and a half for me to lick my wounds. But the holidays are about togetherness, so now that he is older and I am wiser, I can think of no better way to celebrate 15 years of friendship than by spending this holiday season together on Broadway.”
“The spectacular will see Ruben and Clay journey through a fusion of holiday music and entertainment featuring lighthearted comedy, astounding versatility and, as always, Ruben and Clay’s magnetic stage presence. American Idol’s fan favorite odd couple will give fans the reunion they have been asking for when the duo takes to the stage for this limited engagement holiday event. The extravaganza marks the first time Ruben and Clay have performed together on a national stage since their dramatic finale in 2003. In true holiday spirit, the duo also aims to give back with tickets benefiting the National Inclusion Project, the leading voice for the inclusion of children with disabilities.”
Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show will begin performances on December 7, 2018, and play a limited engagement that concludes on December 30, 2018. The show is produced by Jeffrey Chrzczon, Side Effects Include, and Josh Pultz/Amplified Entertainment.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.