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Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard

American Idol favorites Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken to reunite for Holiday Show on Broadway

Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show will play Broadway's Imperial Theatre from December 7 to 30, 2018.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Feeling the Holiday spirit yet? "American Idol" favorites Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard are set to reunite on stage for the first time since 2003 with a special Holiday engagement by the name of Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show (aka Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show). The limited run will begin performances at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway on December 7, 2018, ahead of an official opening on December 11, and close on December 30, 2018.

Ruben Studdard released a statement saying: "Christmas is about family, friends and fun. Clay and I can't wait to bring all those things together on Broadway this December!" 

Clay 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."

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard rose to fame as contestants on season two of "American Idol" back in 2003, concluding the series as the two finalists with Ruben crowned the winner over runner-up Clay. Since then, both artists have released a total of seven studio albums each. On stage, Mr. Aiken previously made his Broadway debut as Sir Robin in Monty Python's Spamalot in 2008 and Mr. Studdard previously played the role of Fats Waller in a National Tour revival of Ain't Misbehavin'.

Featuring everyone's favorite Christmas songs, performed by two of America's most beloved music icons, sprinkled with hilarious scenes and sketches and a live band, Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show promises something for the entire family.

Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Chrzczon, Side Effects Include, and Josh Pultz/Amplified Entertainment.

Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show Tickets are available now for performances from December 7 through to December 30, 2018.

(Photo by Mark Hill​)

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