Clay Aiken & Ruben Studdard

Complete cast announced for Ruben and Clay’s Christmas Show

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken join forces for their first Christmas show together.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Holidays are coming! The complete cast and creative team for Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show (aka Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show) has now been announced. The hotly-anticipated festive production will run for a limited engagement from December 7 to 30, 2018, at Broadway's Imperial Theatre, with an official opening on December 11.

Led by Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, performing together for the first time since the pair appeared on "American Idol" in 2003, Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show will also feature Farah Alvin, Ken Arpino, Julian Diaz-Granados, La'Nette Wallace, and Khaila Wilcoxon.

Clay Aiken is the first recording artist to have his first single debut at the top spot on the Billboard charts. Aiken returns to Broadway, after performing in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre, playing Sir Robin.

Ruben Studdard will make his Broadway debut in Ruben & Clay's Christmas Show. Previous performing credits include a 2008 tour of Ain't Misbehavin' as Fats Waller, as well as a national tour of Ruben Sings Luther, where he sang the songs of music icon Luther Vandross.

Jonathan Tessero will direct the production, with musical staging by Lisa Shriver and music direction from Ben Cohn. The creative team also includes scenic design by Rob Bissinger, lighting design by Paul Miller, costume design by James Brown III, sound design by Bruce Landon Yauger and projection design by Jason Lee Courson.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Inclusion Project, an initiative which supports children with disabilities so all children can "laugh, learn and play together".

Synopsis: "A family affair, 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. 

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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