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New York | 2h 0m | Ends Dec 30

Ruben & Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show

From 7 critic and 55 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny

About the show

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are reuniting live on Broadway — to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of their record-setting “American Idol” finale with a Christmas spectacular full of theatrics, music, and laughter. More…

Enjoy an evening of holiday classics as they unwrap some of their old time favorites and some newfound gems. A night of songs and sketches harkening back to the days of Dean Martin, Andy Williams, and Carol Burnett.

2h 0m | Ends Dec 30 | Imperial Theatre (Midtown W)

DC Metro Theater Arts

“A new holiday show for all ages...Features a fast-paced selection of seasonal songs, silly skits, and...their tongue-in-cheek rivalry, along with a serious message about finding the true meaning of the yuletide spirit in hope, love, friendship, and giving...Presented in the format of an old-fashioned TV variety show, with vintage-style humor and pop-culture references...Though not all of the intended humor hits the mark, there’s a lot of corny laughs and goofy fun." Full Review

The New York Times

"Studdard and Aiken try to upstage each other in a showbiz arms race that’s cheeseball, and very funny...Aiken has an impish mien and a quick wit. Studdard is laid back to the point of impassivity, and his no-presence presence makes his singing all the more stunning...The two stars get solid support from the game cast...Unfortunately, it backloads all the sentimental stuff after intermission, and has a tougher time dealing with the reflective, spiritual side of the holidays." Full Review


"Pads the proceedings with intentionally cheesy sketch comedy, corny banter and, more successfully, thoughtful personal nostalgia...Neither Aiken nor Studdard have anywhere close to the comedic chops needed to pull off something like this...Musically, 'Ruben & Clay' is on surer footing, with Studdard’s silky R&B and gospel takes on the holiday tunes mixing very well with Aiken’s more Broadway-belting style...and the two make for fine carolers (as do their perky back-up revelers)." Full Review

New York Theater

“Like a trip to the moon, since so much of ‘Ruben & Clay’s'...is made of cheese...The two still have strong voices — if anything, their singing has improved. But there is less of it in their show than one might have expected...The singing duties are shared by other cast members, and the music is interspersed with so many lame skits and silly jokes and sentimental videos...It feels like a TV show – one with low ratings in a lesser market.” Full Review

Broadway News

“While Studdard and Aiken still possess impressive voices, they may have been a bit late in sending out invitations to their reunion party...Their comic banter mostly has the strained and saggy feeling of, artificially crafted comic banter...There’s cheesy and there’s cheesy...This show’s relentless barrage of mostly witless badinage and engorging seasonal cheer is enough to send even the most lactose-tolerant fleeing up the aisles.” Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"A reunion for which no one was clamoring...Writers Arpino and Joyce vainly attempt to have their stars (and their five backup singers, who should be earning battle pay for gamely managing to smile throughout) deliver comedy sketches as well as holiday music. But the material is truly cringeworthy...While Aiken has some decent comic chops, Studdard is simply adrift, delivering his lines in a stiff monotone....It's a shame, because both Aiken and Studdard have lovely voices." Full Review

New York Stage Review

"Aiken is the far more animated performer...Studdard seems markedly lower in energy...but his gospel-style baritone vocals remain downy in sound. Their musicianship is more about bravura singing than interpreting the sentiments of songs; they shoot for the big, lasting notes rather than explore any emotional nuances within the lyrics...There tends to be a muchness about such performances when they mostly involve vocal flash while offering scant heart.” Full Review

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see if you love christmas songs

See it if you love Christmas songs or if you're a fan of Ruben and Clay. If you want to get in the Christmas spirit and hear some great singing, go!

Don't see it if you're a Grinch or Scrooge. Otherwise, you can't help but have a good time.

Also I almost skipped this show because of my horrible experience last year... Read more Read less

Funny, Enchanting, Quirky, Great singing, Cheesy

See it if Like a variety show all about Christmas.

Don't see it if Do not like Christmas, hear music about it

Also Went for its a Christmas show for fun. It was fun with singing wonderf... Read more Read less

Cliched, Entertaining, Fun, Cheesy, Fluffy

See it if you want this to be EXACTLY what you’d expect: cheesy, hokey, 70s-variety-show-style holiday corn, featuring the Idol duo America fell for.

Don't see it if you’re expecting a Broadway caliber show. This is like your hometown dinner theater’s lovable if hastily thrown together Christmas pageant.

Also I’m not a fan of Christmas shows in general, so this one actively lamp... Read more Read less

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Put's you in the holiday mode!

See it if I thought it was really cute, they both have amazing voices , i know it was silly but i enjoyed it!

Don't see it if If you do not like comedy mixed with holiday celebration

Indulgent, Disappointing, Slow, Great singing, Goofy

See it if mega Idols fan & up for whopping Xmas schmaltz w/ a few songs very well done. Over 2 hours long, this likely won't satisfy as much as hoped.

Don't see it if seeking a well-paced, -written, or -crafted Xmas show. Act 2 drags w/ long-winded videos for Clay's charity & testimonials by Clay & Ruben.

Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musical reviews and loved these two on American Idol

Don't see it if If you prefer more serious works or musicals with strong stories.

Cliched, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you love American Idol & Christmas

Don't see it if you're looking for any sort of story, content or staging. This show feels like a joke, but I did smile a bunch.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to see 2 great guys with their own special talent-Ruben is his cool laid back self where Clay adds to the energy of the show.

Don't see it if Christmas songs are not your thing-and you are not flexible with silly and want only serious -both will make you smile or tug at your heart

During previews
Funny, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Ruben/Clay or Clay/Ruben..either way the singing was superb especially the solo spots & the end. DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL THE VERY END


During previews
Clever, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if You want to hear great singing and enjoy the holiday spirit and carols. Yes some of it cheesy but it is suppose to be!!!

Don't see it if If you are a Scrooge.

During previews
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Great staging for a cast that provides fun&laughs through Christmas songs & silly jokes. Singing & dancing Clay & Ruben delight in every way

Don't see it if You don't want to have fun & laughter

Also A big hug & thank to Suzzane who gave me her center first row seat whe... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Amazing singing, Lovely christmas music

See it if you want to listen to 2 spectacular stars and 5 amazing singers singing a number of great Christmas songs and share some moving stories.

Don't see it if you expect a Broadway show with constantly moving stage elements! This show only runs for 3 weeks, so prob. no time and money for gadgets.

Also We bought the tickets, then I read some of the negative reviews and wo... Read more Read less

During previews
Heart-warming & feet-stomping / very entertaining, Fast-paced for 2.5hrs / well-done video-projections, Humorous banter (ala 80s-90s holiday tv specials), Some great singing / strong off-stage 5-piece band, Traditional & some non-traditional holiday music

See it if you're a fan of singing-competition tv-shows (yes, please). Been 15yrs since they did their thing on 'Idol', but Ruben & Clay still got it.

Don't see it if you expect an epic Broadway production, don't like holiday TV specials, have no sense of humor, can't get discount tkts (you'll be pissed).

Also Not fair to compare it to last year's...... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Dated, Great singing

See it if You like early American Idol and are fans of Clay & Ruben. Or you enjoy old fashioned variety shows with great singing and corny skits.

Don't see it if If you like crisp, fast paced musical theater. Singing was brilliant but the jokes/skits were old fashioned and corn ball.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if U r a Clay/Ruben fan.Their singing is worth the price of entry.It’s a sweet show which had typical 1st nite glitches. Who cares?Ho Ho Ho!!

Don't see it if Ur a grinch, don’t like either Clay or Ruben or are not a corny Christmas show person. Other than that, go, enjoy their fab singing Ho Ho Ho

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy Christmas music and variety shows. Great holiday fun!

Don't see it if You don’t like kitschy holiday shows.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Yule like this if yule appreciate big voices w/ skits.Clay in comfort zone. Camp surprise opener.Affection for the other.Stay 4 O Holy Night

Don't see it if Flop sweat and desperation. Registered voters and record companies may have had their fill of them, but you can't deny those vocals.

Also Did producers learn nothing from "Home for the Holidays" in 2017? The ... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Saw 1st preview, had a couple of tehnical issues. Very enjoyable christmas variety show-and I never saw American Idol! I reommend it.

Don't see it if If you are the grinch, or dont like holiday music.

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Festive

See it if You are a fan of the two stars and/or want a Christmas show with lots of carols and jokes.

Don't see it if You don’t like Christmas carols and/or corny jokes.

During previews
Funny, Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You just want to relax and enjoy very well performed Xmas music ..it's cute and fun . Reminiscent of a 70s variety show.

Don't see it if You are a Scrooge and don't care for Christmas music. This is not an Tony award winning show . It's just fun !

During previews
Indulgent, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great singing. I wish they had chosen to sing more. I saw it the first night and the staging was off, but hopefully that improved.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy silly sketches.

During previews
Great singing, Corny, Festive

See it if If you a fan of American Idol, if you like Christmas Songs and enjoy the season’s spirit and joy. Syrupy sweet!

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of the singers, dislike extra sweet sentimentally, or do not perticularly enjoy Christmas songs.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Cute, Sluggish, Fan fun

See it if You’re a fan of Ruben and/or Clay or if you liked the family variety shows like The Carol Burnet Show you will find this pleasant enough.

Don't see it if You’re a Scrooge or expect a highly polished slick show. This is silly corny Christmas fun (some of it not even done very well). Ho. Ho. Ho.

Also I wasn’t sure what to expect from these guys. I barely knew who they w... Read more Read less

During previews
Fun, Festive, Fluffy as snow, Imperfect show with perfect heart, Inconsistent writing/staging/design

See it if fans of Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard; aren’t expecting the bells-and-whistles of the Radio City Music Hall Spectacular; want to feel good.

Don't see it if you dislike lighthearted treacle, and are not Christian and/or religious (this is definitely a “Christmas,” rather than “holiday” show).

Also Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectac... Read more Read less

During previews
Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Christmas music and great singing enough to tolerate some subpar schmaltz and shtick along the way

Don't see it if You hate American Idol

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