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

From 116 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing

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 | Already closed | Imperial Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (116)


Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing
Avg Score

Fluffy, Self-indulgent, Mediocre, Schmaltzy, Good singing

See it if you miss your hometown community theater Xmas pageant; you yearn for the cornball, mawkish holiday specials of Como, Williams, Crosby, et al

Don't see it if you have a cheese intolerance; u hope for an Idol concert [There's precious little singing by the two]; u expect a scintilla of wit or soul.

Also Ruben Studdard has a great voice... and that is where his talent ends.... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Quirky, Great singing, Funny, 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

Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Fluffy, Joyful

See it if you're a fan of Clay's and Ruben's, enjoy Christmas carols, or need something light and joyful in these difficult, complicated times.

Don't see it if you're going to take it too seriously. It's theatre, but it's not meant to be Hamilton, so relax.

Good, cheesy fun and lots of charm

See it if Ruben & Clay play off each other well. Their ensemble of 3 girls and 2 boys are wonderful singers and dancers. Lots of Christmas songs.

Don't see it if Loads of fun, though not top Broadway production values. There is a religious aspect to some of the program. Bway debuts for Ken and Julian!

Great singing, Entertaining, Cheesy, Family-friendly

See it if you want to get in the Christmas spirit and don't mind some cheesy holiday fun. Singing was great, some funny parts, other elements lacking

Don't see it if you're expecting a grand spectacle. It does come across cheap for a Broadway production, and the mad libs portion was a bit of a disaster.

Entertaining, Cheesy, Fun, Fluffy, Cliched

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

Ambitious, Cliched, Quirky, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if If you enjoy holiday musical reviews and a fan of American Idol . They tried hard.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect a well produced musical , this is holiday fluff with sparkling lights.

Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent

See it if you just had to catch up with Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken 15 years later after seeing them on the TV show American Idol.

Don't see it if you were able to get tickets to any other musical on Broadway.

Also I was DISAPPOINTED from the moment the show began to the moment it end... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you obviously wouldn't see this if you hadn't watched the American Idol that pitted these two together--and this was pure campy fun

Don't see it if but the attempt to make this like a 1960's TV show just didn't work and it was cliched and downright silly, but the boys were charming.

Indulgent, Slow, Great singing, Goofy, Disappointing

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.

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you love Clay and Ruben. They still sound fantastic

Don't see it if you don't like over the top silliness

Great singing, Epic, Excruciating, Face-palming, Remote-seeking

See it if Ruben, Clay and the talented 5 supporting cast will blow past every musical expectation you may have set upon entering; music score = 100

Don't see it if Variety show fails miserably in Act 1 and has you reaching for the remote to change the channel; mercifully reduced schmaltz in Act 2

Entertaining, Cliched, Ambitious, Fluffy, Dated

See it if you are a fan of Clay and Ruben, and also Xmas music. They did a great job singing. The comedy acts were not funny.

Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway production. This is a Xmas song show that tries to do too much.

Also Some of the jokes were just bad or over the top. They were trying to b... Read more Read less

Great singing, Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are big fans of Rubin Studdard & Clay Aiken. They sing well in the show.

Don't see it if if you don't know or like Rubin Studdard & Clay Aiken. Rubin sang well but had little stage presence. Show was very trivial and boring.

Entertaining, Cliched, Great singing, Funny, Fluffy

See it if You like Clay Aiken and/or Ruben Studdard or enjoy Christmas music sung by two great vocalists. Or like corny/cheesy jokes.

Don't see it if You want a polished, sophisticated show with beautiful sets, a big cast, or a show with a plot.

Ruben & clay pay day

See it if A fun holiday show that feels intimate for Bway with minimal patronage.

Don't see it if You hate Xmas shows or have a heart of stone.

Also R & C earn their pay and their chemistry is immense. As with last year... Read more Read less

Cliched, Slow, Disappointing

See it if I thought might get a decent, entertaining & well produced Christmas show, instead I got two singers who have been in business for 15 years.

Don't see it if The first act moves somewhat quickly but the second is rather slow and tiresome. This show has one good singer and Clay Aiken.

Ruben & clay's *last* xmas show

See it if you know/care who these guys are or want to discover Ruben for the first time. He's funny, moving, good voice/personality/sense of humor.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of Clay Aiken's singing from TV. I never watched American Idol, didn't know him, & won't be in line for his next CD.

Also Aiken is a very good sport about playing second banana to Ruben, but h... Read more Read less

Great singing, Quirky, Fluffy, Insipid, Entertaining

See it if You like Ruben and Clay. You want family friendly. You will laugh at a bad jokes just to be polite. You are a good ole Christian.

Don't see it if You want a well written show. Want a good set, script and overall production. With all that said. I had a good time and I was entertained.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You are fans of RUBEN and Clay and are into corny Christmas shows! The only savior was that Clay Aiken is still a great singer.

Don't see it if You are not into corny Christmas shows!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Funny

See it if you enjoy wonderful Christmas songs mixed with a delightful Christmas theme.

Don't see it if you are tired of the exploitation of the Christmas Holiday.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if you want to hear two great singing voices of our time in a delightful celebration of the holiday season.

Don't see it if you want a more traditional musical (there is no actual story line).

Cliched, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Enjoy pedestrian Xmas music production. Are a fan of R and C

Don't see it if Not interested in Xmas music.

Entertaining, Funny




Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you just want to enjoy a simple christmas show with people you know and love

Don't see it if you're looking for a story - this is just a bunch of christmas songs with a big charity push in the second act.

December 11th, 2018
"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 supp...
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December 11th, 2018
"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 cringeworth...
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December 11th, 2018
"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 Stud...
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December 12th, 2018
“An evening of skits and scenes, performed by two artists who won the hearts of 40 million people 15 years ago...Thankfully, time has not withered their voices, and their personal performance styles complement each other onstage...There is an astounding amount of padding within this show's inexpl...
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