'American Idol' Alumni Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard Prepping Holiday Broadway Show

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Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard perform on stage during the 31st Annual American Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium Nov. 16, 2003 in Los Angeles. 

Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard first collaborated during Season 2 of American Idol over fifteen years ago, but soon they’ll be sharing the spotlight again. Aiken and Studdard announced the Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show on ABC’s The View Thursday (Oct. 18).

“When Ruben and I first started talking about doing a project together, Christmas was a natural fit,” Aiken told Broadway.com. “It's been fifteen years since we met on American Idol, and coming back together again, to celebrate the holidays, feels like the best and biggest gift we could both ask Santa for this year!”

The Christmas show has early performances beginning Dec. 7 at the Imperial Theatre in New York City and officially opens Dec. 11. The limited-engagement, blending holiday hits and comedy, will run through Dec. 30. 

The festive shindig will mark Studdard’s Broadway debut. It will also be Aiken’s first return to Broadway since he starred as Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot in 2008.

A portion of ticket sales will go to the National Inclusion Project, an organization that works for the inclusion of children with disabilities in community and education activities.

Watch the behind-the-scenes making of the holiday show below.


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