What an exciting week we have all had. My trip to New York to see Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show proved to me again that Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard have outstanding voices! I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to see the show live. To those who can see it only through another’s eyes, CANN will try and keep you updated so you can enjoy all the fun!
I returned home on Thursday afternoon. I apologize for the small amount I was able to share with you. When I take off for another trip, please remind me to throw out my old computer and find something that will be a help me!!
Today, I will report about some the the articles and pictures that were posted today!
New York Post
Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard have fixed ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside
by Chuck Arnold
From 2014 to 2017, Mariah Carey owned the Christmas concert circuit in New York with her annual holiday residency at the Beacon Theatre. But with the diva taking her yuletide act to Europe this season, there are not one, but two singers stepping into her red Louboutins: 2003 “American Idol” champ Ruben Studdard and his runner-up Clay Aiken.
The two crooners will be decking the halls of Broadway’s Imperial Theatre through Dec. 30, with “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show.” (Yes, that’s a mouthful of fruitcake.)
“If we had a fifth of the people that come to Mariah, we’d be happy,” says Aiken, adding that Carey will still be there in spirit: “We knew we’d have to sing Mariah’s ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’ in the show, but to have us sing that to each other was gonna be a little awkward, so we brought the whole cast [including five supporting players] in on it.”…
You can read the entire article at New York Post
The following are screencaps from The Today Show!
Sandi Durell’s Pizzazz
RUBEN & CLAY’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CAROL….
by Adam Cohen
Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken were contestants on the second season “American Idol” – a television singing competition fifteen years ago. Both are singular talents who have combined to bring Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show to the Imperial Theater for a three week holiday run.
The Pageant is cute, playing to their respective strengths and personalities, while also illustrating their playful competition. The opening number features them out vocalizing while also dueling with visual stunts – Ruben as Phantom, Clay being suspended mid-curtain. Clay comes off more showy (lots of costume changes – loud sweaters and gold lame suit). Ruben mildly embarrassed with toilet humor (literally) and just wanting to sing.
And sing they do. Gloriously. The show features pretty much every Christmas tune you can think of rendered in an array of duets, solos and group numbers from the ensemble including Farah Alvin, Ken Arpino, Julian Diaz-Granados, La’Nette Wallace and Khaila Wilcoxon…
…Highlights include the show’s politically-correct take on the now-controversial #MeToo lyrics to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is hilarious. Their harmonious closing duet on “O Holy Night,” affirms their popular status and winning vocal talents. Aiken and Studdard have lovely voices. The price of admission is worth it just for the singing. The comedy is corny and goofy but it’s an amiable evening…
This positive review contains lots of pictures too. You can see the entire article at Pizzazz
The radio station Hot 99.5 duval posted the following picture and message..
Another radio station also posted some pictures and an article:
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