This December, Wolfbane’s executive director, Ken Arpino, is hitting the Broadway stage at the Imperial building in Manhattan, New York.
After a long vetting process that included competition from other writers who vied for the privilege, Arpino was selected to write Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard’s Christmas show.
Along with writing scenes and sketches, Arpino also will perform on the stage. Jesse Joyce, known for his work on Jimmy Kimmel Live, also wrote some of the scenes and sketches for the show.
The show is called “Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show” and will begin performances Dec. 7 and open Dec. 11.
Arpino has worked on three Broadway tours — Mama Mia, Legally Blonde and Hairspray. This is his first time performing at the Imperial Theater.
“I had done a show with Clay Aiken a couple years ago with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat in Maine,” said Arpino. “He and I kinda stayed friends, and he’s been super supportive of Wolfbane and my personal career. And so when he found out about this project, he reached out to me and asked if this is something that I would want to be part of.”
The interview process was about a month long. After he was selected, he later found out he would also participate in the show on stage. For Arpino, it’s both his writing and performance debut at the Broadway Imperial stage.
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