Ruben Studdard makes his Broadway debut following his critically acclaimed album and national tour, Ruben Sings Luther – a musical celebration of Luther Vandross that Variety said “elicited tears and cheers” and “left you breathless.” His 2003 platinum-selling debut album, “Soulful,” debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and garnered him his first Grammy nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. His follow-up album, “I Need an Angel,” became the fastest and biggest selling gospel album of 2004 and made him one of only two men in history to have a solo gospel album chart in the top 20 of Billboard‘s Hot 200. In addition to his extensive recording career, he has found success in television and on stage, including his performance as Fats Waller in the 2008 national tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’ which garnered Ruben his second Grammy nomination. This followed a national tour with Robin Givens in the comedy-drama, I Need a Hug. Additional screen credits include: “8 Simple Rules”Life On A Stick,” “Scooby Do 2: Monsters Unleashed,” and NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” The 2003 Teen Choice Award winner for Choice TV Variety Star continues to live up to the name given to him by R&B legend Gladys Knight: America’s “Velvet Teddy Bear.”