Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays NYC Reviews and Tickets

(85 Ratings)
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Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Excruciating

About the Show

Broadway's only holiday show features winners of 'American Idol,' 'The Voice,' and 'America's Got Talent' performing contemporary takes on more than 25 perennial favorites.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (85)

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283 Reviews | 77 Followers
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Relevant

See it if you like XMAS music song by some good singers. Some stood out more than others, but still enjoyable.

Don't see it if you don't like XMAS music.

277 Reviews | 85 Followers
Christmas comfort food - a good thing!

See it if you enjoy a Xmas concert, familiar tunes. Glover has best voice, P Hollens lends RyanGosling-like charisma (& sings better). Enjoyed music.

Don't see it if you like choreography with your concert (a dance between the Hollens' would help) or hate constantly being urged by performers to clap along Read more

470 Reviews | 114 Followers
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see some talented reality TV stars (including the impressive Candice Glover) belt their hearts out. 87 minutes flies by.

Don't see it if You don't like songs like "All I want for Christmas is you" or don't want to hear how Danny Aiello wishes we carry Christmas spirit each day

66 Reviews | 5 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Christmas carols

Don't see it if You are a grinch

254 Reviews | 86 Followers
Too safe at home

See it if Nice holiday songs, especially a heartfelt Where Are You, Christmas? Aiello is endearing and my reason to go. Ryan is cute and sexy.

Don't see it if You pay retail. Where Are You, Discounts? Staging is uber cheap and shoddy. Most of the budget seems to be in the ladies' outfits. Read more

642 Reviews | 69 Followers
Fun for holidays

See it if You like Christmas music. Upbeat

Don't see it if You don’t like Christmas music

297 Reviews | 78 Followers
Rushed / not fully-developed, Amazing band w/some great singing, Put-together haphazardly, Includes new non-traditional holiday music, Heavily stylized christmas carols

See it if you're a fan of singing-competition tv-shows (yes, please). Candice: AH-MAY-ZING; Josh: great, bluesy & gritty; Bianca: excruciatingly bad.

Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional bdwy show w/a plot. RELAX: it's a christmas concert, not rocket-science. Great for fans & families w/kids. Read more

67 Reviews | 33 Followers
Upbeat, Had some really great moments, Relevant

See it if You want to get into the holiday spirit. Candice Glover and Josh Kaufman were especially wonderful and worth the price of admission.

Don't see it if You're looking for a storyline or are overly critical. Read more

Critic Reviews (18)

The New York Times
November 21st, 2017

“A limp revue of carols and Yule-themed pop songs...Headlined by three singers who have triumphed in reality-TV competitions...These performers can carry a tune, and in Ms. Glover’s case, quite a bit more...She is also the only performer on the August Wilson Theater stage whose singing and warmth fill the room...As safe as ‘Home for the Holidays’ plays it, there are still a few gasp-inducing moments.”
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Time Out New York
November 21st, 2017

“First there is the hazy concept...This tacky pop-up Broadway concert, the yuletide equivalent of a Halloween costume store, features a comically motley cast...Then there is the hazy singing: breathy, baroquely melismatic ornamentations, as though the vocalists were skating on thin ice and afraid to stay on a single note for more than a quarter of a second. And then there are the hazy stories...There are moments of pleasure...Mostly, though, it’s a clumsy affair.”
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New York Theatre Guide
November 22nd, 2017

"There is no shortage of impressive vocal stylings…There seemed to be a few distracting technical issues with the sound..There also doesn't seem to be an abundance of chemistry between the three headliners...I'm sure these can all be ironed out as the production gains momentum towards Christmas...Glover gives the most powerful and show-stealing vocals of the night...If you are a fan of Glover or just simply can't get enough of the Christmas spirit, then this is the one for you."
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New York Daily News
November 22nd, 2017

“This seasonal pop-up concert on Broadway is one motley mix...A trio of TV reality show vocal contest winners shares top billing...There’s something missing — a star. There’s not one in the cast...Winning a contest doesn’t guarantee you radiate stage presence. Or that you can draw an audience to you...There are a couple saving graces, including the fine-tuned band...And a juicy ‘Joy to the Word’ ends things on the high note. In the end, the ‘Joy’ jolt is too little, too late.”
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 21st, 2017

“Expertly recalling the sort of entertainment you'd experience on a cruise ship or in a low-rent Vegas casino, 'Home for the Holidays' is a Christmas show only Ebenezer Scrooge could love...The competent eight-piece band and back-up singers do a better job of connecting with the audience than the so-called headliners, who come across like they're performing in front of a mirror. Judging by the glazed response from the audience, they might as well be.”
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November 22nd, 2017

“They're singing 'Deck the Halls,' but in 'Home for the Holidays,' the artless new concert, it's not like Christmas at all...This 80-minute riff-fest doesn't transmit the feeling of Christmas; in fact, it just makes us feel sad...A strange concert that desperately tries to win over the audience, only succeeding intermittently...It's Aiello's performance that's ultimately the most enjoyable...He's the one shiny bauble in a show that could use a lot more of them."
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November 22nd, 2017

“It doesn't take long for the lack of musical textures to make everything sound like background music. Tessero is billed as creative and musical director, so it can be assumed he's responsible for the staging, which usually consists of singers standing with hand-held microphones raised to their mouths, barely acknowledging each other's existence...Aiello reveals himself to be the most satisfying singer on stage. Why? Because he sings the melody and expresses the meaning of the lyric.”
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Talkin' Broadway
November 21st, 2017

“’Home for the Holidays’ would best be enjoyed by fans of TV's ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘America's Got Talent’….While pretty much the only thing ‘Broadway’ about it is the venue, it does offer up a pleasant (if decidedly schlocky) way to kick off the holiday season…This is one of those ‘it is what it is’ events…It is an opportunity to hear these decidedly talented singers, each with a different performance style, backed by a snazzy nine-member onstage band.”
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