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Home for the Holidays

From 85 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Backed by a kinetic eight-piece rhythm and brass band, traditional favorites like 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'O Holy Night' provide heart as they come to life side-by-side with radio favorites such as 'All I Want for Christmas is You,' and 'Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home).' 'Home for the Holidays' will star Candice Glover, winner 'American Idol' Season 12, Josh Kaufman, winner of 'The Voice' Season 6, and Bianca Ryan, winner: 'America’s Got Talent” Season 1.' It will be hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, star of 'The Bachelorette' Season 11, and feature special appearance by Oscar-nominated stage and screen star Danny Aiello and YouTube sensations Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens.

Member Reviews (85)


Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Cliched, Excruciating
Avg Score

Excruciating, Disappointing, Cliched, Preachy, Some great singing

See it if You’ve been missing the CHRIST part of CHRISTmas and want to hear a lot of religious songs sung by TV/internet stars you’re familiar with.

Don't see it if you don’t already know the singers. If you aren’t invested, from watching them on reality TV then quality and cheese will make you cringe.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Flat, Boring

See it if You love these singers. Otherwise skip it. Zero stage presence. Aside from Candice Glover, unpolished voices. Pretty bad.

Don't see it if You like Christmas. This actually took my spirit away.


See it if you wish to hear lots of Christmas songs in a pleasant setting. Nice for the kids so bring the family.

Don't see it if you like a show with great singers, production numbers and a plot of any kind. This is strictly a musical review, with simple but nice set.

Also If this show had better singers with more flair and some production nu... Read more Read less

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

Fun for holidays

See it if You like Christmas music. Upbeat

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

Banal, Cliched, Snoozefest, Nice lighting

See it if you get a really cheap ticket and you're in the mood for Christmas schmaltz in glittery dresses. Oh, and Danny Aiello - why? I have no idea.

Don't see it if you need charisma or originality. The band was pretty good although it was way over synthesized. Who are these people, and why do I care?

Awkward, Embarrassing, Disappointing

See it if you want to hear Candice Glover's beautiful renditions of "Where Are You Christmas" (only showstopper in entire show) and "Joy to the World"

Don't see it if The rest is lackluster. Terrible song arrangements and singers awkwardly wiggling around stage. Even Candice was boring in the group numbers

Also They are all talented singers despite some qualms, but this whole prod... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Boring

See it if Christmas singing of not so-popular Christmas songs by not so well known singers would be enjoyable to you or you are an American Idol fan.

Don't see it if If you expect a fantastic Christmas show or something other than just a concert with a sequence of Christmas songs.

Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Highly stylized,rather empty vocal tribute to the holidays. It was nice to see Danny Aiello who looked very uncomfortable with this ensemble

Don't see it if Probably not for anyone who delights in good theater. A brief show of songs for the holidays.

Disappointing, Banal, Excruciating, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you ever wondered what happened to the musical careers of the lesser known winners of American Idol.

Don't see it if seeing an over-wrath uninteresting holiday show is not your cup of tea.

Also I jumped at the chance to see this show when I saw the name Candice Gl... Read more Read less

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.

Also There's good news and bad news...... Read more Read less

Middle of the road but enjoyable, The band is smokin hot, Uneven singing with some bright spots

See it if you get a discount and feel in the mood for Christmas music.

Don't see it if You dislike American Idol and The Voice.

Also I had the opportunity for inexpensive tickets and decided to take a ch... Read more Read less

Cliched, Delightful, Expected better, Great singing, Wonderfully talented band

See it if You enjoy Christmas music, a great band and want to see a Christmas concert. Candace Glover is a standout and Josh Kaufman is excellent.

Don't see it if You expect a Christmas play, story or great staging. This is a small-scale concert, but not much else.

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.

Great singing

See it if you like Christmas music. All others stay home.

Don't see it if want a play with substance. Not too much to this, only singing.

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you are a huge fan of one of the performers who has money to throw away to see them live

Don't see it if you are expecting a Broadway level show. Reminded me of the show on a cruise ship only the cruise lines do it better

Disappointing, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if Glover was outstanding, kaufman was good too. This is not a musical, its a concert, and not a good concert.

Don't see it if You dont want to see a show with uneven, amater performances.

Great singing

See it if Good talent, but this show is lacking the joy and holiday cheer.Candice Glover is a knockout, and the musicians are great,but show was dull.

Don't see it if you are expecting to have a rollicking good time.

Also The musicians were outstanding!.I loved Rodney Howard in percussion an... Read more Read less

Slow, Excruciating

See it if You're a massive fan of the performers and you absolutely can't miss them - the singers and band sound good.

Don't see it if It would make a great show if it was playing softly over the radio at a Macy's, but it's a terrible excuse for a Broadway show.

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.

Also Bristowe feels like some clueless Cali chick who wandered in out of th... Read more Read less

Meh, Mediocre vocals, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You're okay with a thin holiday show interspersed with cheesy stories and intros. There are a few highlights.

Don't see it if You're looking for high caliber Broadway talent and production value. It's not up to par with the sound quality or level of polish

Banal, Excruciating, Bad singing, Below level, Embarassing

See it if don’t see it even if you get a free ticket. It’s embarassing and below high school level.

Don't see it if just don’t see it. It’s too painful even for a quick-annual-holiday-money-maker show. How did these folks win a show???

Disappointing, The real title of the show should be ego, because somebody has lot of balls to put together such a slipshod bdwy show, Indulgent, Only a few xmas carol classics are in the show, the uncredited songlist features "new" tunes for the holidays that have no hooks, no memorable choruses., Slow

See it if HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS-$48-49K (last wk gross)--37% attendance--Avg. ticket price: $13.51. Now that's a lot of comps & No-shows! Word-Is-Out.

Don't see it if Numbers r bad, reviews r bad, & anyone who's seen ANY other Xmas show is shakin their heads. 3 newbie singers cannot carry bad songs/intro's

Also If inexperience is a cardinal sin, it shows on the faces of all the pe... Read more Read less

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

Also WTF are Aiello & the Bachelorette doing here? Seriously? Ignore them &... Read more Read less

Hot mess, Hodge podge, Jr. miss pagent

See it if Can get in for free and are desperate to hear some holiday music.

Don't see it if are looking for class entertainment.

Also One "star" singer is polished and talented. The 2 men singers aren't b... Read more Read less

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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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