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Home for the Holidays

From 18 critic and 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.


"Looks to become a new seasonal favorite...Weaving in and out of the dynamic performances are Bristowe and Aiello telling their own stories...A nice retreat encompassing a mix of classic Christmas songs, as well as some new ones, all of which are sung and performed beautifully by the entire cast. Here’s hoping that this show will find its niche among holiday entertainment offerings, and becomes one of the traditions we can look forward to seeing in the coming years." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“The Vegas-style revue of Christmas music...Hardly seems necessary...Whether you decide to spend your time and money on this essentially harmless, 90-minute show will depend mostly on your fondness for reality show stars...If all you want for Christmas is a truly polished 90-minute show, head over to Radio City Music Hall, but if glitz, glamour and a lot of tunes are your thing, you might consider the August Wilson a suitable home for a short visit.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“’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.” Full Review

Musical Theater Review

"The show is relentlessly good-spirited. Nothing wrong about that, but it could use a little variety in tone...The problem is that most of it begins to sound alike, with driving, slick quasi-big band up-tempos dominating both the carols and the pop stuff. The vocal dexterity of the performers cannot be faulted...To sum up, 'Home for the Holidays' registers like several gulps of non-alcoholic eggnog. It will give you a taste of the season but hardly intoxicate you." Full Review


“A pleasant evening or afternoon of Yuletide carols, but the overall feeling reminds one more of a glitzy school swing choir or a Christmas variety show on cable TV than a bona fide Broadway celebration of the holidays...The main reasons to see the show are Glover and Kaufman...The rest of the singers are entertaining but otherwise forgettable...Tessero’s creative and musical direction of these gifted young vocalists unfortunately never goes anywhere beyond the pop style of ‘American Idol.'” Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"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." Full Review

The New York Times

“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.” Full Review

Reflections in the Light

“A hodgepodge of a production...I didn't care for the arrangements of some of the classic Christmas songs which leave the singers sounding out of sync...The nine-piece band is good, particularly the horn section...The standout in this production is Glover, who has a terrific voice and worshipful spirit...It is a treat any time we can hear the story of Christmas told on a Broadway stage and Glover's talent made it especially so. Our hopes for focused concert are disappointed, however.” Full Review


“Aside from some skilled musical arrangements of some traditional and radio holiday favorites, there is very little holding the production together...Despite possessing some strong pop voices, the singers seemed unsure, stiff, and even scared in live performance...Only the spectacularly-voiced Glover seemed to possess any semblance of star power...Mildly entertaining, at best...Clocking in at less than ninety minutes, ‘Home for the Holidays’ luckily does not outstay its welcome.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“An early Christmas present for fans of ‘American Idol’, ‘The Voice’…Lackluster production values and bizarre narration suggest this concert was put together in the cheapest and fastest way possible...It’s too bad, because the performers are talented...For those who aren't super fans of televised singing competitions, sitting through this concert might be like eating overdone ham smothered in cheese. Not good for you, but mildly enjoyable, in its own way.” Full Review


“Slick, innocuous and short...Performed by an ensemble drawn from television singing competitions. Fans of that style of demonstrative vocalizing will be entertained. Anyone else would benefit from a large, Sippy cup of wine to ameliorate the monotonous bombast on display. Aiello’s periodic, brief appearances are most welcome...Depending on one’s sensibilities ‘Home for the Holidays’ could be pleasant, seasonal fare or bring on a headache.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Although the singers are all gifted with powerful voices and agreeable stage presences, none displays the kind of unique charisma that sets true stars apart from so many others of their type. Jonathan Tessero, credited for 'creative and musical direction,' does them no favors with arrangements that turn the sweetest of holy songs into overly loud, overly orchestrated, can-you-top-this, power ballads…Songs that begin softly morph into ear-blasting numbers designed to display musical lung power.” Full Review

New York Daily News

“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.” Full Review

Time Out New York

“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.” Full Review


“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.” Full Review


“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." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

“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.” Full Review

The Huffington Post

“I expected it might be kitschy, silly, or just plain bad but I didn’t expect quite the train wreck I witnessed...YouTube, reality TV, talent shows, and an actual honest to goodness star in Aiello? This show has it all. Obviously, no one involved is going to be touting this show on their CV anytime soon...I did observe some generous spirit on display...Here’s hoping all involved can turn this show into one rueful memory they can laugh about during better times to come.” Full Review

Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You're a big fan of anyone in the cast! This is a concert. However, it's freaking amazing. It isn't a musical.

Don't see it if You don't like concerts or any of the people in the cast.

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.

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

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

Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Love to hear Candice Glover and josh Kaufman singing traditional Christmas tunes! They were good! My mom loved the show!

Don't see it if Don’t like to hear good music!

Great singing, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if Want to get in the Christmas spirit.

Don't see it if You’re expecting a traditional musical

Entertaining, Great singing, Festive, Charming

See it if you want a charming Christmas concert filled with old/new favs featuring talented assemble & Danny Aiello, who is always a hit!

Don't see it if you do not prefer Christmas festivities filled with story telling and songs.

Also Overall it was a good concert; there were moments of working out the k... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want a good family Christmas show outside of Radio City or Lincoln Center. If you enjoy a good concert.

Don't see it if You hate holiday shows.

Also I was a little shocked that this show hasn't gotten more buzz. Because... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if If you love celebrating the season with wonderful Christmas carols and stories of the season. A joyful concert with wonderful voices.

Don't see it if You are looking for a scripted production. It’s a lovely holiday conce.

Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Christmas carols

Don't see it if You are a grinch

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

Fun for holidays

See it if You like Christmas music. Upbeat

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

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.

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Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like holiday music

Don't see it if Of you don't like singing

Delightful, Cliched, Great singing

See it if You want holiday songs!

Don't see it if You want to see Theatre.

Also The problem with these kind of shows isn’t that they’re bad it’s just ... Read more Read less

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.

Also Is it perfect? Well no. But is it a fun, entertaining, holiday show th... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You love Christmas music!! You love concert celebrations. You want to see a unique collaboration. I saw very early in the run should improve

Don't see it if You want a meaningful storyline or a refined show.

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

Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Short, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of any of the artists Go if the tickets are inexpensive & you love sentimental holiday music. Some songs you won't even know!

Don't see it if You find Christmas movies & shows cheesy. Don't come expecting a story & don't pay much. There are much better uses for your ticket dollars!


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.

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Entertaining, Dated, Fluffy

See it if Want to get in the Christmas spirit. It's dated with the typical songs but the band was amazing. Candice Glover's voice is worth the trip.

Don't see it if If you expect a plot, do not like Christmas tunes. It's a simple set. Sometimes the voices were drowned by the band. The drummer was loud.

Delightful, Great singing, Festive

See it if You want are in the Christmas spirit or love Christmas carols, or a fan of America's Got Talent. Or if you'd prefer a more formal concert.

Don't see it if You're expecting a Broadway show with a story and plot. Or if you're not familiar with the songs or performers.

Also Fun for the Christmas season if you love hearing Christmas carols. The... Read more Read less

Great singing, Banal, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want see a holiday concert with good singing.

Don't see it if you want broadway show with any plot - this is concert.

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.

Banal, Cliched, Overrated, Insipid, Mundane

See it if Like Christmas carols. The show itself is pretty boring, BUT if you can block everyone out and wait for Candice. She has presence&is GREAT!

Don't see it if Don’t like holiday themes, Christmas carols, B level shows, limited staging

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