Home for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays
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Home for the Holidays NYC Reviews and Tickets

53%
(85 Reviews)
Positive
27%
Mixed
40%
Negative
33%
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.

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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.

30
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.

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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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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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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Theatermania
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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BroadwayWorld
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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TheaterScene.net
November 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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Theatre is Easy
November 21st, 2017

“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.”
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Theater Pizzazz
November 21st, 2017

“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.”
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Broadway Blog
November 27th, 2017

“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.”
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The Huffington Post
November 22nd, 2017

“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.”
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M
December 1st, 2017

"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."
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Reflections in the Light
November 24th, 2017

“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.”
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StageZine
November 21st, 2017

“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.'”
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I
November 21st, 2017

“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.”
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Z
November 22nd, 2017

"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."
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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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