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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Member Reviews (85)

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1002 Reviews | 412 Followers
45
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.

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
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.

697 Reviews | 106 Followers
70
Entertaining

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. Read more

536 Reviews | 57 Followers
77
Fun for holidays

See it if You like Christmas music. Upbeat

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

470 Reviews | 113 Followers
89
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

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
50
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 Read more

291 Reviews | 706 Followers
50
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?

381 Reviews | 80 Followers
56
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.

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 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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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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