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“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“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
“’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
“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
"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 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
“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
"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
“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
"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
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.
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 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.
See it if you really can't see anything else on Broadway. Which can't be true.
Don't see it if you want to enjoy classic Christmas songs without feeling uncomfortable. Also hands down the worst audience, taking selfies during the show.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
See it if you have nothing else to do and want to hear some christmas music. Josh Kaufman and Candance Glover's voices are wonderful.
Don't see it if if you are expecting a Broadway performance or think that Danny Aiello must be worth the price of admission.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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???
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 enjoy a contemporary version of Christmas carols. The three lead singers, Peter & Evonne Holdens are all surperb.
Don't see it if All Christmas songs must be traditional in presentation. This show is more of a concert than a musical play.