New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Who's Holiday!

From 12 critic and 170 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Raunchy

About the show

This wildly irreverent solo show is a heartfelt holiday parody that looks at the life of a grown-up Cindy Lou Who. Starring Lesli Margherita ('Matilda The Musical').  More…

A middle-aged Cindy Lou Who, now residing in a beaten-down trailer in the snowy hills of Mount Crumpit, is about to host a Christmas Eve party for her friends. As she prepares, she recalls from her own perspective that fated night when she first met the Grinch, and the strange turn of events her life has taken for the past 40 years.

1h 15m | Already closed | Westside Theatre Upstairs (Midtown W)


"It’s a delightful evening of Who mirth and Who merriment, when we join Cindy Lou for her holiday merriness...Lesli Margherita, the only cast member, is funny, and flitty, and one you’ll remember...Lombardo has written the script, it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it just does the trick. Andress’s direction, it must be admired, for his use of small space, was simply inspired...This play should be produced each holiday season, It’s cheaper than Rockettes, and probably more pleasin’." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

"The surprise of 'Who's Holiday!' is that, as the story darkens, the playwright and star go with it, forgoing laughs (mostly) for a good third of its running time; this sort of show rarely asks audiences to feel anything, but, under Carl Andress' remarkably adept direction, you may find yourself genuinely touched as Cindy Lou, alone in the night, delivers a downbeat little ditty titled "Blue Christmas...Adults who enjoy their eggnog with an extra jigger of bourbon will gulp it right down." Full Review


"Though the years haven't been kind to Cindy Lou...the booze-guzzling, cigarette sucking bleached blonde stays lovably upbeat...Margherita is a comical riot, shining with moxie-laden tastelessness and irreverence. She engages front row audience members, sings with gutsy verve and even raps a bit. After an hour of lunacy, a sweet, sentiment ending is added, sending audience members off with a warm smile and probably exhausted from laughter." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita shines past this material creating a warm, gleeful, profanity spewing, lovable and oh so over the top performance...Carl Andress, directs this piece allowing Margherita to twist us around her little finger, which she does effortlessly. This show is outlandish and if it had played before camp became improper and nobody could take a joke, I could see this running every Christmas. The audience I saw this with was laughing hilariously." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Carl Andress directs these comical couplets, to saucy effects...Lesli Margherita stars alone in the show. She delivers the raunch, rhymes, and songs like a pro...At the ending we’re left with a serious thought. Which underscores all of the laughter she wrought. That 'white trailer trash' Cindy Lou just needs kindness. It’s good that 'Who’s Holiday!' is here to remind us." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"'Who’s Holiday!' is a tragic-comic monologue that’s full of risk, with Margherita meeting every dare...She has extraordinary presence, and isn’t afraid to charm the audience with a song or take up the microphone to bust into rap...There is enough ingenuity and sensitivity in this show to make you beam or grimace. Lesli Margherita sparkles, gliding through each moment, eliciting sympathy in every phrase. Her command of the stage is strong and bold." Full Review

The New York Times

"This hourlong production’s point, which is to watch the brassy, very funny Ms. Margherita strut her stuff in the costume designer Jess Goldstein’s festive holiday get-up. She expertly milks the many double entendres and profane limerick-like rhymes, but this cabaret regular is equally comfortable ad-libbing...Zippily directed...Tellingly, it loses steam when sentimentality creeps in, and eventually concludes with an earnest singalong of a Yule classic." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"Lesli Margherita has turned herself into a local favorite...Combining that gleeful attitude with beauty and a strong voice, she has audiences eating out of her well-manicured hand...As directed by Carl Andress of Charles Busch fame, it’s all slightly tacky, but tackiness doesn’t always preclude some kind of fun." Full Review

Time Out New York

"This irreverent, adults-only sequel stars the wacky and wonderful Lesli Margherita...'Who’s Holiday!' works best when it dares to be as tasteless as possible while replicating Seuss’s trademark rhythms...Margherita is flawless, juggling comedy, musical interludes and audience interaction like a champ. But Lombardo can’t resist the temptation to tug at our heartstrings, turning what begins as a cheeky antidote to holiday humbug into a yuletide bummer with a pat hopeful ending." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

“Notable for giving the ultra-talented Lesli Margherita...a...platform to demonstrate her arsenal of physical, vocal, and comedic weapons…Some of it is definitely laugh-provoking but too much is sophomoric, failing to do her larger-than-life persona the justice it deserves…The constant rhyming, which teeters on tiresomeness…is hit and miss…Cindy Lou is so colorfully outrageous, her voice so big, and her manner so flippantly flamboyant that Margherita…could almost be mistaken for a drag artist.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"If you are going to mess with a classic you better arrive with a full picnic basket. This production was a few sandwiches shy from the start. There is not much of a plot onto which you can hang your Santa’s hat. Matthew Lombardo’s story is ho-hum. Ms. Margherita plays one note throughout: cute but with an edge. Perhaps if she had had more guidance from her director, Carl Andress, she would have been able to rise above the material. That did not seem to be the case here." Full Review


"Lombardo attempts to salvage his burnt piecrust of a play with massive amounts of whipped cream, sending us out with a sing-along and a feel-good Christmas message. But by then, it is difficult to feel much more than confusion...Incredibly, Margherita nearly saves the play with her irrepressible comic instincts...I walked away convinced that Lesli Margherita ought to have a Christmas special, but perhaps not one written by Lombardo." Full Review

Delightful, Masterful, Hilarious, Queen lesli, Great fun!

See it if If you love Lesli Margherita and want to see a hilarious, raunchy Christmas show!

Don't see it if If you get offended by crude language and boozing.

Hilarious, Must see, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If u want to laugh

Don't see it if N/A

Clever, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy a great show with lots of laughs .Very entertaining !

Don't see it if N/A

Funny, smart, whimsical, hilarious, raunchy, clever, edgy, masterfully acted, and great writing

See it if the right amount of wacky comedy combined with holiday cheer is exactly what you have been lacking in your life at this time of the year.

Don't see it if a modern update on a classic holiday character would ruffle more than a few of your feathers.

Also Matthew Lombardo’s new play is a 75 minute jam packed laugh riot deliv... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Incredible, Must see

See it if I don’t even know where to start Lesli Margherita is everything I expected but infinitely better!! She is beyond hilarious, total powerhouse

Don't see it if You’re lame

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of How the Grinch stole Christmas and want an adult and very real feeling sequel. You want to see a masterful performance.

Don't see it if You are expecting a children s show. You want the Grinch story to remain pure in your mind.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you love Dr. Seuss and his lyrical rhythms, but realize this is for adults only.

Don't see it if well, your heart is two sizes too small.

Clever, Hilarious, Must see, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like to laugh! It is also very heartwarming but not for kids!

Don't see it if Couplets are not your thing. You don't like any type of audience participation. (There's not a lot)

Also This is the perfect adult holiday show. A bit raunchy at times but als... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Quirky

See it if you want to see an adult solo Christmas production that is very funny and touching.. The actress Lesli Margherita is magnificent.

Don't see it if if you are taking a child - it is a bit raunchy. The show is only one hour long.

Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You like Lesli Margherita (this is a tour de force). You like Dr Seuss, and parodies. You don’t take the holidays too seriously.

Don't see it if You’re offended by adult language or themes. REALLY adult.

Also First off, Lesli Margherita is wonderful!! She does an amazing monolog... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if You like Dr. Seuss

Don't see it if If you never saw Dr. Seuss

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want to see a great one woman show. Its creative from start to finish. She engages the audience so you're a part of the show!

Don't see it if You're not up for a great show.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy very funny and entertaining shows. Lesli Margherita is phenomenal-A Who’s Who in Whoville great comic talent and singer. Poignant

Don't see it if You are a Grinch, or offended by occasional risqué comments... so worth it though!

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if You love Lesli, Christmas, the grinch

Don't see it if You don't like twists on classic tales

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to walk out of the theater with a big ole smile!! Smartly done with tons of wit.

Don't see it if campy humor is not your thing.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you want something fun, interesting twist on a childhood classic all grown up,

Don't see it if aren't familiar with the Grinch That Stole Christmas, won't like that the whole show rhymes, or you get offended easily, you're under 17

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like one person show with some music, and great funny lines!

Don't see it if If you don’t like solo performance

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You love getting sucked into a story in clever couplets that will have you laughing 'til it hurts. Lesli's charisma is unbeatable.

Don't see it if You're turned off by vulgarity or find the Fran Fine brand of comedy to be annoying

Also The set took my breath away- amazing what they did with the space!

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Masterful, Quirky

See it if Enjoyment rises with a greater knowledge of the Seuss anthology; however QueenLesli gets to show off her range of talent regardless

Don't see it if Bawdy adult humor falls between an R and NC-17; hour and a few minutes length may reduce the sense of value; audience participation at times

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if like a little risqué

Don't see it if you don't like couplets

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if You are nostalgic about the Grinch or Dr. Seuss’s.

Don't see it if You think that this is a kids show. IT’S NOT (You literally had to be 15 to get in. So I guess I pass for a 15 year old)!

Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy

See it if want a big laugh at the expense of Dr. Seuss. Lesli Margherita is hilarious and a huge talent.

Don't see it if are a Grinch.

Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want a fun show with clever writing. Takes twists and turns. Although a one person show it feels like there are more characters. go see!

Don't see it if Sexual references are not your taste. Three are not many and they are funny.

Also Read up on the Grinch before you go if you don't know the story. Not i... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Raunchy, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you want to see Lesli Margherita give a deliciously naughty performance! She's larger than life, but brings genuine heart to this fun play.

Don't see it if you are offended by vulgar language or adult themes. This is NOT a holiday show for the kids, but should delight adults on the naughty list!

Funny, Great acting, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you are looking for a fun and different take on a Christmas classic

Don't see it if are a Grinch

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