Who's Holiday!
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Who's Holiday!
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Who's Holiday! NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(170 Reviews)
Positive
91%
Mixed
6%
Negative
3%
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'). 

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850 Reviews | 896 Followers
90
Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Refreshing, Must see

See it if Margherita at her best (as usual). Hysterically funny, clever an moving. Leaves you wanting more! The best holiday show out there. Must see!

Don't see it if only if you will not take any profanity at all.

826 Reviews | 1004 Followers
90
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Heartfelt

See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Margherita. Story is funny, entertaining & heartfelt. The perfect holiday treat.

Don't see it if You are a Grinch or Scrooge and aren't interested in any Holiday Fun.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
90
Quirky, Clever, Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if Cindy Lou Who's life goes wrong/ A pitiful mess for jokes and song/ Sex, booze and pot/ Innocent she's not/ Warmly she'll bring us along.

Don't see it if You don't like raunchy, irreverent, sarcastic comedy. You are unfamiliar with Dr. Seuss. A whole show in rhyme is too much for you.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
82
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Campy, Sentimental

See it if you're ready to laugh (and, at times, even "boo hoo") at a twisted sequel to the Grinch, as told by a grown-up, tawdry Cindy Lou.

Don't see it if you're not familiar with the classic story by Seuss, or, as a purist, you don't want to imagine Cindy Lou after years of abuse.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
82
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Slow, Raunchy

See it if Margherita explodes as a delightfully raunchy Cindy Loo Hoo in Lombardo's Dr. Seuss holiday parody Rhymed couplets work suprising well

Don't see it if Grows a little maudlin & sentimental in mid-section but Margherita's savvy wit keeps us hooked (& crooked) Does well w/Xmas ballad & finale

615 Reviews | 91 Followers
76
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a funny and raunchy Xmas show. Not for the kids!

Don't see it if you like a traditional and non raunchy Xmas show or don't like one person shows.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
90
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Enjoyable, A unique one person show

See it if ...you want to spend an enjoyable hour laughing and seeing the impressive job a solo actor does of holding audience's attention. Very fun!

Don't see it if Not for the kids. Don't see it if you're not familiar with Dr. Seuss. Totally upends the original story. Read more

402 Reviews | 86 Followers
80
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're looking for a short, mostly fun holiday show that is full of camp humor. Lesli Margherita owns her role with a great performance.

Don't see it if you're looking for a holiday show to take your kids to. This is very much adult humor and it does include some dark topics.

Critic Reviews (12)

The New York Times
December 4th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
November 28th, 2017

"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."
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Theatermania
November 28th, 2017

"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."
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BroadwayWorld
December 3rd, 2017

"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."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 11th, 2017

"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."
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Theater Pizzazz
November 28th, 2017

"'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."
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Front Row Center
November 28th, 2017

"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."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 28th, 2017

“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.”
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