Closed 1h 15m
Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
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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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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.

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.

Critic Reviews (12)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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November 29th, 2017

"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."
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November 28th, 2017

"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."
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November 28th, 2017

"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."
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November 29th, 2017

"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’."
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