REVIEW: A Pentatonix Christmas at The Beacon Theater

Acapella group Pentatonix are in the midst of their first-ever Christmas tour, and brought that run to New York City’s Beacon Theater on Tuesday for the first of three nights in NYC. Pentatonix are widely known for their covers of popular tunes, but this is a Christmas tour and, well, there really isn’t much to say about a Christmas tour. It’s the group literally singing Christmas songs for an hour, with a few other numbers mixed in, and I’ll be honest, I can only tolerate so much Christmas music. My holiday spirit went away around the same time I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real and all those terrible presents were from mom and dad, so this really isn’t the tour for me.

With that said and out of the way, this tour is absolutely for kids, couples and families. Pentatonix are more about the performance than what they’re singing since they’ve largely been a cover group, and they performed every Christmas song under the sun. If you can think of it, they did it, in two sets totaling about an hour and a half or so. Their second set was a bit more interesting since they broke out covers of Daft Punk, Bohemian Rhapsody and what they call The Evolution of Michael Jackson, which is essentially a mashup of the King of Pop’s most popular tunes, but the night was still mostly about Christmas.

Perhaps the highlight of the night was when the group vanished from the stage and came out into the audience for a song, which of course had the crowd going nuts during O Come, All Ye Faithful, which marked the end of the first set and the start of the 15-minute intermission. The tour’s over, so I can’t really say you should go see them, but if you missed this one, you missed a unique performance full of so much Christmas spirit that even ol’ Mr. Scrooge would crack a smile. Check out the photo gallery below.