HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE:
Looking for that perfect gift for the Broadway-obsessed superfan in your life? Then look no further!
I've partnered with Amazon.com to bring you my TOP TEN BROADWAY GIFTS. And in no particular order, here they are...
1. "The Untold Stories of Broadway" by Jennifer Ashley Tepper
Jennifer Tepper is a musical theatre historian, producer and all-around genius whose love and in-depth knowledge of all things Broadway shines bright throughout her work. "The Untold Stories..." is a multi-volume series that gives you a one-of-a-kind look behind the curtain theater by theater. A perfect mix of history and story-telling, you'll hear from Broadway's most legendary performers about Broadway's most legendary theaters. Make sure to check out all three volumes: Volume I, Volume II, and Volume III.
2. The Nate Series by Tim Federle
A veteran performer of five Broadway shows, Tim Federle takes his love for everything Broadway, sprinkles in his one-of-a-kind wit, and what emerges is a smash-hit series of Young Adult novels that are by no means strictly for Young Adults. I speak from first-hand experience: I devoured them both in a matter of days. They tell the story of a Nate, a young boy from Jankburg, PA who wants nothing more than to star in his very own Broadway show. Will his dreams come true? Find out for yourself! Don't forget to pick up both hilarious and heart-warming stories: "Better Bate Than Never" and the sequel, "Five, Six, Seven, Nate!"
3. Be A Broadway Star! The Boardgame
Be A Broadway Star is the boardgame that puts YOU in the spotlight! It's a perfect gift for theater fans young and old. Start out at acting school, buy headshots, get your Equity card, and more! Make sure you've warmed up your voice, because you'll get the chance to show off your goods with the "Make or Break" cards throughout the game. It even includes a free expansion pack with shows like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Buy it here!
4. "Ghostlight" by Frank Rich
This is by far my favorite memoir of all time! Frank Rich grew up to become the chief theatre critic for The New York Times for thirteen years. But before that, he was a young boy in Washington D.C. listening to Broadway cast albums in his living room. "Ghostlight" is honest, funny, sometimes dark, but brimming with a joy for all things Broadway. It's a must read!
5. Broadway Playbill Puzzle
This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle features over 40 different Playbill covers from some of the top Broadway shows...and yes, you can bet your bottom dollar that list includes The Book of Mormon ! This makes a great gift for the entire family. You can even frame it when you're done. Pick up your own right here!
6. Broadway Recordings on Vinyl
Vintage is back in style! Records on vinyl are all the rage, and the craze has even hit Broadway. Noteable recent releases include The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, and Dear Evan Hansen -- all on vinyl! It may cost a bit extra, but it's a collectible and won't go out of style any time soon.
7. Broadway Christmas Ornament
8. Broadway Coffee Table Books
Hit Broadway shows like Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen are all releasing epic coffee table books. Each one features a unique behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the show, with special material you can't find anywhere else. One of these sits on my own coffee table at home -- I'll give you one guess as to which book it is!
This adorable Broadway-themed ornament from Kurt Adler would make a great stocking stuffer for the theatre nerd in your life! Featuring Santa Clause surrounded by some Broadway-style marquees, it's a great addition to any tree.
9. TodayTix Gift Card
TodayTix is the revolutionary smartphone app giving you access to last minute tickets at the best prices. They operate in New York City, London’s West End, San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Boston, Washington D.C. and Chicago. Why not grab a gift card for the theatre lover in your life? They're valid for purchases on any show and never expire. You can find them here!
10. Donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. They are one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS findraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BCEFA has raised more than $285 million since 1988. Instead of a physical gift this year, why not make a donation in someone else's name? That money will go a long way. Click here to donate.