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Broadway is almost back! September will mark the return of “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” and more of your favorite stage productions. The long-awaited Broadway revival will come a year and a half after the pandemic forced theaters to close their doors. As actors and audiences gear up for the return of the Great White Way, we put together a list of gifts that are perfect for lovers of musical theater.
Whether you’re a certified theater geek or not, giving up live entertainment for the last year has been pretty challenging. Thankfully, a lot of Broadway plays have been adapted into movies that you can stream on Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and more platforms. For example, “Hamilton,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “The Lion King” are available on Disney+. “In the Heights,” another big musical headed to the streaming giant, will debut in theaters and on Disney+ later this year. If you’re not already subscribed to Disney+, join today for just $7.99 a month.
A bunch of beloved musicals including “Mamma Mia,” “My Fair Lady,” and “West Side Story” are available to stream or rent on Prime Video. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up for $12.99 a month, which includes access to Prime Video and tons more. Amazon Prime lets you combine subscriptions such as HBO Max where you can watch the films behind hit musicals “Dreamgirls,” “Hairspray,” and “Little Shop of Horrors” (if you’re not subscribed, the membership costs $14.99 a month). Hulu lets you stream classics such as “Footloose,” and “Rent” (depending on your streaming package). Hulu packages start at just $5.99 a month or $13.99 a month for a bundle deal with Disney+ and ESPN+.
Now that you’re all caught up on streaming, it’s time to celebrate Broadway! Below, find the best gifts for self-professed theater geeks, Broadway novices, and anybody who considers themselves a fan of musicals. For more gift guides check out best gifts for fans of Disney, “Lord of the Rings,” and “Game of Thrones.”
If you love Broadway and have the patience for puzzles, then this Playbill jigsaw puzzle is a perfect gift. The 1,000 piece puzzle makes a beautiful picture of famous musicals such as “The Lion King,” “Mean Girls,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” and “Billy Elliot.”
So you want to be a Broadway star? It’s not as easy as it looks, but this board game turns the journey into a fun activity for 2-6 players. The purpose of the game is to become the biggest Broadway star (by getting the most fans). From going to acting school to buying headshots and getting your equity card, this board game will take you through the necessary steps of theater stardom.
With 12 Broadway musical parody colors, this “Wicked” pack of colored pencils make a great novelty item that will look perfect in your art collection. Beyond that, you’ll love the high quality pigments, and nod to one of the most successful plays on Broadway.
“Broadway Musical Trivia Book: Fun-Filled Facts & Trivia Questions to Find Out How Much You Really Know”
Do you love trivia? Put your knowledge to the test with the “Broadway Musical Trivia Book,” which features multiple-choice, true/false questions, and fun facts that you may not already know.
When Broadway reopens, you’ll need a place to put all of your tickets. This Shadow Box Ticket Holder is great for storing and displaying your tickets, plus it’s a pretty thoughtful gift idea.
Here’s a fun but subtle way to show your love for drama. This stainless steel keychain features a drama mask and a hilarious warning: “I may spontaneously break out into show tunes.”
Who’s the ultimate theatre nerd in your group? Find out with this entertaining card game that can be played by two or more people. If you know Sondheim from Schwartz, or your Marius from your Maria, you shouldn’t have much trouble playing this game. But that doesn’t mean you won’t get stumped! Inside the box, you’ll get game cards with 100 songs from classic musicals (on stage and the silver screen). This exciting game is designed for ages 12 and up.
“The Lion King Broadway Selections” has 15 arrangements from the Tony-Award winning play. Composed by Elton John, the song list includes “Be Prepared,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight ,” “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King.”
Get inspired with this set of motivational quotes from “Hamilton.” The 8×10 handmade prints are printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper. The prints are unframed, but you can click here to purchase standard size picture frames.
Hosted by Julie Andrews, “Broadway: The American Musical” details the 100-year history of musical theater alongside its relationship to 20th century American life, from the turn-of-the-century immigrant experience to the competitive world of big budget Broadway productions and revivals that compete for box office success. This series was originally released in 2012 so it may feel outdated, but it’s worth a watch for musical theater enthusiasts.
This hand-sculpted, hand-painted music box plays “Music of the Night,” from the timeless Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The 3.5” music box features a cute little Phantom mask, and faux jewels adorning the base.