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Broadway is back! September 14 marks the return of “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” and more fan favorite stage productions. The long-awaited Broadway revival comes 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,” ”The Lion King,” and ”In the Heights,” are available on Disney+.
Other beloved musicals including “Mamma Mia,” “My Fair Lady,” and “West Side Story” are available to stream or rent on Prime Video. On HBO Max, you’ll find “Dreamgirls,” “Hairspray,” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” and Hulu lets you stream classics such as “Footloose” and “Rent” (depending on your streaming package).
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.”
One way to celebrate Broadway is by putting money back into the theater. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like getting gifted a ticket to a Broadway show. You can purchase tickets to “Jagged Little Pill,” “Tina,” “Lackawanna Blues,” “Waitress,” and other Broadway musicals via websites such as Vivid Seats, Ticketmaster, Seat Geek, and TodayTix. The pricing can range anywhere from around $50 to upwards of $1,000.
Light up your wall with this vivid, visual history of Broadway costumes from 76 celebrated shows. Costume designs on this hand-illustrated piece stretch all the way from the 1927 production “Show Boat,” to 2015’s “Hamilton.” The 18″ x 24” piece is printed on archival stock.
What does your doormat say about you? Show your love for musical theater with this super cute “Hope You Like Musicals” mat. This customized, 18” x 26” doormat, makes a great gift idea for the theater geek in your life.
Enhance your next party with a set of customized place cards themed after Broadway musicals. The set includes 50 Broadway shows (simply pick the shows and the seller will create them for you), and can be made horizontal or vertical designs (the cards pictured above measure 2″ x 3.5″).
These adorable gift bags will add a nice touch to your next event. The personalized bags are available in a set of 12 bags and can be customized with specific productions that you like. The bags are available in the following sizes: mini (4″ x 5″), small (5” x 8”), and medium (8″ x 10.5″).
Hungry for more Broadway? “Break and Egg! The Broadway Cookbook” includes more than 50 food and drink recipes inspired by the most popular Broadway musicals of the last decade. The recipe roundup includes Totally Shucked Oysters (inspired by “Spring Awakening”), Traditional al-Challah (inspired by “Fiddler on the Rough”), Laurey’s Prize-Winning Tarts (inspired by “Oklahoma!”), and the Sherry Baby cocktail (inspired by “Jersey Boys”).
Speaking of cocktails, “Booze Over Broadway: 50 Cocktails for Theater Lovers” features drink concoctions such as Hello, Daquiri!, The Best Little Whiskey Sour in Texas, Don’t Cry for Me, Appletini, If I Were a Rich Man, Brandy Alexander, I Don’t Know How to Love Gin, and more. “Booze Over Broadway” won’t be released until November 2, but you can pre-order it today. You might also want to add a collection of shot glasses to your digital shopping cart.
Another cool decor item, these handmade wooden signs can be customized however you like. The signs above are a collage of design options (each sign cost $22 per board).
You’ll need a face mask to enter a Broadway theater, but even if you’re not headed to theater, you can always show your love for musicals. This machine washable Broadway-themed, adjustable, polyester face mask features adjustable ear straps, and measure 7.9” x 5.9.” Want more variety? You can also get a face mask in designs inspired by “Wicked” “Le Miserables” “Tina,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” and more.
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.
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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.
As 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.
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.
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.”
Get inspired with this set of motivational quotes from “Hamilton.” The 8″x10″ 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.