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Usually, I publish my holiday gift guide on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
But since you probably have a little more time on your hands this Turkey Day, I thought you might want to start your e-shopping early.
As always, here are my top ten (pandemic-friendly) Broadway-themed gifts of 2020 that every TheaterMaker and Theater Fanatic will love.
Masks are a thing. And even with a vaccine coming, they’re going to be a thing. Even years AFTER this pandemic has been crushed, they will STILL be a thing. (If you have a cold, you’ll wear a mask – just like they do in other parts of the world.) So, if you’re going to wear something, you might as well show your Broadway pride. Here are some great places (including some TheaterMaker small business artisans on Etsy) to pick up a Broadway-themed mask.
Hadestown was one of the most exciting, successful new shows on Broadway last year, raking in eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Now you can hear from the creator herself (who also happens to be one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020) as she takes you along on the decade-long journey of bringing Hadestown to Broadway. Get your copy of Working on a Song: The Lyrics of HADESTOWN by Anaïs Mitchell today!
Yes, yes, we created this game. But for those of you who think we’re just stumping for our own stuff, click here and look at all the amazing reviews. Be A Broadway Star is the ONLY Broadway board game. It’s a mashup between charades and “Life” and is a ton of fun (and yes, adults, there is also a drinking version). IMPORTANT: We sell out of these EVERY holiday season. And with board games all the rage during the pandemic, we predict we will sell out faster. Get Broadway’s only board game on Amazon here.
Yep, this one is also mine, but it’s the type of gift that I would have wanted under my tree when I was coming up in this biz so I had to recommend it.
Have you or your special TheaterMaker ever wanted advice from your favorite Broadway mentor? How about 50 Broadway mentors? In Cast of Mentors: Short Sage Advice from 50 Broadway Superpowers you’ll get more than you paid for in this collection of truths from high-achieving Tony winners, Oscar winners and Pulitzer Prize winners (!) including Terrence McNally, Dominique Morriseau, David Henry Hwang, Daryl Roth, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen C. Byrd and more. Get your copy of Cast of Mentors for your favorite TheaterMaker here.
We can all use a little soothing scent from a sweet candle, not to mention a little ‘light’ to remind us there is light at the end of this tunnel! A candle from this Etsy shop will transport you into the world of all your favorite shows!
Know the site Masterclass.com? TMS is like Masterclass.com but for theater. It’s a a digital training program and community for TheaterMakers at all stages in the process. If you’re a writer, producer, director, or actor and you want to get a show on a stage, find a producer, meet other writers, and more . . . this is the place for you.
As a member, you’ll have access to our certification courses, monthly group coaching calls with my team of experts, access to our Private Facebook Community, a literal treasure trove of resources, checklists, execution plans, and a ton more! This is a perfect way to show the TheaterMakers in your life that you’re invested in their careers and want to see them thrive.
Oh, and you also get me once a month on a coaching call, since I founded the place.
Okay, be honest. How many days this year have you spent in your pajamas? Pajamas have become the new business casual as many of us have shifted to work from home during the pandemic. Why not bring the spirit of Broadway to your work from home with these festive pajamas from Playbill?
With all the free time quarantine has given us, why not organize that Playbill collection like we’ve all been saying we would do for years? This is my personal favorite way to do that, and I’m sure any Broadway lover would feel the same. Start organizing your playbills and memories here.
9) A SUBSCRIPTION TO THESE STREAMING SITES
All the cool kids are streaming it. So shouldn’t you? Check out BroadwayHD and BroadwayOnDemand to get great theater content right on your phone, desktop or big screen tv. And there are free trials or free content on both! (And make sure you watch Daddy Long Legs, while you’re there.)
It’s a real battle between who writes better books about Broadway: Jen Tepper and her “Untold Stories of Broadway Series” or Michael Riedel. Michael follows up his first and fantastic book, Razzle Dazzle, with this new one, Singular Sensation, which has his usual flair of history, drenched in gossip.
If you’re looking for more gift ideas for the Broadway theater lover in your life, click here to see past years guides.
If you have someone in your life who dreams about being on Broadway or creating shows for Broadway, check out this specialty guide here.
See my appeal to the writers of Ratatouille The Musical to give me the rights to produce it on TikTok here:
The first copy was too big.
The second was too blurry.
The third copy was juuuuuussssst right.
And so went the Goldilocks-like journey of publishing my new book, CAST OF MENTORS: SHORT SAGE ADVICE FROM 50 BROADWAY SUPERPOWERS.
You can order the “just right” version right here, just in time for the holidays.
One thing I do guarantee . . . the advice in this book, from A-listers like Terrence McNally, Joe Mantello, Mandy Gonzalez, Kenny Leon, Pasek & Paul, and so on is “juuuuuust perfect.”
There’s an answer in this book for every question a TheaterMaker might have, from a college student with a BA in theater graduating in the middle of a pandemic, to a professional producer with awards on his mantle who is still looking for his West Side Story (ok, ok, that might be me.)
Oh, and the hardcover version looks cool on a coffee table.
Get it here. If it doesn’t help you, let me know. We’ll give your money back to you. And you don’t even have to return the book . . . you just have to give it to another TheaterMaker. Because I know the words of these Mentors will inspire the right people to do great things . . . on and off the stage.
“One Last Time” is my favorite tune from Hamilton.
There’s something gracious in the message, and something so amazing in the performance. It’s one of the umpteen reasons I wanted Chris Jackson to speak at our conference this weekend.
And today, I have my own version of that message . . . as I tell you, for the last time, that this is your final chance to get a ticket to The TheaterMakers Summit, which starts in less than 24 hours.
I know, I know, you’ve probably heard me talk about the TheaterMakersSummit already. Maybe you’ve seen ads, gotten emails, or heard me mention it a billion times in this blog.
Well, sorry, but not sorry.
The reason we e-smack you over the head with this message?
We know, for a fact, there is nothing else we do all year long that helps people achieve their theatrical goals. Period. And it only takes one weekend to do.
Think about it.
If you’re a writer, director, designer, actor, producer or just appreciate the art of making theater, this is the conference for you.
And whether you’re just starting out or you’ve already had shows running around the world, you’re going to learn how to get to the next “stage” of your career.
You’ll just have to forgive me if I’ve talked about this conference a lot. I can’t help it. I remember what it was like seeing the first show I produced on stage, the first show that I wrote on stage. And I’m obsessed with helping people feel that same feeling. Because there is nothing like it.
And when you see an audience respond to something you’ve created? Oh man . . . is it something.
So if you want to make theater, if you want to feel that feeling, there is no better place on the planet to be this weekend, then at The TheaterMakers Summit, with 103 experts and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people just like you.
Still on the fence?
Think about it this way.
What’s the worst thing that could happen if you came? You didn’t learn anything? Ok, you’re in the same place you are now. And you email me and we give you a refund. No questions asked.
Now. Ask yourself . . .
What’s the BEST thing that could happen if you came? You get your show up? You advance your career? You meet someone to help you along?
Yeah. That’s what I thought.
There. I said it. This is my “one last time.”