I know what you’re thinking . . . “Wasn’t it just Labor Day?”
The answer? Yes. Yes it was.
As if Harry Potter cast a monthus-disappearus spell, here we are on the eve of Black Friday, ready for another mad dash to the end of the year.
Thanksgiving is late this year, which means less time to do your holiday shopping. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the Top 10 Broadway GIfts to help you as you shop for the Broadway theater lover in your life (or in case you are just looking to put something for yourself in your stocking). And this year, we’ve made sure we’ve added a bunch under $20.
And now, the overture is over . . . let’s raise the curtain on my 2019 Broadway Holiday Gift Guide:
1. Be A Broadway Star Board Game
Be a Broadway Star was a “shower idea.” It literally came to me in the shower back in 2011. And when I dreamed it up and wrote the name on the steam of my shower door, I never imagined it would turn into one of the hottest selling Broadway gifts on the market. What has been fun to see is people of all ages playing the game, from college kids, to little ones, to senior theater goers! And even Ben Platt! (Click here and scroll down to see the photo)
It’s a no-brainer gift for any theater lover in your life, and super fun to play.
This year we have a new, limited-edition Holiday Expansion pack! Download the full 31-page expansion pack for FREE here!
Get the game here now. It sells out every season, so don’t wait.
2. My Broadway Binder!
We made these as a gift for our Broadway Investors. And we got such great feedback on them, we wondered if other folks might want to buy them.
The answer? Yes. Yes they would.
So we modified ’em, included some sheet protectors and even came up with a unique design for our binder that prevents the Playbills from falling out.
It’s a must for all Broadway fans which makes it a terrific holiday gift.
Get the Broadway Playbill binder here.
3. A Broadway Puzzle featuring 20 of your favorite Broadway stars!
Want a great group activity at your holiday gathering? Or looking for a solo activity? Make the most of a rainy or snowy day this holiday season and piece together this Broadway-themed jigsaw puzzle featuring 20 of Broadway’s biggest stars!
Get it here.
4. Broadway Coloring Book
Coloring books are in.
And in this great Broadway gift for under $10, you can color all of your favorite show tunes in this Broadway Lyric Coloring Book! The book features 24 pages of mandala designs and lyrics from popular shows.
You can bet your bottom dollar this is in my daughter’s stocking this year. Gotta get her started right!
Get the coloring book here.
5. Musical Theatre themed colored pencils
When I was a kid if you wanted to color, you had one choice . . . crayons. Now there are . . . wait for it . . . musical-theatre themed colored pencils! Another great gift for under $20 which makes it an ideal Secret Santa gift!
Get the musical theater pencils here.
6. Books, books, and more books!
I could have a whole Broadway Holiday Gift Guide just for Broadway books! But here are a few of my top picks this season.
The Secret Life of the American Musical by Jack Viertel
Written by a true master of the American theater, this book is rich with information and stories to delight any theater fan (or theater maker).
Test your knowledge of the Great White Way with this 9-chapter Broadway Trivia Book!
Broadway Trivia includes 9 chapters with easy, medium and hard trivia for Broadway fans of all ages! Test your knowledge about Broadway theaters, history of the great white way, show tunes and more!
Broadway Investing 101
Everything you need to know about how to get started in investing in Broadway Shows.
How To Raise Money For The Arts . . . Or For Anything!
Does the mere thought of asking people for money make you nervous? I sat down and wrote a 100+ page comprehensive how-to guide on the subject of raising money for the theater – the only one of its kind!
Created specifically with artists in mind, these action journals are a 90-day template for success. It helps you stay on track and reflect along the way. (Be sure to share your thoughts using #ActionJournalForArtists. I’d love to hear what you think!)
7. Playbill Frame
When a Broadway binder isn’t enough for your Broadway fan, or Broadway star-to-be, get ’em this Playbill frame to show off that their most prized Broadway possession. Great for those of you who have seen Hamilton . . . just to rub it in your friends’ faces when they come over. Get it here.
8. Broadway Momento Box
And if the frame isn’t good enough . . . well, there’s almost another step up! Use this shadow box as a unique way to show off your favorite Broadway memories! If they had this when I was 16, I would have owned 160. Get the momento box here.
9. The TheaterMakers Studio Membership
TheaterMakers belong together. That’s why we created a brand-new, state-of-the-art, industry-leading membership community and certification training experience for theater-makers! If you want to create theater – or know someone who does – The TheaterMakers Studio is the best resource 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! Check it out here and get it for the writer, actor, director, producer in your life.
10. The Broadway Pop Chart of Costumes
Someone actually gifted this to me last year . . . and in a perfect example of word of mouth at work . . . I’m now recommending it to you. Check out this unique poster art here.
And of course, theater tickets, Broadway t-shirts and the latest cast recordings are always great gifts for Broadway lovers. But whatever you get for your Broadway or Theater Fan, get them something theater related. It all helps support the art and business we all love!