10 Great gifts for the Producer in your life. [UPDATED]

We’ve updated this blog with the best Broadway gifts on the market in 2018. Enjoy!


Happy Black Friday!

People are in line and online today, looking for great holiday gift ideas for their family and friends.  But what do you get for that odd bird in your nest that is or wants to be a Producer?

Here is a list of 10 gift ideas for those folks with shows on the boards, or for the Producers-to-be out there.

And if you are a Producer, just email this list to your family and friends and tell them that it’s their civic responsibility to do their part in stimulating the economy . . . by buying you everything on it.

1. Be A Broadway Star Board Game

Yes, full disclaimer, this one is mine.  But it’s such a no-brainer gift for anyone who loves Broadway, it’s always top of my mind for Broadway gifts.  The game itself is like Life with a dash of charades . . . but Broadway style.  Win Tonys, Audition for Wicked, and the person with the most fans wins.  Fun, right?  There’s a reason it’s the best selling Broadway gift on Amazon every year.  But don’t take my word for it.  If you want some objective advice, go check out the 55 FIVE star reviews on Amazon.

2.  A Playbill Binder!

Playbills are probably the one thing on the planet that is given away free, yet is priceless to a Broadway fan (especially a NEW Broadway fan). Protect them in this binder that includes free sheet protectors!

3. A Broadway Puzzle of your favorite Broadway Stars!

If you’re like me, then holiday times at the parents’ house includes puzzles. So forget about the ones with windmills and skylines, how about one featuring Broadway stars!

4. Broadway Nail Decals

Need a stocking stuffer or a Broadway Secret Santa gift? This is it because it’ll come in under ANY budget.

5.  The Abominable Showman:  The Unauthorized David Merrick Biography

David Merrick is to Broadway shows as Henry Ford is to automobiles.  Read all about how Merrick became the powerhouse that he was.  This bio is like a training manual of both what to do and what not to do.

6. The Broadway Coloring Book

Created by my own Director of Marketing, Monica Hammond (I have such a multi-talented staff), The Broadway Coloring Book is available as an instant download PDF for you to print, color and enjoy right away or gift to friends! This 10-page coloring book features hand-drawn scenes from some classic Broadway shows, including Mamma MiaChicagoCabaretGypsy and more! Color the costumes and sets of Broadway as many times as you like! Download your copy now!

7.  Gift Cards

No list would be complete without suggesting you get tickets for the Broadway lover in your life. Unfortunately, we don’t make this easy on Broadway.  You can’t get gift cards for specific shows, but you can get Telecharge Gift Cards and Ticketmaster Gift Cards.

8. Anything from Broadway Cares

Give the gift that gives back when you get anything from BC/EFA.  From their Broadway snow globes to Broadway ornaments to a 1992 Jerry Mitchell Broadway Bares “solo strip” DVD (hubba, hubba) these gifts will make the giver and the getter feels good all over.

9. Once On This Island Cast Album

If you love Ahrens and Flaherty, if you love great musical theater period, you’ll love this Tony-award winning cast, and so will the theater lover in your life.

10.  The iPhone

No list of mine is ever complete without the iPhone.  Sure, AT&T sucks more than Moose Murders, but carrying music demos of shows in a killer web phone that has an app-game where you can produce We Will Rock You is something I’m telling Santa that I want.

2 Things To Do If You Want To Be A Broadway Producer

Recently, as the final question to an interview, I was asked to give one tip to any people watching that wanted to be a Broadway producer.

I gave two.

  1.  Produce as much as you can of whatever you can.Produce readings (even in your living room), festivals, showcases, benefits, beauty pageants, dog shows, whatever.  Get in the habit of learning how to put things together.  You’ll learn so much from every different production you put together, regardless of their success or their size, because shows are like snowflakes.  No two are alike and they need a lot of care or they’ll just eventually just fall to the ground and get walked on and turn into a pile of wet disgusting slush that will ruin any decent pair of shoes.

  2. Meet as many people as possible.Since I used the snowflake cliche, I’ll use another one.  So much of producing is about who you know.  I’m not saying you have to know Andrew Lloyd Webber or Phil Smith or even me, but producing is a collaborative art.  You’re going to need to know playwrights, directors, actors, and yep, investors.  Lots of them.  And you never know who is going to be the next Pulitzer prize winning playwright or Google-like CEO that always wanted to get involved with Broadway.  Start meeting people today.  However you can.Here’s a great story about a guy who understands how important this tip can be for any business and travels needlessly to prove it.

Speaking of tips, CTI has got a few of them and they are willing to share.  Check their website for info on these two upcoming programs:

– Producing
Reading, Workshops, and Showcases: A Practical Approach (March 6th)

– The 28th Annual
3-Day Weekend Producing Conference (May 15th – 17th)

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As close to a course in producing as you can get.

There’s no bar exam for Producers.  No boards to pass in order to practice.  No degrees required.

Producers can be marketers, fund-raisers, or dramaturgs.

Anyone with enough passion for product can produce.

That said, there are more and more programs emerging with the goal of educating a new generation of producers about the nuts and bolts of what we do.

Because while anyone can drive a car, you can drive a lot more efficiently and safely if you know how the engine operates.

The Harvard of commercial theater producing is The Commercial Theater Institute, not because of the quality of the education (although it is top-notch), but more so because CTI was the first institute dedicated to commercial theater producing, just like Harvard was the first institute of higher learning in the US.

Harvard was founded in 1636.  Now we have over 4,000 colleges in this country.

Let’s hope we see commercial theater institutes multiply at the same rate.

CTI just announced that it’s accepting applications for its annual 14 week course.  Apply here.

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