‘Tis the season to buy stuff… so why not buy some of that awesome show memorabilia or a cast recording that you’ve been eyeing the last couple of months.
Here’s the list of Broadway gifts I plan to buy this holiday season. I also bet these gifts would be the perfect idea for any Broadway enthusiast!
Description: The new edition includes chapters on 70 Broadway shows, which is every show that ran during the season, not just such new shows as Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Once, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and One Man, Two Guvnors, but the long-running ones from seasons past, such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, and Wicked.
Why I want it: I love the idea of a Broadway yearbook — I’ve spent so much time reading articles, writing reviews, talking about new (and old) shows, and tweeting about it. It would be great to have a yearbook to help remember and celebrate this past year’s Broadway season.
Cost: $26.39 on Amazon
Description: A 2013 calendar featuring Broadway playbills.
Why I want it: I had the 2012 Playbill calendar and loved it! Every morning as I eat my breakfast I stare at my Playbill calendar. Granted, there are a few shows I wish weren’t in there (like Million Dollar Quartet), but overall it’s a great calendar and a completely functional gift as well.
Cost: $10.09 on Amazon
Description: This official sheet music companion folio to the stage version allows music makers apply their own talent to the beloved score of Once. The 12 selections are based on the renditions from the Original Broadway Cast Recording, arranged for piano and voice, with basic chord fingering grids included for guitarists.
* Falling Slowly
* The Moon
* If You Want Me
* Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
* Say It to Me Now
* When Your Minds Made Up
* The Hill
* Gold (a cappella)
* Falling Slowly (reprise)
Why I want it: It will continue to complete my collection of Broadway vocal selections, and I’m also dying to sing some of these new and updated Broadway arrangements. (I already own the movie vocal selections!)
Price: $11.55 on Amazon
Description: The official Broadway window card posters of Chaplin and The Mystery of Edwin Drood measures 14 x 22 inches. Printed on glossy cardstock.
6. A few new Broadway Cast Recordings: Leap of Faith, A Christmas Story, Les Miserables and Anthony Rapp’s Without You.
Description & Why I want it: I’ve been waiting for Leap of Faith cast recording since I saw it back in May. I can not wait to hear Raul Esparza sing this fun upbeat gospel score! I also would love to listen to A Christmas Carol during the holidays this year! I’m also excited to hear the new movie soundtrack for Les Miserables and Anthony Rapp’s Without You which I saw at the NYMTF last year (and absolutely loved). These are four fantastic CD’s that I can’t wait to hear!
Description: Big Fish, a new musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the 2003 Columbia Pictures film written by John August, will star Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom.
Big Fish is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, a book by John August, and is produced by Academy Award winners Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.
The gifted child Matilda, unloved at home but supported by her teacher, tries to rid her school of its evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Based on the Roald Dahl children’s book, the hit London production won seven Olivier Awards.
Why I want it: Amazingly enough, I will be in Chicago when the world premiere of Big Fish opens and I can’t wait to blog about it! I seriously can’t wait!! It will be my first time in Chicago and I also get to see a world premiere musical and it has Norbert Leo Butz in it. I just now have to grab my tickets but unfortunately they aren’t on sale yet!
I’ve been super interested in Matilda since it started development awhile back. It is one of my favorite children’s books of all time and I can’t wait to see what they have done with it! I feel like it’s going to take Broadway by storm!
(Really though, any theatre tickets to any show will suffice – these are just the two musicals that I’m most excited about next year!)
Price: $ ? - Big Fish tickets not on sale, $32.00 – $147.00 - Matilda tickets
4. A few new London Cast Recordings - Singin’ in the Rain and Top Hat
Description: The Singin’ in the Rain cast recording of the classic musical from London’s Palace Theatre, features Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen. With all the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one of the world’s best-loved films, Jonathan Church’s brand new production features a score including the classics “Good Morning”, “Make `em Laugh”, “Moses Supposes” and the legendary “Singin’ in the Rain”. Adam Cooper, Daniel Crossley and Scarlett Strallen play the roles made famous by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.
Top Hat brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the West End in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time. Tim Walker of The Sunday Telegraph writes, “This is the most sublimely performed, choreographed, orchestrated and costumed musical I have seen in the last 25 years. I can’t ever see London – or me tiring of it. It is sublime”.
Why I want it: I love tap shows! I wish there were more of these types of shows on Broadway! Singin’ in the Rain is one of my favorite movie musicals ever and I also have a special place in my heart for Top Hat because I performed the titled number, as a solo, when I was in college. It’s been one of my favorite songs ever since! I hope that Broadway sees the success of both of these shows and gets at least one of them on a Broadway stage. Since I’m not going to London anytime soon, I’ll just have to listen to the cast recordings!
Description: For 14 years, members of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre community have raised their voices and lifted our spirits with this wonderfully eclectic holiday music series. Mixing holiday classics and brand new original material, this 2-CD set offers us the companies of Evita, Once, Peter and the Starcatcher and Newsies, among others, ushering us into a spirited holiday season. Celebrity guest stars include Ricky Martin, Cyndi Lauper and Perez Hilton.
Why I want it: First, it’s supporting a wonderful cause: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Second, I need new Christmas music every year to listen to. Third, Rebecca which didn’t even land on Broadway has a song on this album! (WTH?!) I think that’s the best part!
Price: $23.00 – Broadway Cares
Description: Decorate your Christmas tree Broadway style with the Broadway Cares white glass ornament, featuring the logos of more than twenty Broadway musicals from the 2011-2012 season.
Logos include: Anything Goes, Bonnie and Clyde, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, Evita, Follies, Ghost The Musical, Godspell, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, Leap of Faith, The Lion King, Lysistrata Jones, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Memphis, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Once, The Phantom of the Opera, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, Sister Act, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and Wicked.
Why I want it: I have the 2010-11 Playbill Ornament and I absolutely love it. I want an entire Christmas tree filled with playbill ornaments! This is always on top of my Broadway Christmas wish list! Everyone always comments on this ornament and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS which is awesome!
Price: $20.00 – Playbill.com
Description: Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Why I want it: I have to be honest, I will be at the first showing of Les Misérables on Christmas day – there’s one at 9:00am, and instead of opening presents, I’ll be sitting in an empty theatre, having popcorn for breakfast and enjoying the amazingness of this movie.
Price: $6.00 – (first matinee price) Fandango.com