The holidays are just around the corner. If you need some great gift ideas for a theatre enthusiast on your nice list this year, Playbill has you covered! From theatrical ornaments for the tree to Broadway-inspired items you can use all year long, Playbill's Holiday Gift Guide will ensure this Christmas season is merry and bright for every kind of theatre lover in your life.
Be sure to place your PlaybillStore.com order by December 15 to make sure your gifts are all under the tree by December 24.
For the Broadway bookworm: a Playbill Subscription
If the theatre lover you have in mind loves to read just like Belle from Beauty and the Beast or Matilda Wormwood, a Playbill Subscription is a great choice! There's two types of Playbills you can subscribe to. The Playbill Magazine subscription includes a special cover, the editorial features found in our regular Broadway Playbills, exclusive editorial not found elsewhere, and a theatrical-themed puzzle every month. And for a special limited time, when you purchase a Playbill Subscription, you will get a free gift of an opening night Playbill of your choice or a special 2022 Tony Award Playbill.
Or if you love shows, then you should get a Playbill Opening Night Subscription. It's a series of collector's opening night Playbills featuring the show's original cast and credits. And for a limited time, when you purchase an Opening Night Subscription, you can receive a bonus 13th month's worth of Playbills. So when you purchase a Playbill Opening Night subsription, we will ship the entire bundle of the previous month’s Opening Night Playbills (ie. order in November, receive the 3 Opening Night Playbills from October or order in December and receive the 3 Opening Night Playbills from November).
Playbill Subscriptions keep you in the loop about the happenings in theatre now, bringing Broadway and beyond straight to your doorstep!
For fellow Ozians: Wicked 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Playbills
Speaking of special edition Playbills, any Wicked fan will feel "positively emerald" unwrapping a limited edition Playbill for the musical's 20th anniversary! These three unique Playbills —which individually feature images of Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and the musical's original cast— can be purchased separately or as a bundle. Either way, giving this gift to the Wicked fan in your life is sure to make you popular!
For the theatre fan's Christmas tree: the 12th Annual Playbill Ornament Set
Theatre enthusiasts everywhere can adorn their Christmas trees with the gift of this year's Playbill ornaments from the Broadway Cares Classic Collection. Each collection features Playbill covers from the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. The 2023 series of six ornaments includes Cabaret, In the Heights, Once, Memphis, Annie Get Your Gun, and Guys and Dolls. Deck the halls with boughs of Broadway!
For spooky musical maniacs: the 2024 Broadway Scares Playbill Calendar
This is a scary-good gift for the put-together planner in your life. Broadway might be known for its bright lights and flashy musical numbers, but when the lights fade to blackout, something sinister this way comes. From Phantom of the Opera to Sweeney Todd, Playbill is featuring some of Broadway's spookiest shows in the 2024 annual wall calendar. Each page includes notes about the featured shows written by Playbill's resident theatre historian, Logan Culwell-Block—and maybe even a ghost story or two about some haunted off-stage encounters, as well.
For savants of Sondheim and spirits: Sondheim Celebration Rocks Glasses
"Everybody rise" for this set of four unique double old fashioned glasses, featuring Playbill covers of 16 Sondheim musicals. This celebratory glassware set is the perfect gift for theatre enthusiasts who love to entertain some company. Guaranteed, the Broadway fan in your life will love them. I mean, c'mon... getting to channel your inner Joanne from Company while you toast to the new year? We'll drink to that!
For the practical but fashionable theatre enthusiast: Broadway Show Tote Bags
Tote bags are so in right now—partly because they are stylish, but mostly because they are a total necessity for city-living! From carrying your school books to bagging your groceries, tote bags have endless uses and are the perfect size to carry on the go! And Playbill has a huge selection of show-themed totes to choose from—including & Juliet, Back to the Future, and Moulin Rouge! Featuring show-themed quotes and references, the theatre lover in your life can carry their favorite musical with them on their daily adventures.
For the quirky theatre nerd: the Mary Poppins Parrot Head Umbrella
The Mary Poppins umbrella for adults is a fully functioning exact replica of the magical parrot head umbrella Mary Poppins carries in the Disney musical, and the quality is spit-spot! This gift is such a fun choice for a stocking stuffer, and is sure to make rainy days a little bit brighter for the theatre lover in your life.
Cannot find exactly what you are looking for in this list?
Check out PlaybillStore.com for even more gift ideas, including merchandise from current Broadway shows and archival items from past productions, and our special Playbill binders to store all of your theatre memories.
And remember to place your PlaybillStore.com order by December 15 to make sure your gifts arrive by December 24.