Playbill.com's 2013 Broadway Holiday Gift Guide

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29 Nov 2013

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the Broadway theatre fan on your list? With the holidays just a few weeks away, Playbill.com has put together a 2013 holiday gift guide for your theatregoing loved ones.

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Playbill Ornaments from the Broadway Cares Collection: The Playbill ornaments are sure to be this holiday season's hot new collectible. This is the second set in an annual series of limited-edition ornaments celebrating Broadway's longest-running musicals. The ornaments in this set feature the Playbill covers of Beauty and the Beast, Rent, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Miss Saigon and 42nd Street. Each ornament is made of gold metal and resin and comes with bright red silk ribbon for hanging. Click here to order.

Broadway in a Box: The Essential Broadway Musicals Collection – a 25 CD Boxed Set: Broadway in a Box is the perfect gift for fans of Broadway musicals. The 25-CD set features the original cast recordings of 25 classic musicals that are essential to any Broadway fan's collection. The compact discs are packaged in mini sleeves that feature the original album cover art and are accompanied by a 60-page book packed with show descriptions, cast lists, musical numbers, recording session photos and more. From Oklahoma's "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" to "Last Midnight" from Into the Woods, Broadway in a Box guarantees hours of listening and is the perfect introduction to the distinctive sounds of Broadway. Click here to order.

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Wicked the Musical: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition Cast Recording – Two-Disc CD Set: To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Broadway's Wicked, this new deluxe two-disc CD version of the Wicked cast recording was released. The set features the 19 tracks from the original Broadway cast recording plus nine new tracks, including the hit "Popular Song" by MIKA (featuring Ariana Grande). The CD also comes with an updated souvenir booklet with new, updated essays by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz and Gregory Maguire, the author of "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West," the novel on which the musical is based. Click here to order. 

"Broadway's Carols for a Cure 2013: Volume 15" Two-Disc CD Set: Your holiday season won't be complete without this annual collection of seasonal songs performed by members of the Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre community. Now in its 15th year, this two-disc CD set features 23 songs and mixes holiday classics with new original material. Share the magic with the companies of Kinky Boots, Annie, Pippin, Motown and many more. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click here to order.

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"Staged": "Staged" is Ruby Preston's sequel to the Broadway novel "Showbiz" — about the inner workings of, you guessed it, show business. Here's how the novel is described: "In 'Staged' aspiring Broadway producer Scarlett Savoy has almost everything she needs to make her first musical a huge success — millions in financial backing, a talented (not to mention gorgeous) young director, and a big-name Hollywood starlet as her female lead. But with none of the theatre owners in town willing to back a novice, she's missing the final piece of the puzzle: a Broadway theatre. Just when Scarlett thinks her show might never see the footlights of day, an unexpected meeting with a handsome, eligible son of the Stewart theatrical empire changes her Broadway prospects forever." Click here to order.

The Ultimate Playbill Binder: A devoted theatregoer always needs a place to keep his or her Playbill collection. This custom-made, three-ring binder uses archival quality materials to perfectly preserve Playbill magazine collections for years to come. Click here to order.

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Broadway Cares Classic Collection Shower Curtain: Who wouldn't want to sing in the shower behind this? The Broadway shower curtain includes logos from 42nd Street, Annie Get Your Gun, Avenue Q, Beauty and the Beast, Cabaret, Chicago, A Chorus Line, Company, Fiddler on the Roof, Finian’s Rainbow, Grease, Gypsy, Hairspray, Jersey Boys, Kiss Me, Kate, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia!, The Music Man, The Pajama Game, The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Sweet Charity, West Side Story and Wicked. Click here to order.

The 2012-13 Playbill Broadway Yearbook: The photo-packed (over 4,500 photos this year) collector's item covers all 81 shows that played on Broadway during the 2012-13 season. Now in its ninth edition, The Playbill Broadway Yearbook features everyone who worked on the show — including actors, stagehands, ushers and the entire creative team. Additionally, editor Robert Viagas sought out a correspondent on each production to record a blog-like scrapbook of life backstage on each show. Many include candid photos of the cast at work and play. There are also production photos, photos of Broadway special events (like the Tony Awards and "Gypsy of the Year") and photos of the behind-the-scenes happenings on the Great White Way. Click here to order.

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The Broadway Cares 2013 Show Logos Snow Globe: The latest globe in the annual series features some of your favorite characters from Broadway shows having a friendly snowball fight in Times Square. The base includes the logos from more than 25 Broadway musicals, created by Tony-nominated designer Beowulf Boritt. The inside rotates when wound and plays the holiday favorite "Winter Wonderland," and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item goes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click here to order.

TKTS Gift Certificates: If your theatregoing friends purchase discount Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets through the TKTS Booth, let them choose the show with TKTS Gift Certificates. Gift certificates are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100, so you can give the gift of theatre during the holidays. The gift certificates work like cash at all three of the TKTS Discount Booths (located "under the red steps" in Father Duffy Square on Broadway and 47th Street; Lower Manhattan at South Street Seaport; and Downtown Brooklyn in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Street Promenade). Click here to purchase.

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"Glee: The Complete Fourth Season": Gleek out with the complete fourth season of the Fox hit musical series "Glee," which stars Spring Awakening's Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris, Harry Shum, Jr., Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling and Chord Overstreet. Season Four introduces new members to the New Directions and follows Kurt and Rachel to the fictional New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts (NYADA) in New York City. Click here to purchase.

The Untold Stories of Broadway: Tales from the World's Most Famous Theaters - Volume 1: Written by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, "The Untold Stories of Broadway" features firsthand accounts from actors, directors, producers, stagehands, designers, ushers and more. "Volume 1" is the first in a multi-volume series that will examine 40 legendary Broadway theatres in total. Here's how the book is described: "Do you wish you were in the audience during Barbra Streisand's final performance of Funny Girl on Broadway? Do you wonder how far Jonathan Groff was willing to go to score tickets to Thoroughly Modern Millie? And are you dying to know which beloved TV star and Tony Award winner was caught with his pants down in front of a movie legend? From opening nights to closing nights. From secret passageways to ghostly encounters. From Broadway debuts to landmark productions. Score a front row seat to hear hundreds of stories about the most important stages in the world, seen through the eyes of the producers, actors, stage hands, writers, musicians, company managers, dressers, designers, directors, ushers, and door men who bring The Great White Way to life each night. You'll never look at Broadway the same way again." Click here to purchase. 

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Sardi's Gift Card: Before you take your special someone to a Broadway show, have dinner at Sardi's, the famed eatery in the heart of New York City's theatre district. The restaurant, located at 234 West 44th Street, is known for the hundreds of caricatures of show-business celebrities that adorn its walls. You may also catch some of Broadway's best hanging out at the restaurant's second floor! Click here to purchase.

The 2014 Playbill Cruise: The fourth annual Broadway on the High Seas cruise will visit Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea and the surrounding French Polynesian Islands March 20-29, 2014. This South Pacific adventure will mark Playbill's first privately chartered ship aboard the five-star luxury liner m/s Paul Gauguin. Slated to appear on the cruise are five-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Tony winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lea Salonga, two-time Tony winner Christine Ebersole, and Tony nominees Rebecca Luker, Will Swenson and Danny Burstein. Playbill columnist Seth Rudetsky will return for his fourth year as music director, performer and host. Broadway on the High Seas 4 will be an intimate affair, catering to a limited amount of passengers — 150 cabins only — and will include a two-day stay in Tahiti with a seven-day cruise to the surrounding islands. Judy Perl and the stellar staff of Judy Perl Cruises will once again coordinate all travel arrangements. Call (866) 572-7847 or click here for more information.

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"The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical": The companion book to the Tony Award-winning hit show from the creators of "South Park," Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Tony Award-winning composer Robert Lopez. This coffee-table book is a celebration of the making of Broadway's The Book of Mormon, in which the authors, production team and entire original cast recount their experiences as they grew their show from the initial idea to opening night on Broadway. Features include the complete book and lyrics annotated, the full creative team and cast, along with more than 700 photographs and illustrations. Click here to order.

Broadway Baby Onesie: Your child will be singing "Broadway Baby" from Stephen Sondheim's award-winning Follies in no time! Dress your child, niece, nephew or favorite kid in Broadway gear early on with this Broadway Baby onesie. The 100 percent cotton knit onesie comes in either white or baby blue and fits ages 6-12 months. Click here to purchase.

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"Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of American Theater": Robert Simonson's hardcover book commemorates AEA's 100 years of advancing, promoting and fostering the art of live theatre. The 240-page book, which features a foreword by AEA president Nick Wyman, is illustrated with historical images and over 200 color and black-and-white photographs. In "Performance of the Century," according to Applause Books, "Simonson recounts how Equity stared down not only obdurate producers, but also segregation (on and off the stage), the political turmoil of the blacklist years, and the challenge of the AIDS epidemic, when its members formed what would become Equity Fights AIDS." Click here to purchase.

The Broadway Cares Collection – Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle Ornament: This ornament is the sixth in a series of ornaments celebrating Broadway's great leading ladies. Draped in a navy blue shawl and wearing her artfully distressed apron and skirt, the violet-selling Cockney heroine dreams of a better life somewhere "far away from the cold night air."  This six-inch tall glass ornament was created by Christopher Radko, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this ornament goes to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Click here to order.

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Playbill Store Exclusive! "Newsies: Stories of the Unlikely Broadway Hit": This new book, about the Tony Award-winning Disney musical Newsies, is not available in other stores until 2014. During the summer of 1899, a ragtag band of newsboys stood up against the most powerful newspaper publishers in New York City to demand a fair shake. In the spring of 1992, Disney released a live-action musical film based on these historical events. "Newsies" fueled a fervent (almost cultlike) fan base that ultimately demanded that this story be brought to the stage. Two decades later, after beating countless odds, the musical landed on Broadway and became a veritable hit. The book features more than 100 first-person accounts of the creation and impact of Newsies, from historical research, film, production and stage development through the musical's first anniversary on Broadway. Click here to purchase.

Broadway Poster Frame: PlaybillStore.com's custom-made frames for Broadway window card posters display all 14" by 22" Broadway window card posters and are available in black, silver or gold. Don't forget to buy a brand-new poster for inside! Click here to purchase.

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Shrek the Broadway Musical – Filmed Live on Stage DVD: Everyone's favorite green ogre is now available on DVD! Shrek the Musical, featuring the original Broadway cast, was filmed live on stage in high definition at the Broadway Theatre shortly before the show closed. Starring Brian D'arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber, Daniel Breaker and John Tartaglia, Shrek the Musical features a score by Jeanine Tesori, a book by David Lindsay-Abaire and direction by Jason Moore. The musical is based on the hit 2001 DreamWorks film and 1990 Willam Steig book of the same name. Click here to purchase. 

Be a Broadway Star the Board Game: Do you have what it takes to be a Broadway Star? Find out when you play this new board game. Making it big on Broadway isn't easy. You'll start out in acting school and work you way up to the top, buying pictures and resumes, earning your "Equity" card, getting an agent, going to auditions and maybe even winning a Tony Award! Since this is a Broadway board game, that means you'll have lots of chances to show off your stuff along the journey, with interactive "make or break" cards that might have you singing and dancing on your turn. Click here to purchase. 

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On Broadway: The 2014 Playbill Wall Calendar: This 2014 wall calendar spotlights the Playbill covers from Broadway's longest-running musicals. Each month features a different Playbill cover as well as information and factoids about the show. Playbill covers featured in the 2014 calendar include 42nd Street, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia!, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Wicked, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. Click here to purchase. 

The Music of "Smash": Sheet Music Collection: Every musical theatre enthusiast must be prepared to belt out "Let Me Be Your Star" this holiday season or have a 16-bar cut of "Let's Be Bad" for his or her next audition. This collection of sheet music from the NBC musical drama "Smash" features tunes composed by Tony Award winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. "The Music of 'Smash'" features sheet music to every song on the first season's "The Music of 'Smas'h" album plus the bonus selection "Never Give All the Heart." Song titles include "Touch Me," "Stand," "Who You Are," "Crazy Dreams," "Beautiful," "Haven't Met You Yet," "Shake It Out," "Brighter Than the Sun," "Let Me Be Your Star," "20th Century Fox Mambo," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Let's Be Bad" and "History Is Made at Night." The book also includes color photos from the show. Click here to purchase.