Don’t know what to get the theater nerd in your life? We’ve got some suggestions below.
It’s the holiday season once again, and finding the right present for the theater geek in your life is a delicate task. If you don’t know what to get that person, here are some suggestions from TheatreMania.com.
TheaterMania Gold Subscription
You may already know about TheaterMania’s incredible daily discounts to shows on Broadway and beyond, but do you know about Gold? TheaterMania’s members-only club offers complimentary and deeply discounted tickets to theater across New York. Gold has something for everyone — theater, concerts, lectures, comedy, dance, and other cultural events. You can see as many shows as you like over the course of your membership.
Alongside Gold, we also have a nifty Broadway merchandise store, featuring all the products you’d see at the back of the house in a Broadway theater: programs, pins, hats, socks, posters, and many others, with shows ranging from Beetlejuice to Some Like It Hot, and this season’s hit productions of Gutenberg!, Merrily We Roll Along, and Spamalot. Get your gifts here.
Streaming Theater Subscriptions
If you love seeing shows but can’t regularly make it in person, a streaming theater subscription might be the next best thing. Here are two services that will undoubtedly satisfy your craving:
Direct from London, National Theatre at Home features the professionally filmed productions from this legendary venue, with new titles added each month.
Meanwhile, BroadwayHD has recent hits alongside all-time classics.
Founded by Laura Heywood (better known as social media personality BroadwayGirlNYC) and Susan Vargo, Applause Shop is a charitable online marketplace that re-homes theatrical paraphernalia including programs, sippy cups, opening night gifts, merchandise, and more, with a portion of sales going to organizations like Broadway Cares, Cancer Support Community, Planned Parenthood, and more. It’s run as an eBay store, so if you’re really desperate for something, you’ll have to place the highest bid.
Coffee Table Books, Plays, and Literature
We all know that Barbra Streisand’s memoir is at the top of most people’s gift lists this year, but here are some other suggestions for the theater-inclined in your life.
Beginning in the late 1960s, artist David Edward Byrd pioneered a visual style that have come to design the poster art of legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead, alongside the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and the original Broadway productions of Follies, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Little Shop of Horrors. In the new coffee table book Poster Child, Byrd’s artwork, notes, sketches, and encounters are documented together for the first time.
This November marked the 400th anniversary of the publication of the Shakespeare’s First Folio, containing 36 of his plays. In collaboration with the British Library, Rizzoli New York recently released a hardcover facsimile of the book, clocking in at 928 pages.
And our choice for the best gift of all: A Subscription to Your Local Theater
Look, we don’t know where you live. But we all know that local theaters are hurting in the wake of the pandemic. Consider subscribing to your community theatre — not only will it enrich your life, but it could save them from the brink of extinction.