The Top 10 Broadway Gifts this Holiday Season (Our Holiday Gift Guide for 2021)

If you’ve been in a Starbucks over the last two weeks, and seen the red and green plastered on every sign, cup and barista, then you know that the holiday season is already in full swing.

And one of our favorite holiday traditions is coming up with 10 Broadway-themed gifts for the theater-lover in your life.

Or you.  Because I don’t know about you, but my favorite form of self-care is buying myself something.  🙂

So, to give you some time before Black Friday, here are our picks for Broadway gifts (or places to find them) for this season:

  1. Yep, this year, get TICKETS!

In case you haven’t heard, Broadway is back!  And all the shows could use as many ticket buyers as possible as they get back on their feet.  Give the gift of a specific show or get a  Telecharge gift card or a Ticketmaster gift certificate to give them your theater-loving friend or family the freedom to choose their own theatrical adventure.

2. This place has a hundred ideas.

Get thee to the Drama Book Shop if you’re looking for a gift idea, or grab a gift certificate instead (because whoever you give it to will love browsing the shelves.)  And you’ll be helping support this Broadway landmark, that was rescued by none other than new owners Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffrey Seller, and James L Nederlander). So get anything from them and you’ll be helping keep this legendary brick and mortar alive.

3. Next year, we’re doing this in person!

In case you haven’t heard, our 6th Annual TheaterMakers Summit will be LIVE and IN PERSON on 11/12 & 11/13 2022!  That means whoever you gift a ticket to will not only get to hear expert advice on theatermaking, but will be able to network with hundreds of other theatermakers just like them.

Grab a ticket to the IN PERSON 6th Annual TheaterMakers Summit here.

4. Making music easier.

If you weren’t aware, music is kind of an important part of creating musical theater. So why not give the composer in your life the gift of convenience and organization with the top music notation software in the biz. They’ll be so excited, they might even write you a song about it!

Get Finale here!

5. A coffee table book of advice.

Cast of Mentors has a permanent place on my desk.  Not just because I wrote it.  But because I use it! Cast of Mentors is filled with bite-sized advice from 50 of the smartest theatermakers in the biz including Tony-winners, Oscar-winners and Pulitzer Prize-winners.  It’s a great little gift that doesn’t cost a lot, but can teach you a ton.

Get Cast of Mentors today.

6. The best scriptwriting software period.

This one is for the writers out there, or for the person in your life who always says, “I’ve got this great idea for a script.”  Give them this and tell them to get cracking. Final Draft not only formats your scripts perfectly, but it literally gets you writing faster.  It’s what I use. And all the professional writers I know use.

Take advantage of Final Draft’s Black Friday sale right now.

7. The only Broadway Board Game . . . Be A Broadway Star.

Yes, yes, we created this game.  But for those of you who think we’re just stumping for our own stuff, click here and look at all the amazing reviews.  Be A Broadway Star is Broadway’s ONLY board game.  It’s a mashup between charades and “Life” and is a ton of fun (and yes, adults, there is also a drinking version). These tend to go FAST during the holiday shopping season so make sure you grab yours while it’s available!  (Supply Chain issues may make late orders difficult to deliver on time!)

Give the give of Broadway fun and games here.

8. The Phantom isn’t the only one who needs a mask.

All NYC theaters are requiring masks, so why not show up in style?! Plus, these masks are independently made, so you can support small businesses and theater at the same time!

Show your Broadway pride and keep your fellow theatergoers safe today.

9. Train For The Tony

TMS is a digital training program and community for TheaterMakers at all stages in the process.  If you’re a writer, producer, director, or actor and you want to get a show on a stage, find a producer, meet other writers, and more . . . this is the place for you.

As a lifetime member, you’ll have access to our certification courses covering all stages of the development process, monthly group coaching calls with my team of experts, access to our Facebook Community, a literal treasure trove of resources, checklists, execution plans, and a ton more! This is a perfect way to show the theatermakers in your life that you’re invested in their careers and want to see them thrive.

Train for the Tony Award. Start today.

10. Streaming is NOT going away.

Another great gift for the Broadway lover who may be a plane, train or automobile away from the Great White Way . . . but still wants to see everything they can get their eyeballs on.  Get ’em a subscription to BroadwayHD or BroadStream and they’ll be able to watch their favorite shows – plus exciting and exclusive originals – until the sun comes up!

Already have these 10? Here are 5 more . . .

  1. Unprotected by Billy Porter
  2. Hooked by Sutton Foster 
  3. Action Journal for Artists
  4. Playbill Binder
  5. Broadway Merch


Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.