Friday, November 26, 2010

Black Friday: My Broadway Gift List

Today is the heaviest shopping day of the year.  And if you can wait, Cyber Monday is full of great deals for online shoppers.  I think everything I list below is available online at Amazon, (The Store) and,, or  (Most of my recommendations have reviews to read... click on the list to your right or the "Reviews" tab above.

I've been a good boy this year, Santa.  Really I have... and so here are a few things I'd like to see under my tree.  And I also made a list of suggestions for your elves to makes for other theatre loving fans!

Cast Recordings/DVDs:  I am WAY behind on my collection...

Jeff's Wish List

  • The New Broadway Cast Recording of La Cage aux Folles
  • Sondheim on Sondheim
  • Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
  • The Scottsboro Boys

  • Sondheim!  The Birthday Celebration

For Others' Enjoyment
  • The New Broadway Cast Recording of Promises, Promises: Great orchestrations and awesome vocals from Kristin and Sean!
  • The New Broadway Cast Recording of A Little Night Music:  Complete as can be for Sondheim fans, and nearly every word Angela Lansbury said or sang is included.
  • Memphis: This year's Tony winner has a fun score that you can learn quickly and sing your heart out to...
  • The Broadway Cast Recording of American Idiot: Not to be confused with the Green Day album (also good) of the best sounding OBCR's in years!

  • Were the World Mine: An AWESOME movie
  • The Complete First Season of Glee: Do I really need to say why I recommend this?  OK...the extras are really great...almost as as great as the show!

Theatre Books:

Jeff's Wish List

  • Finishing the Hat by Stephen Sondheim
  • The 6th Annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook
  • Broadway Musicals: The Biggest Hit and the Biggest Flop of the Season 1959 - 2009 by Peter Filichia
  • A Memoir by Patti LuPone (I also wouldn't mind the book on cd version, read by Ms. LuPone hereself!)

For Others' Enjoyment

  • The 1st - 5th Annual Playbill Broadway Yearbook: An absolute must for Broadway fans... great organization, details, pictures and fun behind the scenes stuff!  And they are all on clearance at the Playbill Store...all 5 together cost LESS than 1 full priced book!
  • Spring Awakening: In the Flesh: a great read, plus the complete script!  Fans of the show NEED this book!

Show Merchandise:

Jeff's Wish List
  • An archival quality Playbill binder for modern Playbills
  • Window Cards: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Scottsboro Boys (Broadway versions), Broadway Bares XX: Strip-opoply
  • An Addams Family deck of cards and/or a Lurch water bottle
  • A program from Million Dollar Quartet

For Others' Enjoyment
  • An archival quality Playbill binder for modern Playbills
  • Window Cards: Finian's Rainbow (Broadway revival) - so pretty!, A Playbill Poster for the 2009-2010 season (4th in the Series) (Shown: 3rd in the Series)
  • The Pop-up Wicked book
  • A program from American Idiot and/or La Cage aux Folles
And always good to give or get: TKTS gift certificates!  A great cause, and a great way to make shows even more affordable!
Have any gift ideas?  Books, cds or dvds to recommend?  PLEASE share!  Email me at, leave a comment here or Tweet me!

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