Gift Guide: Share the gift of theatre with friends and family this holiday season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — when we get to spend quality time with family and friends (or cherish some much needed solo time), celebrate the things we love, and share gifts and experiences that bring us joy.
While supply chain and shipping issues might have some people worried about gifts arriving on time or you’re looking for ways to be more sustainable with your gift giving this year, why not share a night at the theatre? It won’t get stuck in the mail or damage the planet, and you’ll have a memory to cherish forever.
Get the best deals on theatre tickets to some of the top shows on Broadway and in the West End on TodayTix. Check out our theatre gift guide recommendations below, and share the gift of theatre with everyone on your list.
For the mom who wants everyone to be together for the holidays…Come From Away
This heartfelt and moving story about a small town in Newfoundland who came together to take care of thousands of stranded passengers on Sept. 11, 2001 has the uplifting message of community we all need right now. And mom is certain to feel the love if you share this memorable show with her. (But she still might not forget that you didn’t come home last year.)
For the brother who swears he “doesn’t like musicals”…The Book of Mormon
We all have that friend or family member, who swears they’re “just not a theatre person.” Well, no one says they’re “not a music person” or “not a movie person,” so why not convince them they’re wrong with a trip to this hilarious show from the creators of South Park? Follow two Mormon missionaries on their unexpected trip to Uganda, and laugh along the way. That brother will change his theatre-hating tune in no time.
For the uncle who loves a practical joke…The Play That Goes Wrong
Do you have that uncle who loves to play tricks on everyone at dinner? Is he always laughing when someone falls down or sits on his expertly placed whoopie cushion? Are you tired of being the subject of all of his pranks? May we suggest a trip to The Play That Goes Wrong? The laugh-out-loud comedy about an acting troupe attempting to mount a show is full of hijinks and hilarious stunts (and it will give you a break from all the bad jokes at dinner).
For the dad who loves classic radio and old records…Jersey Boys
We all know (or have) that dad who loves to wax nostalgic, particularly when it comes to music. Sure they might not care about Olivia Rodrigo or Billie Eilish, but maybe it’s time you familiarize yourself with some classic artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons? Jersey Boys tells the story of the band’s journey to fame and chart-toppers like Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” No one will be crying after enjoying this lively night out at the theatre!
For the teen who won’t get off TikTok…Dear Evan Hansen
Spoiler alert: Dear Evan Hansen is not just for high schoolers. In fact, the emotional show about a troubled teen struggling to find connection in the wake of tragedy has something for everyone in the family. However, if you’re looking to tear the teen in your life away from their phone screen, chances are, they’re already a fan of this Tony-winning hit from watching videos on TikTok.
For the significant other you want to impress…Moulin Rouge! The Musical
We know, we know, you love each other no matter what, and the greatest gift is just getting to be together. You’re adorable. But doesn’t everyone deserve a special night out on the town experiencing an epic love story onstage? Take a (theatrical) trip to Paris for this spectacular, spectacular show about struggling writer Christian who falls for the nightclub “sparkling diamond” Satine at the turn of the century in this show-stopping musical based on the iconic Baz Luhrmann film.
For the mentor who always inspires you…To Kill a Mockingbird
Whether it’s a boss, teacher, or parent, it’s important to have people to look up to, go to for advice, and admire. That’s a role Atticus Finch fulfills for his children in Harper Lee’s classic story To Kill a Mockingbird, which Aaron Sorkin has masterfully adapted for the stage. But heroes and mentors are not faultness, and To Kill a Mockingbird explores the challenges and hurdles Atticus must face as he navigates a divided community in the deep South.
For the “cool aunt” who knows how to party…Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
They’re not a regular aunt, they’re a “cool aunt”! You know that aunt (or any of your parents’ friends) who always snuck you into the movies you weren’t supposed to see or let you sip her beer before you were of age? That’s the person you should take to see Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, where you can both learn about the turbulent life and incredible musical journey of the rock ‘n’ roll icon. It’s simply the best!
For your hip grandma…Mrs. Doubtfire
The titular character is a granny-like nanny (well, a dad disguised as one) who wants to spend quality time with his kids, so there’s no better show to see with your own grandma! Especially if your grandma, like Mrs. Doubtfire, uses old-fashioned pet names like “poppets” and “dearie” — but also knows how to bring the party at family functions.
For your old-fashioned grandpa…Girl From the North Country
If you’re grandpa doesn’t quite get the newfangled music and spectacle that entertains the kids these days, Girl From the North Country offers plenty of nostalgia and simplicity. The musical is scored with the classic songs of Bob Dylan, played on authentic instruments from the 1930s. It’s the perfect show to entertain your grandpa who loves his traditions and memories.
For the high school frenemy…Heathers: The Musical
How very generous of you. High school might be in the past, but old habits die hard. Luckily, we’re all a little more mature than we were back then, and chances are that pal you “loved to pretend you hate” might be a close friend now. Well, you can reminisce about your storied past at Heathers, the dark (very dark) comedy about what it takes to stay in with the “cool crowd.”
For the chronically single wingwoman…Company
Meet Bobbie: single at 35 and all her friends can’t wait to debate her dating life. However, does all that really matter? That’s the question Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical posits, and in this new twist on the show, featuring a female “Bobbie” instead of the typical male “Bobby,” the lessons land a little differently. Join the ladies who lunch and find out what being alive means at Company. The show is waiting for you.
For the boss who challenges you to be your best…The Lehman Trilogy
You don’t have to work in banking or finance to love The Lehman Trilogy. In fact, the epic drama is really a family story about brothers who moved to America with a dream (which just happened to, spoiler alert, tragically fail.) You’ll impress your boss with your cultured theatre taste, and it will also give you some more quality face time with the person in charge for that end of the year review coming up. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be a great night of theatre.
For the girl gang you always travel with…Mamma Mia!
Travel is finally back on the books, and it’s time to get the girls trip crew back together for a night at the theatre! Where better to go than to a Greek island, where Sophie is trying to determine the identity of her father among three of her mother Donna’s former suitors. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll dance. Who could want anything more for a night on the town with the ladies?
For that new Tinder match you’ve been eyeing: Hadestown
Is your fate written in the stars? There’s only one way to find out: at Hadestown on Broadway. You don’t need to be a Greek mythology master to enjoy this age-old tale about love, destiny, and the gods. The Tony-winning musical is sure to impress any match you swipe right on, and whether its meant to be or not, you’ll always have your magical night on Broadway together.
For the theatre lover in your life…Caroline, or Change
Anyone can appreciate the incredible score and amazing story of Caroline, or Change, but the theatre fan in your life will really fall for this show. With an Olivier-winning performance from Sharon D Clarke, a score from the one-and-only Jeanine Tesori, and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner, it’s a theatre’s nerd’s fantasy.
For the frequent concertgoer…David Byrne’s American Utopia
We all have that one friend who sees as many concerts as you see theatre shows. American Utopia, a concert/theatre hybrid of a show, is the perfect way for you two to finally experience something together that you’ll both enjoy. Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne leads a rocking revue of his classic hits and recent music. There’s even a part where you can get up and groove along, just like at a concert!
For your crush who’s looking for a bit of magic…Aladdin
It’s a whole new world on Broadway! One we bet you’d like to explore with that new apple of your eye. So why not ask them out to a night on Broadway at the Disney classic? You’ll be flirting on a magic carpet together in no time.