Gift Guide: The best Broadway shows to gift this season from $29
Give the gift of theatre this holiday season! A Broadway ticket might not be the most exciting thing to unwrap (unless you pair it with a tangible, show-related gift), but it’s the start of a whole experience that keeps on giving. A trip to the theatre is a reason to spend a day out in the city with your loved ones — but with so many people on your list and so many shows to choose from, where do you start?
Read below for some of the top shows to get as gifts this year for your friends, grandparents, partner, and anyone in between. You can find all the shows in one place on TodayTix. Broadway tickets make a great gift for everyone on your list because there are so many shows to choose from. From musical comedies to dramatic plays to music/dance/theatre hybrids, you can find tickets to a show that fits everyone’s taste. And if you’re not quite sure what tickets to buy, get a TodayTix gift card — which are 10% off right now — and let them choose!
TodayTix gift card
Of course, this one’s not a show, but a TodayTix gift card is a gateway to many shows! A TodayTix gift card lets the recipient pick the perfect show — or shows — on their own schedule. Luckily, they’ll have you, the theatre enthusiast, to help them pick. And since TodayTix uses e-gift cards, they won’t have to worry about losing it. Just have them download the TodayTix app if they haven’t already, and all they have to do is enter a gift card code at checkout!
The Book of Mormon
Buying holiday gifts can be as nerve-wracking as a spooky Mormon hell dream. So why not get The Book of Mormon tickets on TodayTix and save yourself the stress of traveling far and wide to find the perfect gift at a store? And the recipient will get a laughter-filled night at the theatre, especially if they’re a fan of South Park’s humor style. In the irreverent and hilarious The Book of Mormon, two missionaries are sent to convert the inhabitants of a Ugandan village who abandoned God long ago.
Give Company tickets to the people who help you survive being alive, be they your partner, your parents, or the ladies who lunch with you every weekend. Sharing a trip to Company on Broadway is a great way to show your appreciation for them and spend some time in their good, well, company. The musical centers on a 35-year-old woman who has yet to settle down, and she and her friends debate the pros and cons of marriage at her 35th birthday party.
David Byrne’s American Utopia
Getting a gift for someone who likes music and theatre? Don’t know whether to get them a concert ticket or a show ticket? David Byrne’s American Utopia, a theatrical rock concert led by the former Talking Heads frontman, offers both in one. Byrne plays new music from the titular album alongside some of his biggest ’80s hits that longtime Talking Heads fans will recognize. But you don’t need to be familiar with Byrne to find yourself grooving along to the music of the show and relating to his anecdotes.
Dear Evan Hansen
The six-time Tony-winning Dear Evan Hansen makes a perfect gift to let friends and family know they’re loved and seen. The musical follows a high school outcast who gets stuck in a lie in order to gain acceptance and comfort a peer’s parents — but in the process, he starts a social movement to remind anyone who feels lonely that “you will be found.” What better gift to show someone your love? We’ll even help you write the gift tag: “Dear [your friend], today is going to be a great day and here’s why. I got us Dear Evan Hansen tickets!”
Girl From the North Country
Get a Girl From the North Country ticket for someone, and it’s sure to make them feel your love. The show isn’t your typical Broadway spectacular — the mellow discography of Bob Dylan drives an equally somber show about the guests and owners of an inn in Great Depression-era Minnesota and how they change each other’s lives. But if you know someone who isn’t a fan of spectacle but is a fan of live classic music, this show is for them. Dylan’s shows have been powerfully rearranged for the ensemble and are played on instruments from the 1930s.
Everyone loves a touching love story, and Hadestown tells a few that have endured for millennia. Anaïs Mitchell’s musical adapts the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus takes a dangerous trip to rescue his wife from the underworld, for the present day and sets the tale to jazz and folk music. With eight Tony Awards to its name including Best Musical, there’s no denying there’s plenty to love about Hadestown, and Hadestown tickets are great for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Truth. Beauty. Freedom. Love. And generosity. The Bohemian ideals that lie at the dazzling, spectacular heart of Moulin Rouge! The Musical — and what giving someone a ticket to the show exemplifies. Based on the beloved Baz Luhrmann film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical follows the showmance between a writer and the star showgirl at a Parisian nightclub. If you can’t take your own love to Paris for the holidays, taking them to the Al Hirschfeld Theatre — which has been transformed into the lavish nightclub, complete with grandiose sets and the iconic red windmill — is a pretty good option instead. (Did we mention the show won 10 Tony Awards?)
Get a gift that will bring the whole family together! Mrs. Doubtfire is a musical comedy adaptation of the classic Robin Williams film, in which a divorced father attempts to reconnect with his his own family by disguising himself as a nanny to spend time with his kids. Mrs. Doubtfire tickets are the perfect gift that everyone in your family can enjoy at the theatre together, from elderly grandparents to the littlest poppets.
Thoughts of a Colored Man
A ticket to Thoughts of a Colored Man is a great way to introduce friends and family to a fresh type of onstage storytelling. The show takes place throughout one day in Brooklyn, where seven Black men meet and share their deepest thoughts, feelings, dreams, fears, and victories with each other. They tell their stories through a mix of music, dance, poetry, spoken word, and good old-fashioned dialogue, so Thoughts of a Colored Man tickets are perfect for people who like all types of entertainment.
To Kill a Mockingbird
We all have a bookworm friend, the one who reads as many books as you see shows. But if you don’t want to get them a Barnes & Noble gift card again or a novel they probably already read, get them tickets to see one of the most iconic pieces of American literature come to life on stage. To Kill a Mockingbird centers around the trial of an innocent Black man, represented in court by the lawyer Atticus Finch. Atticus’s daughter Scout recounts the fallout from the trial through her eyes, as well as her memories of her father leading up to the event.