Theatre Gift Guide: Gift these Broadway and Off-Broadway shows this holiday season
Check out our recommendations for the best theatre tickets to give everyone on your list this year.
Theatre tickets make an ideal gift, especially right now. You don't have to wait in long lines to get them, and you can always find a ticket for a different day or show if one is sold out, unlike a popular toy or the newest tech gadget. Plus, most theatres provide e-tickets now or you can pick them up at the box office. Either way, you don't have to worry about the tickets getting lost in the mail or not arriving in time for Christmas. And you don't have to spend time and money on wrapping paper and tape, just to have to clean it all up and throw it away later.
But perhaps the best reason of all to get a theatre ticket for everyone on your holiday shopping list is that it's more than a thing; it's an experience. A theatre ticket is the start of a special memory that you can share with whoever you're giving a ticket to. Get one for yourself as well, and you can enjoy a show as part of a date night, a family bonding trip, or a night out with friends.
There are dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows that would make great gifts for all sorts of people, from your theatre-obsessed friends to your old-fashioned parents to kids, teachers, dates, grandparents, and more. We've hand-picked a few shows to get your gifting started.
Broadway shows to gift
Tickets to any Broadway show make a great gift for theatre lovers, and we've rounded up a few shows that make great gifts for parents, friends, partners, and new Broadway fans.
Take friends, family, or a date to a whole new world at Aladdin. A ticket to this Disney hit, based on the 1992 film, is perfect for anyone who loves a musical spectacle and plenty of classic theatrical magic — and a flying carpet's only the half of it.
The Book of Mormon
With a hit Broadway run of 10 years and counting, The Book of Mormon is a great way to introduce a casual or first-time theatregoer to musical comedy. Anyone who likes South Park and its sense of humor will be treated to plenty of laughs with a ticket to this musical.
As a musical centered around a birthday party that celebrates friendships and relationships — albeit including the difficulties they can sometimes bring — Company is practically tailor-made to be a gift for your friends, and yourself, to have a night out together.
David Byrne's American Utopia
Gifting someone an American Utopia ticket is like getting them a concert ticket and a theatre ticket all in one. The show is especially perfect for David Byrne, Talking Heads, and/or '80s music fans, but people of any age can have fun rocking out to Byrne's music and hearing stories from his life.
Dear Evan Hansen
If words fail to express your appreciation for someone, show them instead with a gift of Dear Evan Hansen tickets. You will be found bonding at this heartfelt musical at the Music Box Theatre.
Girl from the North Country
Set in the 1930s and scored with Bob Dylan's old-school, soulful songs, Girl from the North Country is a great gift for people who might not go for flashy musicals, but enjoy simpler, yet equally moving, entertainment.
Get Hadestown tickets for someone and they'll be livin' it up on top. It's a perfect show to gift a significant other, as the musical tells an epic love story from ancient Greek mythology that's just as stirring now.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
A Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ticket is nothing short of a magical gift that will leave a recipient of any age spellbound. You can even make a whole Harry Potter-themed experience out of your gift, coupling the show with a trip to the Harry Potter store in Manhattan to get merch and butterbeer while you're in the city.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
If a trip to Paris isn't in the cards, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is the next best gift. The musical fully immerses you in the Bohemian nightclub, and with 10 Tony Awards to its name including Best Musical, the show is a certified spectacular perfect for pop music lovers, fans of the 2001 movie, or anyone looking to escape the routine of daily life for a few hours.
Tickets to Mrs. Doubtfire are a great gift everyone from the youngest poppets to your family members that are Doubtfire's (apparent) age. Going to the show all together is a great way to bring the family closer.
Thoughts of a Colored Man
With dance, music, poetry, spoken word, and more as part of the show, the joyous Thoughts of a Colored Man is a great show for people who like all kinds of entertainment.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Based on one of the most classic American novels of all time, a To Kill a Mockingbird ticket makes a great gift for a bookworm, a teacher, a mentor, or the lifelong friend that read it in high school English class with you.
Off-Broadway shows to gift
If you're buying a gift for a longtime theatre fan who's seen everything on Broadway, introduce them to the equally varied world of Off-Broadway musicals and plays.
Blue Man Group
If you're looking for a nontraditional gift for a first-time theatregoer, get Blue Man Group tickets. They've probably at least heard the name and, while they're playing music on paint-splattered drums and other unconventional instruments, the Blue Men are learning just as much about the world of the theatre as the audience is.
Is There Still Sex in the City?
Whether you're buying for a Sex and the City fan, your girl gang, or your mom, Is There Still Sex and the City? makes a perfect gift, as they'll get to sip cosmopolitans while listening to true tales from the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, Candace Bushnell.
A ticket to the Jersey Boys musical, offering a lively night of all the Four Seasons' greatest hits, might make the recipient think it's just too good to be true.
Love Actually? An Unauthorized Musical Parody
Fans of the 2003 rom-com will love all the references to the cult classic film, and non-rom-com fans will enjoy making fun of it right alongside the creators with this parody. It's a win-win gift for anyone on your list, especially anyone looking for holiday-themed cheer.
Including an immersive burlesque-circus-opera show, treats, and themed cocktails, a ticket to Nutcracker Rouge isn't just a gift — it's an experience, perfect for your friends or significant other looking for a fun night out.
Stomp is a great gift for drummers, crossword puzzle lovers, and anyone who finds music in everything — even things like garbage cans and water. These ordinary objects and more are used in the show to make catchy percussive rhythms.
Trevor: The Musical
Telling the story of a 13-year-old boy learning to accept his true self, Trevor: The Musical tickets are a perfect gift for anyone looking for a little confidence, courage, or just plain happiness.