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 curated list of shows to get your gifting started.
Broadway shows to gift
Broadway show tickets 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.
Gift this show to: Millennials who grew up listening to Top 40 radio, your karaoke-obsessed friend
Featuring 30 pop hits from Bon Jovi to Britney Spears to NSYNC, & Juliet is the perfect gift for a nostalgic millennial or anyone looking to have two and a half hours of pure fun. Go along with Juliet, of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, as she goes on a journey to Paris to find herself rather than ending it all over Romeo.
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Gift this show to: Families who take an annual trip to Disney, significant others looking for a fun date-night outing
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.
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The Book of Mormon
Gift this show to: Anyone except a priest
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.
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A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Gift this show to: Your parents who know all his albums, Red Sox fans
Good gifts never seemed so good. If you know someone who grew up on Diamond's music and has followed his multi-decade career, take them to A Beautiful Noise, which provides an in-depth look at his life and career through the lens of all his timeless hit songs.
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Gift this show to: True crime podcast fans, first-time Broadway theatregoers
Chicago is the second-longest-running Broadway show of all time and, since The Phantom of the Opera closed in 2023, the longest currently running show. This Kander and Ebb classic, with sleek moves and a script co-created by Bob Fosse, has razzle-dazzled audiences since 1996 with the story of two 1920s murderesses who compete to win over the press and the public to get acquitted — and get famous.
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Gift this show to: People who know every underground artist in the local indie scene, anyone obsessed with Greek mythology in high school
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.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Gift this show to: People who grew up with the books and movies, people who love magic and illusion shows
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
Gift this show to: Hopeless romantics, your friend that keeps looking at flights to France
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.
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Gift this show to: Your closest group of girlfriends, anyone planning a bachelorette party, anyone getting over a breakup
Get your friends tickets to the feminist musical that's still ruling Broadway. Six features Henry VIII's six wives as a contemporary girl group, sharing their lives as queens in their own words and competing over who gets to lead the band. Anyone on your gift list will lose their head once they unwrap Six tickets.
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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.
The Play that Goes Wrong
Gift this show to: Comedy club regulars, anyone who's ever performed in theatre themselves
Anyone who needs a good laugh will get one — two hours' worth of them, in fact — at this long-running slapstick show. People of all ages can find humor in the Cornley Drama Society, an amateur group who tries to stage an original murder mystery play. Things go hilariously haywire in every way you can imagine and plenty of ways you can't.
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Gift this show to: People who've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, Celine Dion fans
This queer, campy parody adaptation of Titanic boasts a boatload of up-to-the-minute pop culture references, laughs, and good old pizzazz. Celine Dion, who famously sang the theme song for James Cameron's movie, is the main character in this show, singing all her greatest hits while retelling her own kooky version of what happened to Jack and Rose.
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Little Shop of Horrors
Gift this show to: Fans of the movie, fans of campy (and not-too-scary) horror
This horror comedy about a hapless flower shop worker and a flesh-eating plant is a fan favorite, and the latest revival has been blossoming off Broadway since 2019. Hear songs like "Somewhere That's Green" and "Skid Row" performed in an intimate venue — just watch out for the plant's snapping jaws, especially if you're close to the front!
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Gift this show to: Parents looking for a kid-free date night, people who've seen the traditional Nutcracker more times than they can count
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.
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Sleep No More
Gift this show to: Haunted house and haunted maze lovers, anyone who wishes masquerade balls were still popular
Don't just gift a show this holiday — gift an experience. Fans of Shakespeare and classic movies alike will love Sleep No More, an immersive adaptation of Macbeth inspired by the aesthetic of Alfred Hitchcock's films. Explore five floors of the McKittrick Hotel, and if you're lucky, you might come upon a secret room or interact with the actors.
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