5 Perfect Christmas Gifts for Theater Geeks
You still have the chance to get these presents under the tree.
Looking for that great gift for the theater geek in your life? Need to get a last-minute gift to send to your musical-theater-loving cousin in Washington or your Hamilton-crazed aunt in Arizona? Here are a few items that will hit both the kids and adults on your list.
1. Little Shop of Horrors Pop Vinyl Figures
Funko, makers of action figures, vinyl toys, and other pop culture apparel, has released a new series of vinyl figures inspired by the beloved movie-musical Little Shop of Horrors. Seymour, Audrey, and Orin Scrivello DDS, are available, as is the man-eating plant, Audrey II. This is the ideal, relatively inexpensive gift for the toy collector in your family (and you can even order a bundle of three or more on Amazon).
2. Be More Chill Creeps Shirt
Want to look like Michael (in the Bathroom at a Party)? Order this "CREEPS" shirt — which star George Salazar wears during the Halloween sequence in Be More Chill — from Ghostlight Records. If that's not your jam, Ghostlight has a whole lot of Be More Chill show merch, from window card posters to "BOYF" patches to red solo cups. So fill up your wagon.
3. Singing You Home: Children's Songs for Family Reunification
Also from Ghostlight Records comes the new bilingual children's album Singing You Home: Children's Songs for Family Reunification. Conceived by Laura Benanti, the album features Broadway favorites like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, and more, with a substantial portion of the proceeds going to the nonprofit organizations RAICES and ASTEP, in order to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
4. Audible Theater Recordings
Missed the recent productions of Harry Clarke with Billy Crudup, Feeding the Dragon with Sharon Washington, John Lithgow's Stories by Heart, or Girls & Boys starring Carey Mulligan? Fear not. These solo shows have been recorded as audio books as part of the new Audible Theater initiative. While there's a wide range of prices (Mulligan's heartbreaking turn is $6.95, while Lithgow's is $14.95), you can get one of these four audios for free with a 30-day Audible trial.
5. Hamilton 2019 Day-to-Day Calendar
Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning musical, this calendar celebrates both the theatrical production and the American history on which it's based. Depending on the day, you might see lyrics from Miranda's score, excerpts from Alexander Hamilton's own speeches, or even markers of historical occurrences. (Don't forget to celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette's birthday on September 16.) Perfect for the Hamilton fan who wants to learn more about the real-life events surrounding the show.