Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s nearly Christmas Day. In just one short week you’ll be expected to have presents ready under the tree. Don’t worry. In fact, procrastinators rejoice! We’ve got some last minute gift ideas for the Broadway lover in your life. Most of these gifts can be picked up in your neighborhood, but in a pinch, you can rush the deliveries and be safe for the big day. Check out our 2012 holiday gift guide.

Stephen Sondheim, Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat
Finishing the Hat was named one if New York Times 10 BestBooks of 2012 and the follow-up is just as fun. The books feature excluded songs, early drafts and the lyrics to Sondheim’s greatest works. It’s essential for theater enthusiasts.

Broadway: The Musical by Michael Kantor
This book is a companion to the PBS documentary series Broadway: The American Musical. It’s a pretty comprehensive history of the musical-from the 29th century to the current condition. Tons of illustrations and photographs, coupled with in-depth text make this book perfect for those with casual interest and the Broadway fanatic.

Showbiz by Ruby Preston
A factionalized behind-the-scenes account of the glamorous world of Broadway by Ruby Preston. The book is packed with theatre gossip, opening night intrigue and backstage romance. It’s just itching to be your guilty pleasure. For more information, visit Ruby’s website.

The Book if Mormon: the Testament of a Broadway Musical
The authors, production team and the entire original cast detail the show from idea to fruition. its complete with book and lyrics annotated by the full creative team and cast , plus more than 700 photographs and illustrations. Whether you need a gift for someone to hassle the show and is obsessed or someone who hasn’t been able to snag a ticket, this book is perfect.

Pitch Perfect
A musical tale off collegiate a Capella– Glee and The Sing Off fans will get a kick out of this movie. Throw in the soundtrack and book (the Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory) for a well rounded gift.

Killer Joe
The first play by authors of August: Osage County, Tracy Letts, is now a movie, starring Matthew McConaughy. The DVD will be released December 21, just in time for the holiday. The film is not for the faint of heart. The dark comedy is darker and bloodier than the stage version, which was already pretty dark and bloody. Just what you want for Christmas…

Les Miserables Movie Soundtrack
Enough said. The sound track, featuring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and so many more will be released December 21.

Movie Tickets!
As an extension of the previous tip, go pick up some tickets for the opening day release of the Les Miserable motion picture. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer. This movie is getting a lot of buzz and the theaters are all ready selling out.
Also, tickets to Zero Dark Thirty and This is 40, featuring a couple of your favorite Broadway stars, Jessica Castain and Paul Rudd are a solid gift option.