As the holidays approach, we are all in search for that memorable, one-of-a-kind gift that will hold special meaning for our loved ones. A trip to a Broadway show can most certainly fit that bill. But, how do you pick the perfect show to match the individual? Fortunately, we are on hand to help you connect the right ticket to the right personality.
The Santa Claus - Aladdin
There are those who approach Christmas like Santa Claus himself, determined to make every wish come true. Much akin to the Genie in the musical Aladdin, their purpose is anchored in the giving of the season. For these selfless, kind-hearted, wish granters, the perfect gift is to take them to see Aladdin where they may see a piece of themselves onstage. The Genie grants only three wishes, so it may help our magnanimous loved one to learn how to set limits on their generosity. What is perfect about Aladdin is that it is the perfect family show, so this adventure can be given and shared by all!
The Christmas Cynic: Chicago
Where the holidays are concerned, there is the occasional Grinch who brings cynicism to the festivities. Despite their anti-Christmas stance, it is in the spirit of the season that we treat even the most negative amongst us to a Broadway outing. What show is perfect for the Christmas cynic? Why, Chicago, of course! An edgy musical about murder and celebrity in the 1920s, this jazzy, long-running hit will be the antidote to a lack of Yuletide cheer. It’s also a terrific show full of catchy Kander and Ebb music and Bob Fosse-inspired dance!
The Nostalgist: Back to the Future
Some people like to reminisce about the past, always recalling the holidays of yesteryear, reveling in how perfect they seemingly were in comparison to now. For those who like to take a walk down memory lane, why not buy them a ticket to Back to the Future? Whether it is the 1950s or the 1980s, this new musical is a chance to take a jaunt back to easier, more innocent times. Marty McFly doesn’t have it easier, racing against time to save his parents’ relationship, ensuring his very existence, however, your loved one will enjoy this blast from the past!
The Holiday Baker: Sweeney Todd
We all know someone who makes holiday baking into an obsessive quest for both quality and quantity. Cakes, cookies, and pies galore are their yearly specialties, and we stand in awe of their culinary achievements. On Broadway, that cook of notoriety is Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Now, we are not going to share any of her recipes here, but we know that any true holiday baker who thinks outside of the box will relish an opportunity to visit her kitchen. With just enough sugar and spice, even revenge can be sweetly served!
Not Into Musicals: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As hard as it is for us to believe that there is such a theatergoing type, there are those out there that simply do not enjoy musicals. Fortunately, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features all the splendor and spectacle of a Broadway musical, minus the songs and dances. Continuing the popular book series by J.K. Rowling about a wonderful world of witches and wizards, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes audiences on a new generation of adventures at Hogwarts, with plenty of magic to be found therein.
The Holiday Pot-Stirrer - Hamilton
Every family has at least one: an aunt, uncle, or grandparent who likes to spark debates at the dinner table. This person delights in reaction and controversy. Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers, was often a divisive figure amongst his contemporaries, igniting all kinds of arguments on politics wherever he went. The musical Hamilton tells his story, and a ticket to this Tony-winning hit is guaranteed to inspire your argument-starting relative.
The Mistletoe Dreamer - Moulin Rouge!
Who is the hopeless romantic in your life? Who still thinks kisses under the mistletoe are a part of holiday magic? There is at least one person we encounter regularly who believes that romance will come for everyone. That kind of optimism deserves to be rewarded with the gift of Moulin Rouge!, a musical about two star-crossed lovers who rail against all odds to be in each other’s arms. Even if the ending is not as happy as they might like, the jukebox score that carries us to the conclusion will keep their penchant for romance alive through the curtain call.
The Last-Minute Holiday Shopper - Some Like It Hot
Procrastination can be a real challenge, especially where holiday shopping is concerned. We wait until the last minute, sometimes missing out on something wonderful. The delightful musical Some Like It Hot will conclude its critically-lauded Broadway run on December 30th. Do not procrastinate and miss the opportunity to catch this tuneful, hilarious, and heartfelt musical comedy about two male musicians disguised as women to hide from an organized crime boss who wants them dead!