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Gift Guide: Broadway Lovers Edition

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 5.54.36 PM.pngBeing a Broadway baby ourselves, we've collected some gift ideas that are perfect for those family members of yours who have Broadway chorus boys dancing in their heads. *Warning: just because it's obvious to you that your Glee-obsessed nephew is in the closet, that does not mean he's ready to come out in front of Grandpa, so please use discretion when leaving a Les Mis tote in his stocking.

The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical. $45 at amazon.com. This book, documenting the first year of the hit musical from the South Park guys includes beautiful photos of the show by Joan Marcus and exclusive interviews with the cast including its stars, Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad.

Broadway: The American Musical Blu-Ray. $39.99 at pbs.org. This six-part series about the history of Broadway hosted by Julie Andrews, which originally aired on PBS, is a Broadway Baby's Christmas miracle.

Playbill binder. $13.95 at playbillstore.com. For the Broadway lover in your life, who insists on saving every Playbill from every show, whether it's the ones the want to remember (Gypsy starring Patti Lupone) or the ones they're trying to forget (Wonderland).

a20791e1357de826746869_m.JPGFiddler on the Roof music box. $6.00 at etsy.com. We're not sure what song from Fiddler this little guy plays, we love every song in the 1964 musical, so it's sure to be a good surprise.

il_570xN.367414428_gsb3.jpgOnce: A New Musical (Original Cast Recording). $9.99 at amazon.com. This sentimental cast recording of the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical is great gift for the one you love, who will always love Broadway more.

51ggmcGUd3L._SS400_.jpgLittle orphan Annie ornament: $40 at anniethemusicalshop.com and Gwen Verdon as Sweet Charity ornament: $55 at the playbillstore.com. If only these cute little ornaments played music... Oh the songs they'd sing! We are especially partial to the Gwen Verdon ornament because a portion of the proceeds goes to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids.

Screen shot 2012-12-17 at 5.15.57 PM.pngPhantom of the Opera and Christine 25 Yrs. figurine. $65 at sanfranciscomusicbox.com. The Andrew-Lloyd Webber musical is celebrating it's 25th anniversary on Broadway this year, so what better way to commemorate this milestone than with this limited-edition figurine that plays the Phantom of the Opera classic, "Music of the Night."

media.jpgLes Miserables "One Day More" tote bag. $15 at playbill.com.au. If you've turned on the TV in the last month you will know that Les Mis has become part of the cultural lexicon, thanks to the film version, starring every Hollywood star who can remotely croak out a tune, that is expected to clean up at the Oscars this year. So there's no better time than to wear your love of Broadway on your sleeve shoulder.

lesmis_bag_1__08907_std.jpgBroadway Tails by Bill Berloni. $19.95 at Theater Circle, 268 W 44th St., New York. This book by animal trainer Bill Berloni is for your animal activist and Broadway lover friends. From Sandy in Annie (including the current Sandy on Broadway) to Bruiser in Legally Blonde, Berloni rescues dogs and turns them into stars. In this updated version of his 2008 book of the same name, he recounts funny tales of the many tails he's saved and trained for a life on the stage, which includes his search of shelters throughout America for the current Sandy in the 2012 revival of Annie. With a special forward by dog lover and Broadway legend Bernadette Peters!
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