Broadway's expensive, y'all — and even if you're in New York, hot tickets can be hard to get. Check out 10 cheaper, more accessible alternatives to stuff every gay theatergoer's stocking.
Perhaps the gayest way to commemorate each Broadway season is with the annual Broadway Cares collectable snow globe from the Broadway Cares Collection. Benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, this year's globe features logos from the year's musicals and plays the song "Give My Regards to Broadway."
No, this isn't a gag gift. The Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark 2013-2014 14-month calendar spotlights 14 high-flying cast members, who happen to be among Broadway's hottest and most acrobatic hunks — including star Reeve Carney and Out100 honoree Matthew Wilkas. All net proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Forget tired club remixes. With classes in both NYC and L.A., Broadway Bodies high-impact dance-cardio workouts are set to show tunes. Purchase packages for pudgy pals who may spend too much time sitting in a theater — and act fast for holiday specials.
Neil Patrick Harris headlined the New York Philharmonic concert version of Stephen Sondheim's musical Company, which was filmed in April 2011 at Lincoln Center and is now available on DVD. Supporting turns by Christina Hendricks, Martha Plimpton, and Patti LuPone also make immediate purchase a no-brainer.
When it comes to theater books, there are many newer, classier choices for gifts — Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, for starters — but one of the hottest coffee table titles remains Broadway Bares: Backstage Pass, a beautiful 2008 photographic history of the super-gay annual burlesque fundraiser.
You'll have to stick an I.O.U. under the tree for Smash: Season One, which won't be out until Jan. 8 — at which time every musical theater fan will want to add the NBC series to his DVD library and continue the heated debate of who should play Marilyn Monroe on Broadway: Ivy or Karen.
He'll be first in line on Christmas to see Hugh Jackman in the biggest movie musical event in years. Make sure he's also among the first to receive Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack when it's released Dec. 26.