Never has it been easier to find a Christmas gift for the theater-lover in your life. So, get out your pens — it's time to make that list and check it twice!
Thanks to the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, there is a whole catalog of options. Just go to www.broadwaycares.org to order your copy — or you can shop online.
My favorites: A few years ago I was delighted to discover the "Carols for a Cure" CDs. Take your favorite Broadway casts, add some Christmas classics, a pinch of new (hilarious) songs and you'll get a great new collection of Christmas music in unique arrangements.
And the recordings aren't just for chorus members. They're filled with Broadway heavy-hitters: Bernadette Peters, Harvey Fierstein, Idina Menzel, Kerry Butler, Sutton Foster and so much more.
This is the 10th anniversary edition and it's a two-disc set. The cast of "Xanadu" did "Hit the Deck (Deck the Halls, Disco Remix)"; "Billy Elliot" did "Cold Christmas"; and "Rent" did "Seasons/Love Heals: A Rent Farewell."
Or, you also have the option of getting your Broadway baby the whole 10-disc set for $170.
Wait, there's more: At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, that's not all! They have everything Broadway — clocks, snowglobes, umbrellas, mugs, baseball caps, ornaments, solo CDs, home decor, onesies, jewelry, posters, clothing, dog leashes — the list goes on.
New this year: BC/EFA is also starting a new line of collectable ornaments, the "Broadway Legends" series. This year's features Angela Lansbury on a hand-made glass ornament dressed as "Mame."
And, your money goes to a good cause: Since 1998, BC/EFA has raised more than $150 million for people with AIDS and other serious illnesses.
Or: You could get your sweetie tickets to "Wicked"! Broadway Across America has announced single tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale Friday, Dec. 12.
After advance-sales to subscribers and groups, it's sounding like there is a pretty limited number of tickets. So, buyers on your marks ... get set ... go!
Tickets will be available beginning at 7 a.m. at the Capitol Theatre box office, 50 W. 200 South. For those of you who feel luckier with the click of a mouse, online sales begin at 10 a.m. at www.arttix.org. At that time you can also try calling 801-355-2787. Abravanel Hall, and the Rose Wagner Center will also be ready to handle in-person ticket sales starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $55, $77.50, $98.50 and $150 plus fees.
"Wicked" runs April 8-May 3 at the Capitol Theatre.
The Theater's Alive: With "The Sound of Music." Get our your lederhosen, cut down the drapes, it's time for a "Sound of Music" sing-along. The Salt Lake Film Society will host two special screenings. Dec. 12, 6 p.m., and Dec. 13, 2:30 p.m., at The Tower Theater. Tickets are $15 Bring the family and come in costume — there will be prizes for costumes, gift bags, tea and cookies and pre-show entertainment. Proceeds go to "Big Pictures, Little People," bringing movies to disadvantaged youths (www.saltlakefilmsociety.org)
Lastly, congratulations: To the five musicals nominated for Grammy Awards in the Best Musical Show category. They are: "Gypsy," "In The Heights," "The Little Mermaid," "South Pacific" and "Young Frankenstein." In the movie musical category, "Mamma Mia!" and "Sweeney Todd" were named. The awards will be presented Feb. 3 in Los Angeles.