Musical Theatre Gift Guide MoviesNo Terminology Tuesday this week so we can bring you another Gift Guide! Did you know that there are several dvd's available with actual footage from the real broadway shows? It's so amazing to be able to research and enjoy these shows without having to buy a ticket for NYC! Help your favorite Musical Theatre Lover start or build their collection with these great DVD's!



Sunday in the Park with George

I swear this show has some sort of magical powers. I saw the revival on Broadway and when the song “Sunday” started playing, I was completely overwhelmed and couldn't stop the tears from streaming down my face. That Sondheim did something when combining these musical notes together. I've watched this DVD so many times, and I now love having it on in the background while I do other things around the house. And, who doesn't need a little more Mandy Patinkin in their life!

Into the Woods

This is a GREAT video of another Sondheim classic. The movie will soon hit the big screen. While, I'm sure it'll be amazing, it will be really hard to beat this original production. I'm so glad it was preserved on video for us to witness again and again! If you aren't familiar with this story, you'll know most of the characters – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk – to name a few. But, I bet you won't expect the adventures they have in these magical woods.


I first saw this production when Prepared Performer Team Memeber Nova Bergeron was performing with the national tour. I knew I loved Nova skills as a performer, but she absolutely blew be away in this show. It's a tribute to the choreography of on of the greatest, Bob Fosse. You'll find amazing music, and seriously FIERCE dancing.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (London Stage Revival)

I bought this DVD when I was teaching a Theater Class at Edison High School. I'm so glad I did. I'm such a sucker for a good old fashioned musical and this video is so well done! And, it's nice to see Hugh Jackman play a charming cowboy rather than a wolverine or an escaped convict.

Shrek the Musical

I just discovered this DVD! There are a few parts for performers of all types in this fun, crazy show. This is a great piece to pick up in order to research a newer show with a wide variety of characters!

Crazy for You

Crazy for You

OK – honestly, this is my favorite from this list. When I played Tess in Crazy for You at Stages St. Louis, I saw this video and I couldn't believe it existed. The original Susan Stroman choreography in this upbeat musical can not be beat. I have never had more fun in a show than I did while playing Tess. We did all the original choreography and this video was a perfect tool for helping me to practice the choreography at home between rehearsals. Do youself a favor and start learning it now, so you'll know it at your next Crazy for You audition!


It was so hard to narrow this list down to just 5 DVDs. Check out more ideas in this wishlist –  The Prepared Performer DVD Wish List



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  1. admin says:

    Woah! Check out this find! I just ordered it for myself – I’ll let you all know how it is when it arrives : ) 50 Musicals for $11.49? Sounds too good to be true! But, the reviews seem good. Can’t wait til it gets here! Musicals Classics 50 Movie Pack Collection

  2. […] I have several students attending the upcoming auditions for Into the Woods at Orange County Children’s Theatre in March. So, this week’s What to Wear Wednesday focuses on Into the Woods.  I directed this show a few years back at The Music Room in Orange (Here’s their awesome rendition of Your Fault), so I know it pretty well. If you don’t know it, be sure to check out the PBS recording that we suggested HERE in our DVD gift guide. […]

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