Things for Theatre Lovers

by a Designer Who Loves Theatre

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The Musical Theatre History Subway Map
Revised, expanded, updated, the new Broadway Musical History Subway Map celebrates collaborations across the history of musical theatre. Since it’s original inception in 2008, the map has provided musical lovers around the world hours of enjoyment.

How many stops does it take to get from Into the Woods to Show Boat? Did you know that the same guy who choreographed Hamilton also did 9 to 5? Can you name all of Sondheim’s directorial collaborators? If you think these questions are interesting then you might be nerdy enough to own this map.

Each line on the BMHSM is a different director, choreographer, composer, and/or lyricist and they meet up at the shows they worked on together. Did you know that Betty Comden and Adolph Green and Jule Styne wrote so many shows together?

You can dig into the map at

Available in 36x24 and 24x18

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musical Subway map tote bags

Need to grab some apples to eat while watching Annie?  What about bananas for Barnum?  How about limes and lemons for Lorelei?  Making a ham sandwich while you listen to Hamilton?

Wait...I’ve got more!

Shopping with Sondheim?  Hoarding with Herman?  Stocking up with Stroman?  Getting stuff with Gershwin?  Or maybe you’re browsing with Balanchine?

There’s always something you need to pick up. Carry this bag with you a whistle a happy tune.

It could also a handy reference if you happen to stop in to some pub trivia in Chelsea.

There’s not a more perfect way to blend your fascination with musical theater and tote bags. Or is that just me?

Three sizes for the drama nerd on the go! the small one is great for lunch or toiletries or as a gift bag. The larger bags are perfect for groceries, sheet music, books, or that special haul from the BCEFA Flea Market! Extra long handle for crossbody action on the XL bag.

Available in Tiny, Regular, and XL

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the broadway oracle

Are you ready to stop being the understudy and start being the main character in your own life? 
Are you ready to step onto the stage of life and embrace the magic and wonder of Broadway? Look no further than The Broadway Oracle! Filled with quotes from beloved shows like “Rent,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “A Chorus Line,” “Waitress,” “Hairspray,” “West Side Story,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Hamilton,” “The Lion King,” “Les Miserables,” “Cats,” “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia,” and “The Book of Mormon,” each card is a veritable treasure trove of theatrical inspiration and guidance.

With each card carefully crafted to offer practical guidance and motivation, you’ll find yourself tapping into the power of the theater like never before. Whether you’re facing a tough decision, a personal challenge, or just need a little inspiration to get through the day, our Broadway lyric oracle cards are here to help you take center stage and unlock your full potential.

So why wait? Order The Broadway Oracle today and start living your life like a true diva of the stage! With the power of Broadway at your fingertips, anything is possible – and our oracle cards are the perfect way to tap into that power and unleash your inner superstar. Whether you’re a seasoned theater buff or just looking for a little extra inspiration in your life, our Broadway lyric oracle cards are sure to become your go-to resource for guidance, motivation, and theatrical flair. So don’t wait – raise the curtain on a new chapter of your life and order your Broadway lyric oracle cards today!

There’s no wrong way to use The Oracle. Everyone can do it. Just keep a song in your heart and the meaning will come to you!

The cards are 2.75x4.75 inches—like a standard deck of tarot cards. Each deck includes 100 unique cards. 
the broadway lexicon

This is my A to Z of Broadway. Making an ABC on any subject with a rich history is challenging. Not only do you have to wrestle with difficult letters like Q or X but you have find yourself lousy with choices from letters like C or S. To help with my difficult choices, I followed a simple criteria: which one is my favorite. 

A is for Audra McDonald
B is for Barbra Streisand
C is for Company
D is for Dreamgirls
E is for Ethel Merman
F is for Fosse
G is for Gypsy
H is for Hamilton
I is for Into the Woods
J is for Jerome Robbins
K is for Kiss Me, Kate
L is for The Lion King
M is for Mega musicals
N is for New York
O is for Oklahoma!
P is for Patti Lupone
Q is for Queer
R is for Rent
S is for Sondheim
T is for Tommy Tune
U is for Urinetown
V is for Gwen Verdon
W is for West Side Story
X is for Xanadu
Y is for You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Z for Ziegfeld Follies

If you’d like to order a custom version with your own alphabet, send me a note.

Available in various/custom sizes.

the sondheim mug

I don't know if Stephen Sondheim prefers coffee or tea or... whatever, but I know you'll enjoy spending your wake-up or wind-down times with him as you explore his extraordinary career. From The Frogs to Passion, take a journey through his collaborations with Hal Prince, Michael Bennett, George Abbott, Leonard Bernstein, and more. Sunday in the Park..., Sweeney, Follies, Into the Woods, West Side Story... enjoy the beverage of your choice with some of the greats of musical theatre.

It's so hard to find the right mug and this fits my hand just perfectly. It also makes sure that I'm going to have enough coffee in the morning! At 15 ounces, it's the best size.

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musical theatre mug

Tea for Two? Yes, Yes, Nanette!
70, Girls, 70 and coffee in a cardboard cup?
This is the sort of mug that Taylor, the Latte Boy, would love.
Maybe you'll grow Big with Coffee, Black?
Maybe Something For the Boys with this Coffee?
As Berlin would Cheer, Let's have another cup of coffee!
How to Succeed with your Coffee Break?
Less ill-fated than Tiffany's Quiet Coffee?
I'll end with some Good News: You're the Cream in My Coffee!

It's so hard to find the right mug and this fits my hand just perfectly. It also makes sure that I'm going to have enough coffee in the morning! At 15 ounces, it's the best size.

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wrapping paper

Your gifts are already a hit when wrapped in this vintage style wrapping paper. Perfect for any occasion from birthdays to opening night gifts, this high quality wrapping paper is going to stand out from all others. 

Don’t you hate it when you find out that your wrapping paper is thin and cheap and just falls apart when you touch it?? I tested various stocks and landed on this 40# brown kraft paper to create a vintage style design. The size is 24x36 inches.

Most wrapping paper on Etsy is smaller and comes folded in an envelope. This comes rolled in a tube and ready for use.

The imagery is collaged from real ads from Broadway shows featuring Audrey Hepburn or written by Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller. 

Each order will come with 4 sheets of wrapping paper. You can choose one color or get the Golden Rainbow Coat of Many Color Edition with a random selection (or request specific ones in a note with your purchase) of colors

Please inquire about custom wrapping paper ideas. We can work something out!

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