The 77th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, broadcast on NBC stations around the country from 9 AM to 12 noon ET, will feature stars from Wicked, The Boy From Oz (without leading man Hugh Jackman), Little Shop of Horrors and Never Gonna Dance. The annual parade will also boast Hairspray's Harvey Fierstein and the Dynamites performing an original composition entitled "Santa Knows." Tony winner Fierstein will be decked out in Edna drag in a holiday costume designed by William Ivey Long. Other parade highlights: the Radio City Rockettes; the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet; USO Troupe of Metropolitan New York and Camp Broadway, who will offer a tribute to the late Bob Hope entitled "When Hope Was There"; the group AntiGravity; and Jim Dale and the cast of A Christmas Carol. Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Al Roker host the holiday classic.
The parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West of Manhattan's Upper West Side. It will then make its way down Broadway through Times Square before taking final bows at Herald Square and ending at 7th Ave and 34th Street. For more information and a few helpful tips for those who are ready to brave the weather and crowds, visit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade website at www.macysparade.com.
The CBS broadcast, which also airs from 9 AM to 12 noon ET, will include taped performances from a host of Broadway musicals. Nine's John Stamos, Mary Stuart Masterson, Rebecca Luker and Sarah Gettelfinger will perform "Only With You"; the company of Mamma Mia! will offer that show's finale, "Dancing Queen"; Brent Barrett and the Chicago cast will sing "All I Care About Is Love"; and the cast of the new Off-Broadway musical Fame on 42nd Street will sing the show's title song, "Fame." Hannah Storm and Dave Price anchor the 43rd annual Thanksgiving Day telecast.