Nothing says Thanksgiving like the marvel that is Macy*s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has become a holiday tradition as honored as turkey and cranberry sauce. The morning of Nov. 22 belongs to Macy*s and this year's 75th anniversary event. Besides the classic cartoon character balloons, and the standard Radio City Rockettes®, it will include selections from four Broadway shows.
While Curious George and Pokemon's Pikachu will be added to the lineup of high flying inflatables, three shows — new-to-Broadway since last Thanksgiving — will join in performing at this year's festivities. ABBA-infused Mamma Mia! will dance it up to "Dancing Queen" while tap sensation 42nd Street will sing their "Lullaby of Broadway" down Broadway. Susan Stroman will be well represented as new work Thou Shalt Not performs "Take Her To The Mardi Gras" alongside her still-running Contact, with "Simply Irresistible," in the parade.
Also appearing with hosts Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, and Al Roker of the "Today" Show will be a cornucopia of celebs including A Christmas Carol's Tim Curry , The Tale of the Allergist's Wife's Valerie Harper, and Charles Nelson Reilly. Broadway's Betty Buckley will sing "America the Beautiful" atop the first float, the Statue of Liberty float, with accompaniment by orchestrator Jonathan Tunick.
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. It will be broadcast live on NBC-TV, 9 AM-noon.