The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade — Thursday, Nov. 28 — will feature performances from four hit Broadway shows.
Hairspray, Oklahoma!, The Producers and Thoroughly Modern Millie will all offer songs during the annual event, which will be broadcast on NBC stations around the country from 9 AM to noon, ET. The show production numbers will all be seen during the first hour of the parade, from 9 to 10 AM.
Playbill On-Line has learned that the cast of Hairspray, the mammoth hit at the Neil Simon Theatre, will sing "You Can't Stop the Beat"; the company of Oklahoma! (Gershwin Theatre) will perform "The Farmer and the Cowman"; Mel Brooks' The Producers (St. James Theatre) will offer "I Wanna Be a Producer"; and the Thoroughly Modern Millie (Marquis Theatre) cast will sing that musical's title song.
The final two hours of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will also include performances from theatre actors-singers, including F. Murray Abraham and the cast of A Christmas Carol; Movin' Out's Michael Cavanaugh, who will most likely perform "New York State of Mind"; cabaret veteran Michael Feinstein; Mamma Mia's Judy Kaye; members of Camp Broadway; the famed Rockettes; and children from the New York City Ballet, who will offer excerpts from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
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.macys.com. —By Andrew Gans and Ernio Hernandez