Thanksgiving Parade Offers Samples of B'way Shows

News   Thanksgiving Parade Offers Samples of B'way Shows Eight Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are scheduled to take part in the 70th anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 28. The parade, which is scheduled to be televised on NBC-TV, will include scenes -- generally a complete song or scene -- from each show.

Eight Broadway and Off-Broadway shows are scheduled to take part in the 70th anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Nov. 28. The parade, which is scheduled to be televised on NBC-TV, will include scenes -- generally a complete song or scene -- from each show.

The parade is scheduled to be televised 9 AM to noon (ET), 8-11 AM (CT), 7-10 AM (MT), and on tape 1-4 PM (PT).

Shows scheduled to take part are The King and I with Lou Diamond Phillips, Rent with the original cast, Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk with Savion Glover, Cats, The Cocoanuts and Cowgirls.

Two other shows, A Christmas Carol with Tony Randall and Ben Vereen, and Chicago with Bebe Neuwirth are yet to be confirmed.

The schedule is subject to change. Also at the parade a special announcement will be made by the cast of Cats. They will unveil plans for a week-long celebration to mark the date June 19, 1997 when Cats, surpasses A Chorus Line to become the longest-running show in Broadway history.

Cats spokesman Michael Borowski would not disclose in advance the festivities planned for that week, other than to say that the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical would play a special Thursday evening performance June 19, 1997 to mark its 6,138th performance, surpassing the current all time record holder, A Chorus Line.

By some accounting measures, Cats became the second-longest running show in Broadway history Oct. 14 by playing its 5,853rd performance. Variety lists the revival of Oh! Calcutta as having playing 5,852 performances, but Playbill On-Line follows the annual Otis Guernsey "Best Plays" and "Theatre World" books in listing Oh! Calcutta as having played 5,959 performances, which means Cats is still number three -- at least for the time being.

-- By Robert Viagas

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