CBS' "Thanksgiving Day Parade" Broadcast to Feature Mary Poppins, Grease and Aiken

By Andrew Gans
November 13, 2008

"The Early Show" hosts Dave Price and Maggie Rodriguez will anchor "The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS," which will air live Nov. 27 on CBS 9 AM-noon ET.



The Thanksgiving special will feature the 82nd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as performances by the Broadway casts of Mary Poppins and Grease as well as the country music duo Sugarland.

"American Idol" finalist Clay Aiken, back on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot, and CBS daytime drama stars Jessica Leccia ("Guiding Light") and Julie Pinson ("As The World Turns") will chat with Price and Rodriguez during the broadcast. Patrick Warburton will also offer a "Man on the Street" viewpoint as he reports and interacts with the parade crowd.

Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss ("The Tony Awards") are executive producers of the telecast; Weiss will also direct.

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As previously announced, several Broadway musicals and stars will be featured during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be broadcast live on NBC-TV Nov. 27 beginning at 9 AM ET.

According to a Macy's spokesperson, the annual parade will boast performances from the casts of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (performing a medley of "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" and "White Christmas"), In the Heights (performing the title song), South Pacific (singing "There Is Nothing Like a Dame") and The Little Mermaid (performing "Under the Sea").

Also of interest to theatre fans: The cast of the forthcoming revival of Hair will belt out "Aquarius" atop the New York Tin Toy float; Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth will sing "The Christmas Waltz" on The Care Bears Winter Fun-derland float; and Tony winner Idina Menzel will offer "I Stand" on the M&M's on Broadway float.

The parade will conclude with members of Camp Broadway — joined by Kermit the Frog — performing "I Believe in Santa Claus." A group of 300 kids, ages 10-17, will sing the tune, which was penned by Wesley Whatley and Bill Schermerhorn, Macy's creative director.