NBC's Thanksgiving Day Parade Features Broadway Shows and Performers

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Several Broadway musicals — including A Chorus Line and The Color Purple — will be featured during the 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be broadcast live on NBC-TV Nov. 23 beginning at 9 AM ET.

The cast of The Color Purple will perform at the Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.
The cast of The Color Purple will perform at the Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC. Photo by Paul Kolnik

Cast members from A Chorus Line, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical, The Color Purple and Spamalot will all perform on the three-hour program. The Chorus Line revival will offer "One," Grinch cast members will present a medley of "Who Likes Christmas?" and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," the Spamalot company will sing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," and the Color Purple cast will offer the show's opening number, "Mysterious Ways."

The parade will kick off with "Give Me a Drum," a new tune penned by Michael Feinstein with lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn, Macy's creative director. Camp Broadway, the theatre arts education company, has selected 600 kids, ages 11-14, to be part of this festive opening, which features choreography by Tony Parise.

The cast of White Christmas — including Bryan d'Arcy James, Jeffry Denman, Meredith Patterson and Anastasia Barzee — will perform "I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" on the Holiday Lovin' Oven Float. Other highlights: Julie Andrews and the School of American Ballet will offer "The Show Must Go On" atop the Mother Goose Float; former Avenue Q star John Tartaglia will ride the Doodlebug float; the Statue of Liberty float will boast Renee Fleming and the United States Air Force Band and Choir, who will sing "America the Beautiful"; and there will also be a performance by the Radio City Rockettes.

Diana DeGarmo, the former "American Idol" contestant who is currently playing Penny Pingleton in Broadway's Hairspray, will also sing during the broadcast. Composer Lance Horne was commissioned to write "The Pharaoh Strut," which DeGarmo will belt out atop the King Tutenstein float. The song features lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn and orchestrations by Milton Delugg. The number, which also includes the Phoenix Boys Choir, was choreographed by Movin' Out's Tiger Martina.

The 80th Anniversary Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 AM and continues through 12 noon. Broadcast nationally on NBC-TV, the Broadway shows are scheduled to perform during the first hour of the telecast. 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 www.macysparade.com or call the Macy's Parade Hotline at (212) 494-4495.

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