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News Xanadu Will Bring Magic to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 22 Xanadu will join the lineup of Broadway musicals and stars to perform at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 22.
Kerry Butler in Xanadu
Kerry Butler in Xanadu Photo by Paul Kolnik

The performance will be a medley of the songs "All Over The World," "Magic" and "Xanadu" featuring Kerry Butler, Cheyenne Jackson, Curtis Holbrook, Anika Larsen, Kenita Miller, Andre Ward, Patti Murin, Marty Thomas and Ryan Watkinson.

The parade will also boast (as previously announced) numbers from Legally Blonde ("What You Want") and Mary Poppins ("Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"), as well as the Radio City Rockettes.

NBC-TV will broadcast the 81st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Nov. 22 from 9 AM-noon (ET).


The parade will kick off with "Making Magic," a new tuned penned by Michael Feinstein with lyrics by Bill Schermerhorn, Macy's creative director. Members of Camp Broadway, the theatre arts education company, will perform the song. Also of interest to theatre fans: Spring Awakening's Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff will belt out "Give My Regards to Broadway" atop the M&M's Chocolate Candies on Broadway float. That theatre-themed float will feature the chocolate-covered characters taking lead roles in Broadway productions: Green as Elphaba in Wicked, Orange and Yellow in A Chorus Line, Blue as The Phantom of the Opera and Red crowned as Spamalot's King Arthur.

The original Christine Daae in London and Broadway's Phantom, Sarah Brightman, will be dressed as a Pirate Queen and will sing "The Journey Home" on the Jolly Polly Pirate Ship; "Hairspray" film star Nikki Blonsky will perform "You Can't Stop the Beat" on the American Classic Malt Shop float; and Feinstein and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose will perform another Feinstein-Schermerhorn song, "Give Me the Key to This Wonderful City," aboard the History Channel's New York Tin Toy float.

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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