Thanksgiving on Broadway – Week of Performances

Thanksgiving is usually the time for the last breath of air before the Christmas holidays, however, Broadway is usually dark, as most performances are closed. However, shows and stars are not used to staying idle. Here are what shows to see on Thanksgiving and which stars will take part in festive performances.

Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving parade is one of New York’s top holiday attractions, attracting tourists from all over the world. It is a tradition for some top Broadway shows to make an appearance. This year, five shows are to make an appearance for the delight of their fans. In the schedule of appearance:

  • The cast of NBC’s Annie Live!, starring Celina Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Taraji P. Henson, Nicole Scherzinger, Jane Krakowski, and Tituss Burgess.
  • Moulin Rouge!
  • Six
  • Wicked
  • Also performing: Radio City Rockettes

But that’s not all that Broadway has to offer on Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Broadway superstars Kristin Chenoweth, Darren Criss, and Jordan Fisher. Maybe the audience will be treated with some tracks of Chenoweth and Criss’ new holiday albums?

Unfortunately, all of them will perform outside of the viewing area in front of Macy’s. Their performances will be broadcast by NBC along with the rest of the parade. The broadcast will start at 9 AM in all time zones on the national broadcast.

Paulo Szot’s An Enchanted Evening or Una Noche Encantada

Jazz Era’s razzle-dazzle will be one of the few performances to go on stage on Thanksgiving, but that’s not all of it! Paulo Szot who we know and love as Attorney Billy Flynn will take the stage of Feinstein’s/54 Below for An Enchanted Evening or Una Noche Encantada.

Paulo Szot will be joined by Luke Frazier and the musicians from American Pops Orchestra. They’ll perform Spanish zarzuela, musical theater numbers, a lot of romantic songs, and even a song or two in Paulo’s native Brazilian.

Tony’s Di Napoli Wall of Fame

Tony’s Di Napoli is one of the iconic restaurants in New York. This famous place has a couple of locations in Manhattan – one in the Upper East Side and another, probably the more famous one – in the heart of Times Square.

Apart from the excellent Thanksgiving meal, another great reason to visit Tony’s Di Napoli is its unique Wall of Fame. It contains numerous paintings by the former bartender and obviously great painter Dan May. You can see paintings of Lin-Manuel Miranda from In the Heights, a Les Miserables adaptation, Hugh Panaro and Samantha Hill from Phantom of the Opera, Daniel Radcliffe’s Equus, and many, many more!

Friday Matinees!

Most of the Broadway shows will stage a matinee on Friday as a delayed Thanksgiving gift for their fans! To Kill a Mockingbird is the early bird of the matinee wave, opening doors at 1 PM. The bulk of the shows will begin at 2 PM, while Chicago is saving the best for last at 2:30 PM.

Entertainment outside Broadway

Thanksgiving week does not end on Thursday! The weekend certainly has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment. Besides the usual Broadway shows, you’d certainly love A Sherlock Carol at the New World Stages, Porgy, and Bess at the Metropolitan Opera, Eva Noblezada’s So This Is Love at The Green Room 42, and thematically – A Christmas Carol at The Players Theater to set you in the right mood for the upcoming Christmas holidays!

In conclusion

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and while most Broadway theaters remain dark for the evening, there are worthwhile performances all over town through the week!

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