Broadway’s Best to Perform During Thanksgiving Parade

CATEGORY: Broadway

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will mark a milestone anniversary, once again kicking off the holidays with its signature brand of magical entertainment. America’s favorite holiday tradition will march down the streets of New York for the 90th year.

The unparalleled spectacle is set to enthrall more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan, with a host of giant character balloons, dazzling floats, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, celebrities, and the official entrance of the one-and-only Santa Claus.

A full broadcast of the parade will air on NBC with “Today” hosts Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker. Portions of the parade hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and The Insider’s Keltie Knight will air on CBS.

NBC – Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 24 at 9 a.m. CST

The national broadcast would not be complete without showcasing the best theatrical productions. Set for 34th Street performances will be CATS, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical and more of Broadway’s best. In addition, viewers will get a sneak preview performance from NBC’s Hairspray LIVE, which premieres on NBC Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Additional participants in this year’s parade include Hamilton Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, Tony Bennett, Daya, Sandra Lee, Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor and the cast of Sesame Street.

CBS – Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 24 at 8 a.m. CST

Several Broadway productions will also perform on The Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS, which is broadcast live on CBS Thanksgiving Day. The three-hour program includes performances from Broadway’s The Color Purple, On Your Feet!, and School of Rock. Viewers can also expect to enjoy performances by 16-time Grammy winner Sting and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert.

360-Degree Treatment

Verizon is sponsoring a live-stream by NBC of the iconic parade that will be shot in 360-degree video, a format that allows viewers to pan in any direction as they watch. Footage will be assembled from 360-degree cameras positioned along the parade route.

The stream, on Verizon’s YouTube page, begins at 8 a.m. CST on Thursday, hosted by Marlon Wayans and Olivia Culpo.

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