Nothing quite ushers in the holiday season like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Broadway musical lovers this is also a chance to see performances from new and hit Broadway musicals performed in front of Macy’s flagship establishment in historic Herald Square. This year marks the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and this installment promises to be as exciting as ever.
Performing on 34th Street will be the casts of four Broadway musicals, with Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, The Prom, and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical represented. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air from 9 a.m.- noon in all time zones on Thursday, Nov. 22. on NBC. Mean Girls, which is based on the popular film of the same name, opened on Broadway earlier this year and features a score by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin and a book by Tina Fey. My Fair Lady, which currently stars Laura Benanti and Harry Hadden-Peyton, is a revival of the Lerner and Loewe classic. The Prom, which is now in previews, is poised to open on November 15, is the newest musical in the batch with a book by Bob Martin and a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Finally, SUMMER: The Donna Summer, is a jukebox musical that celebrates the life and the music of its iconic namesake.
Producers of the event are touting a spectacular lineup for the parade. “Set to enthrall more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million viewers on television, the world-famous Parade is ready to bring families together in celebration of the start of the holiday season. The lineup will feature 16 giant character balloons; 43 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 12 marching bands. The star power along the parade route and in homes across the country will feature some of the nation’s most exciting performers including John Legend, Leona Lewis, Martina McBride, Rita Ora, Pentatonix, Anika Noni Rose and Diana Ross, as well as a special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.