Goodbye, Halloween; hello, Thanksgiving! November is officially underway, which means Broadway fans can officially start looking forward to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Event organizers have released the line-up of Broadway shows performing at this year's event, which, in a first for the parade, will begin at 8:30 AM November 23 nationwide.
On hand to perform will be & Juliet, Back to the Future, How to Dance in Ohio, Shucked, and Spamalot. Gutenberg! stars Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells will make a special appearance. Also scheduled to make appearances are Cher, Brandy, David Foster and Katharine McPhee, and Ashley Park (joined by the Muppets of Sesame Street), with additional names to be announced.
Those wishing to see the festivities live can catch the parade route stretching from 77th Street and Central Park West to Columbus Circle, where it turns onto Central Park South before continuing down Sixth Avenue. The route makes a final turn at 34th Street to end in front of Macy's Herald Square on Seventh Avenue, where the Broadway performances will be. Public viewing will be set up at designated areas of the parade route, with those wishing to join encouraged to avoid bringing large bags, umbrellas, backpacks, and strollers.
Unlike most live telecasts, the Thanksgiving Day Parade airs at 8:30 AM regardless of local time zone, making the broadcast live only for viewing in the Eastern Time Zone.