Several Broadway productions have been announced for the 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be held on the streets of New York City on November 24th.
The Broadways casts of Cats, Holiday Inn, Paramour, and Waitress are confirmed acts for the NBC broadcast. Additionally, the cast of NBC’s Hairspray Live! will offer a preview performance in advance of the December 7 premiere date. As with past years, the Radio City Rockettes will perform a musical number from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
The 90th procession will feature a star-studded cast, including Kelsea Ballerini; Tony Bennett; Aloe Blacc; Chloe x Halle; Easton Corbin; Daya; De La Soul; Diamante Eléctrico; Brett Eldredge; Fitz & the Tantrums; Christopher Jackson (Hamilton); Johnnyswim; Sandra Lee; Maddie & Tae; Sarah McLachlan; NHL legends Adam Graves and Eric Lindros; Ben Rector; Regina Spektor; the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street; Sprout’s Chica; Timeflies; U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Michelle Carter and Laurie Hernandez; U.S. Paralympic Gold Medalists Mikey Brannigan, Gianfranco Iannotta; Grace VanderWaal; and Jacob Whitesides, among others.
It is a longstanding tradition for current Broadway shows to appear on the television broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Though the parade was first televised nationally in 1948, it was not until 1980 that a Broadway show was a featured performance. The Pirates of Penzance was the first show to perform a musical number on the telecast followed by shows such as Meet Me in St. Louis and Guys and Dolls. Interestingly, musical performances from Broadway shows would not become an annual tradition until 1992. Now, Broadway has an increased presence on the parade broadcast with as many as 5 musicals performing 3 minute selections each. In fact, the past two telecasts opened with a Broadway production number to kick off the festivities!
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast nationally on NBC. Today’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast, which begins at 9 AM ET.
For more information, visit Macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.
After starring in the original 1995 production that earned her a 3rd Tony Award (yes, she has 3!), Glenn Close will play the role of Norma Desmond once again. But don’t wait! This limited engagement will play Broadway’s Palace Theatre for 16 WEEKS only. Call us at 877-943-2929 to get your group tickets today!
Check out her performance of the iconic “With One Look” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Celebration at Royal Albert Hall. You’ll see why it’s the must-see show for your group! (And also why Ms. Close has earned accolades for her work on Broadway and in film & television).
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s ‘masterpiece’, a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences.
Don’t let your group miss this tour-de-force performance. For the best deals on Broadway group tickets, give us a call at 877-943-2929!
Heading to the Great White Way right after its 760-performance run on the West End is Miss Saigon! Starting performances in March 2017, the powerful musical follows the story of Chris and Kim, an American GI and a Vietnamese orphan, who fall in love but are forced to lead separate lives after the fall of the title city. Featuring the acclaimed talents of Jon Jon Briones (Olivier-nominated for his portrayal of The Engineer in the London production) and Broadway newcomers Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer, the production has been proclaimed as “thrilling, soaring and spectacular” (The Times of London).
Miss Saigon is a certain to be a remarkable theatrical experience that you and your group will not want to miss. Luckily, here at Your Broadway Genius, we know how to get you the best seats for the best price! Give us a call at 877-943-2929 now to chat about our new PRIME orchestra seats offer starting as low as $94 for certain performances April through June. But hurry, this offer is for early birds only, so get your group tickets today!
Charging your phone in Midtown.
On this, I am an expert.
Being a complete and utter theatre nerd, who often spends hours on end before and after shows in the theatre district, I have searched high and low to find power outlets in the theatre district. I’ve tried it all. I’ve even sat in the lobby of a Broadway theatre pre-show and charged my phone (with permission of the box office attendant, of course) until I was kicked out at half hour. Shameful, I know.
Luckily, since then, I have done more adventuring throughout Midtown and have found a plethora of more reasonable places to re-charge. Check out a few of my Genius picks below:
- The Marriott Marquis: The Marriott Marquis, though not really hidden in itself, is definitely a hidden gem when it comes to recharging. The gorgeous hotel, located right off of Broadway between 45th and 46th St., is not only home to a Starbucks, shops, the Marquis Theatre, and the most entrancing elevators you’ve ever seen, but it is also home to the famous “eighth floor”, on which I have spent more hours than I’d like to admit sitting with friends before shows, chatting, and, of course, charging our phones! There aren’t a plethora of outlets here, but head over to some of the tables and chairs lining the wall and you should spot a good few. Of course, while you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a snack, or do what I did and get all of your holiday shopping done in the gift shop!
- Caffe Bene: Remember a few blog posts ago when I wrote about the best places to get co
ffee in the Theatre District? Well, being the coffee addict I am, I’ve spent enough time in each of these shops to have memorized which have power outlets, and which do not! My best pick for charging your phone while sipping a latte would have to be Caffe Bene, right on the corner of 49th and Broadway. This place is huge and sells not only great coffee, but gelato and delicious gourmet waffles (yep, you heard me right!). There are a lot of outlets hidden in this shop, so take a seat, relax, and recharge!
- Westin Times Square: Yep, another hotel. Only what’s especially cool about the Westin Times Square is that they have a unique Brightbox Charging Station! When charging, you get special access to a secure compartment where you can plug in and leave your phone while you go explore. Later, come back and retrieve your phone, fully charged and ready to go! The Westin Times Square is located at W. 43rd St. between 7th and 8th Ave.
- Southwest Porch: The Southwest Porch at Bryant Park is definitely the most scenic place to charge your phone, especially at this time of year when Bryant Park’s annual Winter Village has just opened, and you can watch people ice skate on the Bryant Park rink! Though no purchase is required to sit and enjoy the ambiance, Southwest Porch is also home to a full-service bar and restaurant. So…simplify things! Stop by and enjoy a pre-show dinner while you charge your device. It’s the best of both worlds! The Southwest Porch is located at W. 40th St. and 6th Ave.
So, now that you’re super informed, don’t be that guy who who hangs out in the theatre lobby like I once was. Instead, quit worrying about your phone running out of juice! Swing by one of these locations, and then have some fun with your group in Midtown!
Acclaimed vocalist and YouTube Star Todrick Hall has stepped into the role (and the heels) of Lola in Kinky Boots! Todrick recently gave Entertainment Tonight an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look of one of the hottest shows on Broadway. Check it out!
For the best seats at the best price, give us a call at 877-943-2929! Don’t miss Todrick Hall’s fabulous return to Broadway!
This past year brought us a lot of great theatre. There were heart-stoppers, tear-jerkers, and even shows that made us want to dance in our seats! But one musical stood out from the rest, taking home 11 Tony awards, selling out its entire house months in advance, and bringing fame to its songwriter and original title star. It’s a little musical called Hamilton – you may have heard of it?
We know that it’s nearly impossible to get tickets to this mega-hit musical phenomenon. But guess what? Something new has just popped onto the horizon that allows anyone and everyone to get a peek into what goes on inside the Richard Rodgers Theatre eight shows a week. And the best part? You don’t need a Hamilton ticket to get into this one!
Enter the Hamilton pop-up shop, presented by Bloomingdale’s, in association with the musical sensation. Located right across the street from the “Room Where it Happens” is the theatre aficionado’s, professional gift giver’s, and Hamilton superfan’s heaven. The shop features official clothing, books, and other merchandise from the show including a new line of t-shirts designed specifically for the shop’s opening! It “blew us all away”, and we think it will blow you away too!
The store, located in The Paramount Hotel at 235 W 46th St. between 8th Avenue and Broadway, opens everyday at 11:30am and shutters at 6:00pm on Sunday, 6:30pm on Mondays, 7:30pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays, and 8:30pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. So next time you “take a break” and head to the Great White Way, stop by and see what the shop has to offer! We promise you’ll leave very “satisfied”!
Check out the teaser trailer for Broadway-bound Amélie! The show is scheduled to open at a Broadway theatre to be announced in spring 2017, following a Los Angeles tryout at the Ahmanson Theatre December 4-January 15, 2017. Los Angeles opening night will be December 16. Group tickets for the Broadway run are NOW ON SALE!
Amélie is based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film of the same name, with a story that follows the whimsical and charming existence of its title character, a lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her.
Call us at 877-943-2929 for the best seats at the best price!
Ready to tap your troubles away? Watch the cast of Broadway’s Holiday Inn perform a medley of “Blue Skies” and “Shakin’ The Blues Away” on NBC’s Today Show!
Tis the season to book your group tickets to the “feel-good show of the Fall” (Variety)! Give us a call at 877-943-2929 to get the best seats at the best price.
Only one week until The Great Comet arrives on Broadway and we can hardly wait. We loved the show Off Broadway and we cannot wait to see the show at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre. In fact, the song “Dust and Ashes” was written specifically for the Broadway production. Take a listen now!
Inspired by a 70-page slice of War and Peace, this “vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical” (NY Times) is “stunning and blazingly original” (Entertainment Weekly) and brings us just inches from Tolstoy’s brash young lovers as they light up Moscow in a “heaven-sent fireball” (NY Times) of romance and passion.
For the best seats at the best price, give us a call at 877-943-2929 now!