When you’re in Manhattan to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you are there for the parade. This is definitely an exhausting morning but it’s not an all-day affair; you need to have other things to do in the Big Apple. Whenever you’re in Manhattan it’s always a good choice to check out what’s playing on the Rialto; you might as well happen on a Broadway show that night. Thanksgiving weekend is actually, unsurprisingly, one of the busiest of the year on Broadway as there are millions of people in New York City to “do” New York City. A Broadway show is about as New York as New York can get. But which shows do you try to get a ticket to? Believe it or not there are still seats left available and many shows do rush seats 1 hour before curtain so even if you can’t get advanced tickets, you might get lucky with the rush seats!
Jersey Boys (August Wilson Theatre 245 West 52nd Street New York, NY 10019): I heard rumor from one of my peeps on the floor in New York that Jersey Boys are getting ready to take their final bow. I don’t see anything announced as of this publication but rumor runs rampant. Jersey Boys is a great rags-to-riches musical story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Jersey Boys has been around a while so you should still be able to get seats; it’s a great option for your post Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade activities.
Mama Mia! (Winter Garden Theatre 1634 Broadway New York, NY 10020): Another great show that you have to see in person before it goes dark is Mama Mia! A “jukebox musical” from the hits of the band ABBA, Mama Mia is a great show for your New York City adventures on Thanksgiving. The musical follows the life of one girl who’s getting married and has lingering questions. While I enjoy Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan, I hated the film adaptation of this. If you’ve seen the movie and not the stage play, see the stage play.
Bye Bye Birdie (Henry Miller’s Theatre; 124 W 43rd St New York, NY 10036.): Open for only a short while is the staging of the classic musical Bye Bye Birdie. Featuring the varied talents of Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin, and John Stamos, Bye Bye Birdie is a feel good trip down memory lane. Satirizing the popularity of one Elvis Presley and his induction into the armed forces, Bye Bye Birdie is the story of Conrad Birdie. Definitely worth a look if you’ve never seen it, Bye Bye Birdie is under limited release so they probably have no pre-sale seats available but check with the Rush seats and you could be bopping along to the da-da-da of Conrad Birdie too!
New York City is a great place to see live theater; check out these shows when you’re through the area for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thanksgiving Weekend!