The Broadway Collection News for November

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November in America equates to one thing – Thanksgiving! For residents and visitors to the Big Apple there are countless other activities to see and do throughout the month.

One of the biggest events to take place in November is the New York Marathon. On the first weekend of the month, runners and visitors converge on the city to participate or cheer on athletes as they make their way through the five boroughs in a 26-mile race of sheer endurance. If you know someone participating or simply want to watch, be sure to stake out one of the best viewing locations.

Changing the pace, a spectacle which will leave visitors of the city in awe is the first ever installation of the New York Festival of Lights. Set to take place November 6th-8th, the event is free and fun for grandparents, parents and children alike. Add this to your New York itinerary, and you just might be one of the first to enjoy what’s bound to become a New York institution for years to come. Visit Timeout New York for more details.

Foodie travelers can get a taste of street food culture at the recently opened “Vendy Plaza” at 115th Street and Park Avenue. Set in the cultural hub that is Harlem, visitors will be able to sample a variety of cuisines which took top prize at this year’s “Vendy Awards”. This includes dishes such as Waffles and Dinges, Zha Pan Asian, and more. The trucks will switch out weekly until they take their leave on November 23. For more information, check out the article by AM New York.

Of course, a can’t miss event in the city is the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning at 9:00am on Thursday, November 27th visitors and residents alike can watch live performances, dozens of floats and larger than life characters as they float through the streets of New York. More than 8,000 people participate in the parade which always includes Broadway performances, and kicks off from 77th Street and Central Park West then marches all the way to Macy’s at Herald Square.

For those interested in free entertainment, the 16th Annual Barn Series, which involves the readings of plays in early development, will run from November 4th, November 6th and November 9th. Tickets will be available beginning at 6pm the day of each reading only at the Bank Street Theater box office. All performances are at 8pm. Tickets are released on first-come, first-served basis; there are no advanced ticket reservations. For more information, please visit the website.

In Broadway News:

The Phantom of the Opera recently became the first ever show to celebrate 26 successful years on Broadway with many more to come! The international sensation WICKED also celebrated a milestone, and is now enjoying its eleventh anniversary on Broadway! Both shows are must-sees when travelling to NYC.

Josh Kaufman, winner of NBC’s The Voice, has made his debut on Broadway as Pippin. Beginning October 31st, 2014 – January 1st 2015, he’ll share his “corner of the sky” with travelers and New Yorkers alike at the Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.

Honeymoon in Vegas is a brand new musical with book by Andrew Bergman and score by Jason Robert Brown. The new musical is loads of fun and will interest younger audiences with references to today’s pop culture. The show, which stars Tony Danza, will begin previews on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 for a Thursday, January 15, 2015 opening night at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). Watch a rehearsal here courtesy of Broadway World.

Side Show debuted in 1997 and since its first run on Broadway has acquired a cult following. The Broadway revival is currently in previews and officially opens November 17th, 2014 in its new home at the St. James Theater and will showcase new songs by Henry Krieger. The story line revolves around conjoined twin sisters Violet and Daisy Hilton, who search for love and acceptance while performing on the Vaudeville circuit in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Tags: Phantom of the Opera, Pippin, SIde Show, Wicked