If you’re planning on being in New York this Thanksgiving, either as a vacation or a staycation, it may be a great time to see a Broadway show. Even if you’re not usually a theater person, the idea of seeing Patti LuPone in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is probably more appealing than watching your mother have one herself. And a theater’s a great place to hide from the shopping hordes on Black Friday.

There are a few shows that do performances on Thanksgiving evening and those that don’t make up for it by adding an extra show, usually sometime during the Thanksgiving weekend. You can find that schedule here and you can take advantage of it by going to TKTS – these tend to be performances that send more tickets (and at a higher discount) to the TKTS Booth in Duffy Square because fewer people are aware of them. Of course, show tickets are also available at the individual show box offices as well, if you don’t want to chance it.

Your best bet for a quality show on Thanksgiving night would be A Little Night Music; this beautiful revival is currently starring Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch in phenomenal performances. Of course, if you’re entertaining young’ns, you might be interested in American Idiot, the explosive Green Day musical which will also have a performance on Thanksgiving night. If you’re more interested in a matinee on Black Friday, the 2pm performance of Billy Elliot will definitely remind you to give thanks for your family. And on the flip side of the coin, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson will remind you of how we stole land from the Native Americans (and they’ll remind you with rock music!). There are also Friday matinees of big Broadway hits, like Wicked, The Merchant of Venice and The Lion King. For shows like that, you’ll have a better bet hitting up the box office directly, as these shows don’t send tickets to the Booth.

No matter what you see this weekend, you’ll have plenty to give thanks for. After all, you won’t be in a mall.

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