The Parade Company announces the Jersey Boys to open America’s Thanksgiving Parade presented by Art Van

DETROIT – The Parade Company is pleased to announce that the Broadway sensation, JERSEY BOYS will kick-off the 89th America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. The Tony, Grammy and Olivier award-winning musical will open this year’s parade with a live performance from TV zone prior to the parade’s travel down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.

The JERSEY BOYS musical is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi, a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before the age of thirty.

“We are thrilled to kick-off this year’s America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van with a larger-than-life performance by one of Broadway’s most successful musicals – JERSEY BOYS,” said Tony Michaels, president & CEO of The Parade Company. “We are honored to welcome this outstanding cast to Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving morning.”

Tickets are currently on sale for the return engagement of JERSEY BOYS at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, November 17 – December 6. Tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1.800.982.2787, online at or, and at the Fisher Theatre box office.


This year’s parade theme is “So Happy Together.” Recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving parades in the country by U.S, News & World Report Travel, America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van will be held on Thursday, November 26. For more information, visit

The parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 150 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the parade route.


Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff , JERSEY BOYS won the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia), and continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America. JERSEY BOYS worldwide has been seen by over 22 million people (as of January, 2015). JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award® -winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. The show features all of the their hit songs including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 89 years of Parade tradition in Detroit and is committed to funding, creating and executing the best family events in Michigan. The Parade Company staff, board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit and the region including the Ford Fireworks, Hob Nobble Gobble® presented by Ford Motor Company, Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot and America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van. Follow The Parade Company on Facebook and Twitter.

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