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Screw Black Friday. Go See a Broadway Show Instead.

Here's a schedule of shows you can attend in lieu of the consumer demolition derby.

Waitress, starring Katharine McPhee, will be serving up three performances over the Thanksgiving holiday.
(© Matthew Murphy)

It sometimes feels like Thanksgiving has been superseded by an unofficial national holiday: Black Friday. That's the orgy of consumerism that takes place every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving (and, increasingly, on the actual night of Thanksgiving). Every year, low-low prices lure millions of people out to jostle with their fellow Americans over consumer electronics and name-brand clothing. Maybe you'll be one of them. But if you're as exhausted by the thought of Black Friday as I am, might I suggest another option?

This year, as in years past, most shows on Broadway are offering a special Friday matinee for those people who don't want to spend their extra day off shopping. Some shows are even performing on Thanksgiving, which, for the culinarily disinclined, might prove to be an alternative for which every member of the family is thankful. Please, pass the Jagged Little Pill.

Check out the schedules below for details:

Campbell Scott plays Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne's adaptation of A Christmas Carol, directed by Matthew Warchus, at the Lyceum Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)

A Christmas Carol
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Ain't Too Proud
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm

Aladdin
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


American Utopia
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


Beetlejuice
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Betrayal
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Amra-Faye Wright (center) leads the cast of Chicago on Broadway.
(© Jeremy Daniel)

Chicago
Thursday, November 28: 8pm
Friday, November 29: 2:30pm, 8pm


Come From Away
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Dear Evan Hansen
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Derren Brown: Secret
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


Freestyle Love Supreme
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


Caissie Levy and Patti Murin (foreground) are in their last few months starring in Frozen on Broadway.
(© Deen var Meer)

Frozen
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Hadestown
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Hamilton
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm Part One, 8pm Part Two


Jagged Little Pill
Thursday, November 28: 7pm
Friday, November 29: 8pm


Mean Girls
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Moulin Rouge! on Broadway performs twice on Black Friday.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Moulin Rouge!
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Oklahoma!
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Slava's Snowshow
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Slave Play
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


The Book of Mormon
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


The Great Society
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


The Inheritance
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 7pm Part One


The Lightning Thief
Thursday, November 28: 7:30pm
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 7pm


The Lion King
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


The Phantom of the Opera will perform on Thanksgiving and twice on Black Friday.
(© Matthew Murphy)

The Phantom of the Opera
Thursday, November 28: 8pm
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


The Rose Tattoo
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


The Sound Inside
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 8pm


To Kill a Mockingbird
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Tootsie closes on January 5, but it performs twice on Black Friday.
(© Matthew Murphy)

Tootsie
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Waitress
Thursday, November 28: 7pm
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm


Wicked
Thursday, November 28: No Performance
Friday, November 29: 2pm, 8pm

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