Themed As “The Magic Of Christmas”, Michael Will Join Grand Marshals Penn & Teller And A List Of Celebrities For The Annual Holiday Celebration Which Airs at December 11th At 8pm On The CW Network.
Now in it’s 84th year, the parade has become an institution with not only residents throughout Los Angeles but also with television viewers around the world. Grand Marshals Penn & Teller will oversee the celebration and will be joined by co-hosts Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, and Montel Williams. Celebrities who will be riding and appearing in the parade include Oscar De La Hoya, the cast of Days of our Lives, Jonathan Silverman, Mark Steines, Christina Ferrare, John O’Hurley, Jack Scalia, Holly Madison, Meghan Shanley, and many more.
During the parade, viewers will see Michael levitate a girl high above Hollywood Blvd in front of the historic El Capitan Theater, assisted by guest hosts Elizabeth Stanton (Elizabeth Stanton’s Great Big World) and Garrett Clayton (King Cobra, Disney’s Teen Beach), while a live audience of 125,000 people line the streets and watch from every direction. Michael will also perform a piece of interactive close-up magic with Garrett and Elizabeth in front of the audience grandstand.
“I’m thrilled to be performing in this year’s Hollywood Christmas Parade,” Michael said. “I remember our family watching the parade on television every year, when I was growing up. I’m very excited to be able to share our magic with everyone watching this year and I hope that it contributes to the uplifting feeling that everyone should have during the holiday season.”
Recently named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and one of the popular stars of the hit CW series “Masters of Illusion” (now in its second season and airing in over 100 countries around the world) and the Pop TV series “Don’t Blink”, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an exceptional entertainer. His magic has been featured in national and international television specials and series (NBC’s The World’s Most Dangerous Magic, CW’s Masters of Illusion, FOX’s Bones, Pop TV’s Don’t Blink, The Bold and the Beautiful, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight), during NFL halftime shows, major league baseball games, and NBA basketball games, with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and symphony orchestras, in Washington DC’s National Independence Day Parade, and at The White House.
Michael has had a busy year with live performances in casinos, theaters, and venues around the country including Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City and Southern California, the Chicago Bulls NBA Playoff Game at United Center in Chicago (during which Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley commented in amazement during the live TNT halftime report), Universal Studios in Hollywood, Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, the A10 Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in New York City, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and the Kei Lani Resort in Maui, Hawaii. This October, Michael performed the halftime show for the Arizona Cardinals ESPN Monday Night Football Game, while a live audience of 65,000 people watched with a 360 degree view as he made people to appear, disappear, and levitate on the 50 yard line. Legendary rock band Journey opened the same game, performing the national anthem. Michael was also honored to be the featured guest artist for a sold-out Halloween concert blending Michael’s original grand illusions with the music of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (Huntsville, Alabama) and he was a featured magician in a November episode of the Emmy-nominated FOX series “Bones”.
The two-hour Hollywood Christmas Parade special will air on Friday, December 11 at 8:00pm on The CW and Hallmark Channel will air multiple runs beginning December 19. The parade will also air to more than one million American servicemen and women worldwide on the American Forces Network. The parade will benefit the Marine Toys for Tots program, which provides gifts to less fortunate children around the world.
To see some of Michael’s magic in action, here is a link to his 2015-16 stadium, television, and theater highlights reel:
https://youtu.be/1JHlgeulfA4 – Michael Grandinetti – Magic Across America
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For more information on Michael Grandinetti, please visit www.michaelgrandinetti.com