November is jam-packed on all entertainment fronts. Between football and basketball seasons overlapping, theatre shows shifting gears into the holiday season, and talked-about concert tours getting underway, here are all of this month’s must-see events.
- College basketball gets underway this month after facing scandal in the off-season. After allegations that a number of DI coaches and teams worked with Adidas brand to bribe prospective players into joining them, all eyes will be fixated on the schools in question, including some of the country’s top squads. Reigning men’s hoops champion North Carolina will hope to have another dominant season when they dive into the season. Roy Williams’ squad are scheduled to play Northern Iowa, Bucknell, Stanford and Michigan this month, as well as their participation in the Phil Knight Invitational over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Football continues to be the dominant sporting event in November, particularly when Week 12 dishes out the league’s annual Thanksgiving Day games. This year’s Turkey Day matchups include Minnesota at Detroit (12:30 p.m. local time), the Chargers vs. Cowboys in Dallas (4:30 p.m.) and the Giants facing the Redskins in Maryland for the night game (kick off at 8:30 p.m.). Other notable pairings that weekend include Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh, Kansas City vs. Buffalo and the AFC East matchup between the Patriots and Dolphins, all taking place Sunday, Nov. 26.
- Tony winner Ben Platt will take his final bow as Dear Evan Hansen‘s leading man on November 19. Platt, who also appeared in The Book of Mormon and films like Pitch Perfect, originated the role of shy teenager Evan Hansen, which earned him plenty of praise and recognition across the theatre world. While the remainder of the show’s cast is contracted to stay on board through next spring, Platt exits the production with plenty of opportunities ahead of him. Stepping into the role as his immediate replacement will be Noah Galvin, while Taylor Trensch will take over as leading man in January.
- One man has arrived on Broadway whose name holds as much power and popularity as Hamilton, and that man is Bruce Springsteen. The Boss launched his Springsteen on Broadway series last month, drawing in a staggering $2.3 million in his first week alone. The rock legend shows fans a different side of him in the intimate show, which runs times a week at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Originally picked up for a preliminary eight-week run, the immense popularity of Springsteen and high demand for tickets has extended the show through February. Tickets are going fast so be sure to get yours here.
- Beloved holiday stage shows are about to take over stages across the country as the season rapidly swings into high gear. Classic favorites like productions of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker will be performed widespread, while other shows are limited to one region, like New York City staple Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which begins its annual run November 10.
- Holiday shows are also the highlights of the music industry this month. Our top concert pick for November is the breathtaking Ghosts of Christmas Eve show by the always impressive Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Despite this being the band’s first tour without founder Paul O’Neill, who passed earlier this year, TSO is expected to bring their A-game once more for the unique concert experience which features stunning light and laser displays set to heart-pounding rock music.
- Acclaimed violinist and Dancing with the Stars contestant Lindsey Stirling kicks off her Warmer in the Winter Christmas tour in Albany, NY November 8, the first of 31 U.S. shows. Stirling is notable for fusing classical violin with modern music,incorporating the instrument into pop, R&B and even hip-hop arrangements. Her holiday LP, Warmer in the Winter, sees her put a unique spin on traditional favorites like “Silent Night,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” as well as three original songs.