The 17th annual Broadway Barks fundraiser — the star-studded dog and cat adoption event to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore — will be held July 11 in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue).
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the festivities begin at 3 PM, where attendees will be able to meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; followed by celebrity presentations of adoptable pets from 5-6:30 PM.
This year’s event will be co-hosted by Tony winner Peters and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells. The event is free and open to the public.
Celebrity participants are scheduled to include the following: Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten!), Clyde Alves (On the Town), James Barbour (The Phantom of the Opera), Ian Barford (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Bill Berloni (Trainer to the Animal Stars), Heidi Blickenstaff (Something Rotten!), Sierra Boggess (It Shoulda Been You), Christian Borle (Something Rotten), Caroline Bowman (Wicked), Marylouise Burke (Fish in the Dark), Mary Callanan (Mamma Mia!), Scott J. Campbell (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), John Cariani (Something Rotten!), Carolee Carmello (Finding Neverland), Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Leanne Cope (An American in Paris), Corey Cott (Gigi), Veanne Cox (An American in Paris), Gavin Creel (The Book of Mormon), Nikki Renée Daniels (The Book of Mormon), Tracy Jai Edwards (Ruthless! The Musical), Alison Ewing (Mamma Mia!), Francesca Faridany (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Tori Feinstein (Matilda the Musical), Jonathan Freeman (Aladdin), Montego Glover (It Shoulda Been You), Harriet Harris (It Shoulda Been You), Glenne Headly (Fish in the Dark), Edward Hibbert (It Shoulda Been You), Jackie Hoffman (On the Town), Dee Hoty (Gigi), Jayne Houdyshell (Fish in the Dark), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Andy Karl (On the Twentieth Century), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Jeff Kready (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), Marvin Laird (Ruthless! The Musical), Peter Land (Ruthless! The Musical), Kara Lindsay (Wicked), Sydney Lucas (Fun Home), Alison Luff (Matilda The Musical), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Kim Maresca (Ruthless! The Musical), Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Andrea McCullough (Ruthless! The Musical), Howard McGillin (Gigi), Rita McKenzie (Ruthless! The Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Tori Murray (Ruthless! The Musical), Bebe Neuwirth (Madam Secretary), Michael Oberholtzer (Hand to God), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten), Jill Paice (An American in Paris), Joel Paley (Ruthless! The Musical), Mary Beth Peil (The Visit), Kate Reinders (Something Rotten!), Kate Shindle (Wonderland), Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical), Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Sarah Stiles (Hand to God), Taylor Trensch (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Michael Urie (Shows for Days), Max von Essen (An American in Paris), Julie White (SYLVIA on Broadway), Amra-Faye Wright (Chicago), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Chip Zien (It Shoulda Been You).
“First, we love animals at BC/EFA and most especially those furry and four-footed pals who at one time or another needed a forever home,” said BC/EFA’s executive director Tom Viola in a statement. “Second, we also love Bernadette Peters, one of our earliest and now long time champions. In appreciation of the theatre community’s unprecedented commitment to more than 27 years of fundraising, BC/EFA is happy to join Bernadette, Mary Tyler Moore and a host of Broadway’s best each summer for Broadway Barks. It’s one of the happiest days of our annual event calendar.”
“Since 2003, the lives of more than 250,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance Participating Organizations, many of which, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have participated in Broadway Barks over the years,” added Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 17 brilliant years of saving lives through Broadway Barks.”
Broadway Barks will feature adoptable animals from the following New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies including: ASPCA®, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt a Boxer Rescue, Animal Care and Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cat Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition), Bideawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York (HSNY), Husky House, Kitty Kind, Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, NY Pet-I-Care, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue (Pet Lovers United Together As One), Posh Pets Rescue, Save A Yorkie Rescue, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
Sponsors include Sylvia on Broadway, with additional sponsorship from Marty and Perry Granoff, Jujamcyn Theaters, The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund, James L. Nederlander, Petplan Pet Insurance, Daryl Roth, The Shubert Organization, and The New York Times.