BROADWAY BARKS! Hits New York City July 14
Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore's Broadway Barks charity celebrates its 14th anniversary.
Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore
Photos of Broadway Barks are (c) Rick Edwards
New York City is making a difference in the fight against animal overpopulation. In 2002 more than 70% of animals that entered shelters were euthanized, while in recent years that number has dropped to less than one third of the total intake. Such drastic change is due to the hard work and dedication of volunteers, rescuers, and organizations that facilitate adoptions for homeless animals. Leading the charge for change are two familiar faces and shining stars—Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore—the founders of Broadway Barks.
On July 14, 2012 at 3:30 p.m., Peters and Moore will join a slew of Broadway celebrities from the current season’s hit shows, along with throngs of fans and animal advocates for the Broadway Barks star-studded adoption event. The event is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The annual occasion takes place in the renowned Shubert Alley, between Broadway and Eight Avenue, between 44th and 45th Streets. Broadway celebrities will be on hand to make personal presentations of adoptable animals starting at 5:00 p.m. The list of luminaries is growing and already includes Tracie Bennett (End of the Rainbow), Bill Berloni (Dog Trainer-Annie), Jackie Burns (Wicked), Michael Cerveris (Evita), John Dossett (Newsies), Richard Fleeshman (Ghost), Montego Glover (Memphis), Joel Grey (Anything Goes), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Jeremy Jordan (Newsies), Carol Kane (Harvey), Judy Kaye (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Steve Kazee (Once), Angela Lansbury (The Best Man), Dick Latessa (The Lyons), Linda Lavin (The Lyons), Caissie Levy (Ghost), Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess), Michael McGrath (Nice Work If You Can Get It), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), John McMartin (Anything Goes), Cristin Milioti (Once), Bebe Neuwirth, Rory O’Malley (Book of Mormon), Bryce Pinkham (Ghost), Andrew Rannells (Book of Mormon), Chandra Lee Schwartz (Wicked).
Broadway Barks aims to find homes for animals from 27 participating animal welfare and adoption organizations throughout the New York area, while educating the public about the plight of homeless animals in the metro area and around the entire country. “We’re doing our part to make New York City a more humane place for animals. Through our collaborative efforts, we’re moving steadily toward our goal of ensuring that every healthy and treatable dog and cat in New York City has a home,” says Bernadette Peters. Peters is a long-time advocate for animals in need, who got her start in animal welfare at the ground level pulling dogs from shelters and placing them into loving homes—including her own. Bernadette’s two rescue dogs, Stella and Kramer, are the inspiration behind both of her children’s books, Stella is a Star and Broadway Barks.
LIFE+DOG is proud to be a media partner for the 14th annual Broadway Barks event, and we encourage you to get involved. Leading up to the event, the different organizations participating in the event will be highlighted on our website and social networks. If you can’t attend the event or adopt one of the animals yourself, we encourage you to use your voice. We hope you will share these organizations and their adoptable animals through your own networks and help make this year’s event the most successful one yet. Together, we can all make a difference!
Click any thumnail below to view a gallery of photos from photographer Rick Edwards of the star-stuffed past events.