Broadway is going to the dogs on July 13! The 15th annual pet adoption event Broadway Barks! will take place in Shubert Alley, hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. Sponsored by the ASPCA, proceeds from Broadway Barks! benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Broadway Barks! begins at 3:30 PM, with celebrity presentations of pets from citywide animal shelters beginning at 5 PM. The event will also feature a performance by the cast of Jersey Boys.
Celebrities joining Moore and Peters onstage to present animals include Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Charl Brown (Motown the Musical), Bertie Carvel (Matilda), Bryan Terrell Clark (Motown the Musical), Victoria Clark (Cinderella), Lilla Crawford (Annie), Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Charlotte d’Amboise (Pippin), Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown the Musical), John Dossett (Newsies), Gabriel Ebert (Matilda), Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys), Sophia Gennusa (Matilda), Ann Harada (Cinderella), Morgan James (Motown the Musical), Andy Karl (Jersey Boys), Isabel Keating (Spider-Man), Oona Laurence (Matilda), Valisia LeKae (Motown), Terrence Mann (Pippin), Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Andrea Martin (Pippin), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Michael Mulheren (Spider-Man), Bebe Neuwirth, Laura Osnes (Cinderella), David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Andrew Rannells, Bailey Ryon (Matilda the Musical), Stark Sands (Kinky Boots), Milly Shapiro (Matilda the Musical), Matthew James Thomas (Pippin), Clarke Thorell (Annie), Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar), Lauren Ward (Matilda the Musical) and Sigourney Weaver (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike).
“The ASPCA is proud to sponsor Broadway Barks as it celebrates 15 years of showcasing rescued cats and dogs,” Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA said in a statement. “This event clearly highlights the joys that animals have to offer, but it’s important that we not forget the larger issue of animal homelessness in this city, where thousands of animals are still at risk each year. This event reminds potential pet owners to make pet adoption their first option.”