Some of the brightest stars in the world of entertainment happily took on supporting roles on July 12th at an annual event which helps to cast dogs and cats from New York City animal shelters and rescues in the roles of beloved four-legged family members in the hearts and homes of forever pet parents.
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the curtain rose in Shubert Alley on the 16th edition of Broadway Barks! with a performance by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and the cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, followed by a lineup of luminaries shining a spotlight on the option of pet adoption in a presentation of pets which included:
Currently sharing the stage in the Tony-nominated musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway with Trixie, a Pomeranian who was saved from life in a South Carolina puppy mill, Zach Braff quickly bonded with tiny Taco during Broadway Barks. The former Scrubs star wasn’t the only canine-loving cast member of the popular play (which is based on Woody Allen’s 1994 film of the same name) to show dogged devotion to the paws cause– Marin Mazzie, Helene Yorke, Nick Cordero, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe and Karen Ziemba also helped to showcase adorable adoptables, and the chorus of Bullets Babes made Butterscotch Bites to raise funds for Broadway Barks!
Having recently celebrated the 100th performance of her hit play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill with her canine co-star Roxie, (a chihuahua believed to be a survivor of Hurricane Katrina), six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald helped an adoptable pup lap up the limelight:
Putting a song in the hearts of his Fido-loving fans, American Idol season one runner-up Justin Guarini– who now stars in Wicked– was among the many stars to show their support for the annual adoption event:
Currently starring in Of Mice and Men with Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester, Jim Norton and Violet– a 14-year-old, deaf Pit Bull who received a new lease on life after her adoption from the Brooklyn Animal Care and Control– James Franco (seen here with cute kitty Totes Magotes) took on the role of Broadway Barks! co-host alongside the event’s co-founder, Bernadette Peters:
Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning performer Bernadette Peters, who co-founded Broadway Barks! with Mary Tyler Moore in 1999, co-hosted the event for the 16th year:
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