Broadway Barks 19 Helps Adoptable Dogs

The Tony Awards may be Broadway’s biggest night but, in the eyes of animal lovers, July 8 will be Broadway’s biggest day as stars of The Great White Way take on supporting roles in order to set the stage for a better tomorrow for dogs and cats in need.

Bernadette Peters at the 18th annual Broadway Barks pet adoption event:

For the 19th consecutive year, the curtain will rise this summer on Broadway Barks, an event co-founded by Tony-and Emmy Award-winner Bernadette Peters and the late entertainment icon Mary Tyler Moore. Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, once again a series of celebrities will help adorable adoptables from 28 New York animal welfare organizations take center stage in Shubert Alley in the hope that they will land a permanent gig in a forever home.

Broadway Barks 19 Co-Host

From Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange and the title role in Caligula to Dr. Tolian Soran in Star Trek Generations, over the course of his career Malcolm McDowell has gained fame for portraying villains.  However, at Broadway Barks the iconic star will play the hero as he steps into the role of the pet adoption event’s co-host alongside his current co-star in the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, Bernadette Peters. Creating the poster art for the 19th annual Broadway Barks is McDowell’s co-star in real life– his wife, designer Kelly McDowell, BroadwayWorld reports.

Broadway Barks 19 will be an encore performance for Tony- and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, who has taken part in the pet adoption event many times:

Animal-loving Luminaries Scheduled to Shine a Spotlight on Adoptables

The cast of canine- and-cat-loving theater greats scheduled to help adoptables land the role of a lifetime as a forever pet parent’s pal with paws includes:

* indicates a 2017 Tony Award nominee

  • Christy Altomare (Anastasia)
  • James Barbour (Phantom of the Opera)
  • P.J. Benjamin (Wicked)
  • John Bolton (Anastasia)
  • Reed Birney (1984)
  • Steven Booth (School of Rock- The Musical)
  • Petrina Bromley (Come From Away)
  • Sophie Anne Caruso (Lazarus)
  • *Jenn Colella (Come From Away)
  • Corey Cott (Bandstand)
  • *Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!)
  • Alma Cuervo (On Your Feet! The Musical)
  • Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale The Musical)
  • Siobhan Dillon (Sunset Boulevard)
  • John Dossett (War Paint)
  • Susan Dunstan (Come From Away)
  • *Christine Ebersole (War Paint; Tony Award winner; star of the TBS series Sullivan & Son)
  • *Jennifer Ehle (Oslo; Tony Award winner; BAFTA winner for her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC miniseries Pride and Prejudice)
  • Kim Exum (The Book of Mormon)
  • Rebecca Faulkenberry (Groundhog Day)
  • Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
  • Jenn Gambatese (School of Rock- The Musical)
  • Janeane Garofalo (Marvin’s Room; stand-up comic; star of the movie Reality Bites)
  • Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton)
  • Jackie Hoffman (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
  • *Jayne Houdyshell (A Doll’s House, Part 2)
  • Ben Jacoby (Beautiful- The Carole King Musical)
  • *Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen)
  • *Andy Karl (Groundhog Day)
  • Kendra Kassebaum (Come From Away)
  • Derek Klena (Anastasia)
  • Beth Leavel (Bandstand)
  • Katrina Lenk (Indecent)
  • *Laurie Metcalf (A Doll’s House, Part 2; Emmy Award winner for the 90s sitcom Roseanne)
  • Abby Meuller (Beautiful- The Carole King Musical)
  • Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago; Tony Award winner; Emmy Award winner; star of CBS drama Madam Secretary)
  • *Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon)
  • Caroline O’Connor (Anastasia)
  • Laura Osnes (Bandstand)
  • William Parry (Groundhog Day)
  • *Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia)
  • Eric Petersen (School of Rock- The Musical)
  • *David Hyde Pierce (Hello, Dolly!; Tony Award winner; Emmy Award-winning star of the comedy series Frasier)
  • *Condola Rashad (A Doll’s House, Part 2)
  • Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen)
  • Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon)
  • Charlie Russell (The Play That Goes Wrong)
  • Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away)
  • Brian Sears (The Book of Mormon)
  • Douglas Sills (War Paint)
  • Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale The Musical)
  • Evan Todd (Beautiful- The Carole King Musical)
  • Taylor Trensche (Hello, Dolly!)
  • Celia Weston (Marvin’s Room)
  • Betsy Wolfe (Waitress)
  • Jessica Keenan Wynn (Beautiful- The Carole King Musical)

Adoptable dogs and cats from the following organizations who have been waiting in the wings for their big break will steal the show as the stars of Broadway Barks:

  • Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue
  • Adopt a Boxer Rescue,
  • The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
  • Animal Haven
  • Anjellicle Cats Rescue
  • Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons
  • BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition) Shelter
  • Bideawee
  • Bobbi and the Strays
  • City Critters
  • The Humane Society of New York
  • Husky House
  • KittyKind
  • Linda’s Cat Assistance
  • Loving Touch
  • Main Line Animal Rescue
  • Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue
  • Metropolitan Maltese Rescue
  • Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League
  • New York Pet-I-Care
  • Pet ResQ Inc.
  • P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County
  • Jack Russell Refuge
  • SaveKitty Foundation
  • Sean Casey Animal Rescue
  • The Tigger Foundation
  • Urban Cat League
  • Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue

Admission: Free

When: July 8, 2017 starting at 3 p.m.; the star-studded presentation of adoptables takes place from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: Shubert Alley, located between 44th and 45th Streets in New York City

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.