Mary Tyler Moore Award Presented at Broadway Barks

A chorus line of dogs and cats who had been waiting in the wings at 28 New York area rescue organizations and animal shelters took center stage on July 8th as the curtain rose on an annual celebration of pet adoption– Broadway Barks!

Marking its 19th year in 2017, the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS-produced production was co-founded in 1999 by Tony and Emmy Award winner Bernadette Peters and entertainment icon Mary Tyler Moore. Moore, whose iconic television character ‘turned the world on with her smile,’ passed away in early 2017, but the memory of the star’s dedication to turning the world on to helping homeless dogs and cats will live on through the annual adoption event. Love was all around as Bernadette Peters paid tribute to the actress with a performance of The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme song (complete with hat toss) and by launching The Mary Tyler Moore Award. The first recipient of the accolade was given to Sophie Gamand, a noted New York-based French photographer and rescue volunteer who has brought the beauty of shelter animals into focus with her camera.

Stepping into the role of Bernadette Peters’ co-host at the event was her Mozart in the Jungle co-star, Malcolm McDowell. Making the adoption event a family affair, the acclaimed actor’s wife (designer Kelly McDowell) created the artwork for this year’s Broadway Barks poster and playbill. Raising funds for the paws cause, Peters and the McDowells autographed copies prior to the start of Broadway Barks.

The line-up of Broadway’s brightest stars who helped to shine a spotlight on adorable adoptables included:

A proud pet parent to a Boston Terrier/Chihuahua named President McKinley, Michael Urie— who television viewers will remember from the hit comedy series Ugly Betty– made an encore appearance at Broadway Barks.

Presently in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, David Hyde Pierce, who shared screen time with the tail-wagging thespian Moose during his days on Frasier, was also a repeat presenter at Broadway Barks:

Nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the revival of Miss Saigon, Eva Noblezada won the hearts of animal lovers by taking part in the adoption event:

Not wanting any adoptables to miss their shot at finding a forever home, Mandy Gonzalez— who stars as Angelica Schuyler in the pop culture phenomenon Hamilton— took part in the annual adoption event. The actress also stepped on to the stage in Schubert Alley for a Broadway Barks event in 2007 when she starred in another Lin-Manuel Miranda production, In the Heights:

Helping the effort to find forever homes for dogs and cats in need was A Doll’s House, Part 2 star/Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad:

Known by TV buffs for her roles in Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory, Laurie Metcalf— who won a Tony Award in 2017 for her work in A Doll’s House, Part 2— helped homeless dogs in their effort to win the role of a lifetime as members of a forever family.

The list of celebrity presenters included:

Christy Altomare (Anastasia)
Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!)
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)
Barrett Doss (Groundhog Day)
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)
Kim Exum (The Book of Mormon)
Rebecca Faulkenberry (Groundhog Day)
Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and The Chocolate Factory)
Jenn Gamgatese (School of Rock- The Musical)
Jeaneane Garofalo (Marvin’s Room; 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)
Chad Kimball (Come From Away)
Derek Klena (Anastasia)
Beth Leavel (Bandstand)
Katrina Lenk (Indecent)
Mimi Lieber (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 the CBS drama Madame Secretary)
Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon)
Caroline O’Connor (Anastasia)
Laura Osnes (Bandstand)
Mamie Parris (CATS)
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 on the classic comedy series Frasier)
Condola Rashad (A Doll’s House, Part 2)
Jelani Remy (The Lion King)
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)
Jennifer Simard (Hello, Dolly!)
Bobby Conte Thorton (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)
Michael Xavier (Sunset Boulevard)

Photo Credit: Photo of Bernadette Peters by Bryan Levi; photos courtesy Katz PR

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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.