Violet was once facing the possibility that her life’s final act would play out in a shelter. Picked up by animal control in Brooklyn in 2011, the discovery of a microchip should have given her tale a happily ever after ending, but when contacted her guardians had no interest in re-casting the senior Pit Bull in the role of their four-legged family member. Luckily, fate had other plans for the deaf dog with the expressive face, and today Violet not only has a forever home– she’s also made herself at home on the Broadway stage.
Learning her cues from animal trainer Lydia DesRoche, the 14-year-old tail-wagging thespian– who BroadwayBarks.com reports was adopted from Brooklyn Animal Care and Control by a friend of DeRoche’s– is currently starring as “Candy’s dog” at the Longacre Theater in New York City alongside Golden Globe winner James Franco (127 Hours, Milk), Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Leiston Meester (Gossip Girl) and Tony Award winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) in the Tony-nominated adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic, Of Mice and Men.
Of Mice and Men is one of several Broadway stage productions featuring rescued Rovers which have been honored with a 2014 Tony Award nomination. When the awards presentation is broadcast June 8th on CBS, dog devotees can also cheer for the musical comedy Bullets Over Broadway, which includes Trixie, a Pomeranian who was saved from life in a puppy mill, in its cast; and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, which features Roxie– a Chihuahua thought to be a survivor of Hurricane Katrina– in the role of jazz legend Billie Holiday’s beloved canine companion, Pepe.
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