Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day will benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups as well as the Picasso Veterinary Fund, which is administered by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and provides grants to shelters and rescue groups to cover extraordinary veterinary costs.
Last year's Broadway Barks featured the participation of more than 27 animal shelters from the New York City area, which led to a total of more than 200 adoptions.
Celebrities announced to appear include Brooks Ashmanskas (Bullets Over Broadway), Sierra Boggess (The Phantom of the Opera), Paige Brady (Matilda The Musical), Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway), Krystal Joy Brown (Motown The Musical), Danny Burstein (Cabaret), Jane Carr (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Victoria Clark (Cinderella), Lauren Cohn (Mamma Mia!), Jenn Colella (If/Then), Nick Cordero (Bullets Over Broadway), Colin Donnell (Violet), John Dossett (Newsies), Christine Dwyer (Wicked), Linda Emond (Cabaret), Felicia Finley (Mamma Mia!), Jessie Fisher (Once), Alexander Gemignani (Violet), Sarah Greene (The Cripple of Inishmaan), Justin Guarini (Wicked), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Matt Harrington (Matilda The Musical), Samantha Hill (Les Misérables), Jackie Hoffman (The Addams Family), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin), Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin), Andy Karl (Rocky), Anika Larsen (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Adriane Lenox (After Midnight), Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin), Marin Mazzie (Bullets Over Broadway), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson Bar & Grill), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Andy Mientus (Les Misérables), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), Jim Norton (Of Mice and Men), Jill Paice (Matilda The Musical), Vincent Pastore (Bullets Over Broadway), Gabriella Pizzolo (Matilda The Musical), Karine Plantadit (After Midnight), Courtney Reed (Aladdin), Ciara Renee (Pippin), Cliff Saunders (Les Misérables), Margo Seibert (Rocky), Christopher Sieber (Matilda The Musical), Ripley Sobo (Matilda The Musical), Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Will Swenson (Les Misérables), Mary Testa (Wicked), Ava Ulloa (Matilda The Musical), Betsy Wolfe (Bullets Over Broadway), Lenny Wolpe (Bullets Over Broadway), Heléne Yorke (Bullets Over Broadway) and Karen Ziemba (Bullets Over Broadway).
Presentation of pets from citywide shelters will begin at 5 PM. Participating shelters include ASPCA, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt a Boxer Rescue, Animal Care and Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF), BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition), Bideawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York (HSNY), Husky House, KittyKind, Loving Touch Animal Center, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, NY Pet-I-Care, PetResQ, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue (Pet Lovers United Together As One), Posh Pets Rescue, Russell Refuge, Save Kitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. For more information, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.