The noon event will feature 13 dogs that are all available for adoption. The pooches and their handlers will trump many of the dogs' talents, including skateboarding, carriage-pushing and piano playing. Joining Peters as judges will be Prince Lorenzo Borghese (from ABC's "The Bachelor"), DJ Angie Martinez and "Animal Precinct" host Annemarie Lucas.
Winners will be judged on several criteria: overall presentation, dog's attentiveness to his or her trainer and creativity of the commands learned.
ASPCA Senior Vice President of Adoption Center & Mobile Clinic Outreach Gail Buchwald said in a statement, "The talent show is testimony to how far these dogs have come since their arrival here. Not only do we hope these pooches will find good homes, but we hope that throughout the month of February, animal lovers will visit the many adoption events taking place throughout the city and find a furry companion."
Bernadette Peters was last on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Gypsy, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Momma Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed production. She won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Peters' newest live recording, "Sondheim, Etc., Etc.—Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It)," is available on the Angel Records label. Sony Classics has also just released a "Legends of Broadway" CD celebrating her theatrical career.
The event will be held at the ASPCA in Manhattan in the 2nd floor training room. The ASPCA is located at 424 East 92nd Street. For more information visit www.aspca.org.