Friends and Broadway Barks co-creators Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore will return as hosts for the event, which begins at 3:30 PM. The celebrity presentation of pets from New York City animal shelters is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM.
Those who have recently agreed to be part of the event include Gary Beach, Christian Borle, John Treacy Egan, Sutton Foster, Jenn Gambatese, Crystal Hunt, Beth Leavel, Nellie McKay, Judy McLane, Bebe Neuwirth, Kate Reinders, Angie Schworer, Josh Strickland, Russell Tovey, Jacob Young and the cast of Tails: The Musical. These actors join the previously announced Lucie Arnaz, Michael Cerveris, Victoria Clark, Georgia Engel, Eden Espinosa, David Garrison, Shuler Hensley, Christian Hoff, Cheyenne Jackson, Cherry Jones, Carol Kane, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Bob Martin, Sarah Paulson, Daniel Reichard, Bobby Spencer and John Lloyd Young.
In a statement, co-host Moore said, "It’s hard to believe that we are celebrating the eighth season of Broadway Barks! Throughout the years, it has become a beloved Shubert Alley tradition and a highly-anticipated event in the theatre community. It is extremely gratifying to know that so many lovable pets will find homes thanks to the many enthusiastic theatre fans and animal lovers who attend Broadway Barks! each year."
Two-time Tony winner Peters added, "Mary and I are extremely pleased by the continued success of Broadway Barks! It is rewarding to know that we are saving animals’ lives and fostering a spirit of community among animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the city."
Produced by Broadway Care/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will feature pets from numerous Manhattan animal shelters and adoption agencies, including A Cause for Paws, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Angelical Cat, Animal Haven, ASPCA, AC&C, BARC, Bid-A-Wee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Rescue, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, NYC Siamese Rescue, Pet-I-Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, Staten Island Council for Animal Welfare, Stray from the Heart and Tigger Foundation. Celebrity-autographed memorabilia is also available for auction on www.eBay.com using the key words "Bernadette Peters." Proceeds from the auction and the July 8 event will benefit those shelters and organizations taking part in the fundraiser.
Shubert Alley is located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. In the event of rain, Broadway Barks 8! will be held Saturday, July 22 at 3:30 PM.
For more information call (212) 840-0770, ext. 477 or log on to www.broadwaybarks.com.