Alix Korey is doing it for a Bichon Frise named Zoe. Deborah Gibson's doing it for Rosie the cocker spaniel and Daisy the sheltie. Both ladies are joining Rue McClanahan for a special pet benefit Songs from the Heart: Broadway Goes to the Dogs April 8 at Upstairs at 54.
Among the evening's numbers, all dedicated to dogs and their owners, will be "Times Like This" (aka "The Dog Song" from Lucky Stiff), sung by Korey and "My Puppy Grew," a self-penned piece by Gibson, who will accompany herself on banjo. She will also sing and play a piano medley.
April Nickell directs the starry cast. Also participating are Heather MacRae, Mark Nadler, John Sloman, Cheryl Stern, Jamison Stern and Barbara Walsh.
Songs from the Heart: Broadway Goes to the Dogs benefits Stray From the Heart, a volunteer dog rescue organization. In their first year of operation, they have already helped some 250 dogs, often saving them from violence or neglect.
Tickets are $75 and $100 for VIP admission and includes two drinks. Upstairs at 54 is located at 254 West 54th Street. For reservations, call (212) 206-1515. Stray From the Heart is on the web at http://www.StrayfromtheHeart.org. — By Christine Ehren