Seth Rudetsky hosted and provided music direction for the 7:30 PM concert, which featured performances from Laura Osnes (Cinderella), Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Taylor Richardson (Annie), Julia Murney (The Wild Party), John Bolton (A Christmas Story), Ann Hampton Callaway (Swing!), Tituss Burgess (The Little Mermaid) and Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin).
Christian Borle, Laura Osnes, Joel Grey, Andy Karl, Orfeh and More Serenade Furry Friends at Humane Society Benefit
A post-performance reception with cast members (for VIP guests) followed.
Best in Shows was presented by Dorothy and Bill Berloni, and the evening also featured surprise two and four-legged guests.
Tony Award-honored animal trainer Bill Berloni's animals have starred in Broadway, television and Hollywood movies, starting with the original Sandy in Annie in 1977 to the newest Sandy, the star of the upcoming "Annie" film, produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith.
The Berlonis met over 20 years ago and have been rescuing and training animals ever since. They focus their efforts on helping the Humane Society of New York, where Bill is director of animal behavior and training. For the first time, they are bringing their two worlds together, the Humane Society of New York and Broadway, to help raise money for animals in need.