PHOTO CALL: Audra McDonald, James Franco, Norm Lewis, Sierra Boggess, Zach Braff, Jessie Mueller, Lesli Margherita and More at Broadway Barks 16

By Joseph Marzullo
13 Jul 2014

Broadway Barks 16 — the annual dog and cat adoption event founded by pals Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore to find homes for pets from city animal shelters — was held July 12 from 3-6 PM in Shubert Alley. Audra McDonald, James Franco, Sierra Boggess, Zach Braff and Bebe Neuwirth were among the stars that helped area pets in need find a forever home.



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Bernadette Peters and James Franco
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Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day 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 included include Brooks Ashmanskas, P.J. Benjamin, Bill Berloni, Sierra Boggess, Zach Braff, Krystal Joy Brown, Danny Burstein, Jane Carr, Victoria Clark, Lauren Cohn, Jenn Colella, Nick Cordero, Colin Donnell, John Dossett, Christine Dwyer, Linda Emond, Felicia Finley, Jessie Fisher, Barrett Foa, James Franco, Sarah Greene, Justin Guarini, Matt Harrington, Bill Heck, James Monroe Iglehart, Rachel Bay Jones, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Lesli Margherita, Kyle Dean Massey, Marin Mazzie, Audra McDonald, Judy McLane, Bebe Neuwirth, Jim Norton, Jill Paice, Vincent Pastore, Courtney Reed, Ciara Renee, Christopher Sieber, Jarrod Spector, Mary Testa, Betsy Wolfe, Lenny Wolpe, Heléne Yorke and Karen Ziemba.

Attendees were also treated to a performance by Tony winner Jessie Mueller and the cast of #Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Presentation of pets from citywide shelters began 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, 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.

Shubert Alley is located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. The event was free and open to the public.

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Sponsors include the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), the Shubert Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters, Daryl Roth, Clarence Nederlander, Michael David of The Dodgers, Marty and Perry Granoff, Mary Jo and Ted Shen and The New York Times.

For more information, visit the BC/EFA website at www.bcefa.org or call (212) 840-0770.