Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the festivities begin at 3 PM, where attendees will be able to meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; followed by celebrity presentations of adoptable pets from 5-6:30 PM.
This year’s event is co-hosted by Tony winner Peters and Tony nominee Andrew Rannells. The event is free and open to the public.
Peters will sign copies of her newly published third children’s book, "Stella and Charlie: Friends Forever," at noon in Shubert Alley. She will be joined by artist Ross Bleckner, who designed this year’s Broadway Barks poster and Playbill cover. All proceeds from the sale of Peters' book, the Special Edition poster and Playbill benefit Barks.
Celebrity participants are scheduled to include the following:
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“First, we love animals at BC/EFA and most especially those furry and four-footed pals who at one time or another needed a forever home,” said BC/EFA’s executive director Tom Viola in a statement. “Second, we also love Bernadette Peters, one of our earliest and now long time champions. In appreciation of the theatre community’s unprecedented commitment to more than 27 years of fundraising, BC/EFA is happy to join Bernadette, Mary Tyler Moore and a host of Broadway’s best each summer for Broadway Barks. It’s one of the happiest days of our annual event calendar.”
“Since 2003, the lives of more than 250,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance Participating Organizations, many of which, including Animal Care & Control of NYC, have participated in Broadway Barks over the years," added Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 17 brilliant years of saving lives through Broadway Barks.”
Broadway Barks features adoptable animals from the following New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies including: ASPCA®, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt a Boxer Rescue, Animal Care and Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cat 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, Kitty Kind, Linda’s Feral Cat Assistance, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, NY Pet-I-Care, P.L.U.T.O. Rescue (Pet Lovers United Together As One), Posh Pets Rescue, Save A Yorkie Rescue, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
Sponsors include Sylvia on Broadway, with additional sponsorship from Marty and Perry Granoff, Jujamcyn Theaters, The Marion Dougherty Safe Haven Fund, James L. Nederlander, Petplan Pet Insurance, Daryl Roth, The Shubert Organization, and The New York Times.