Bernadette Peters and her adopted dogs, Stella and Kramer, will lead Broadway Barks!, a special benefit for the ASPCA, Bide-A-Wee, Center for Animal Care and Control, the Humane Society of New York and the North Shore Animal League, July 24 in Shubert Alley. Other expected Broadway stars who will serve as animal presenters are Tom Wopat (Annie Get Your Gun), Joel Grey and Ruthie Henshall (Chicago), George Segal, Wayne Knight and Buck Henry (Art), Edie Falco (Side Man), Scott Wise (Fosse), Andrea McArdle (Beauty and the Beast), Cathy Rigby (Peter Pan) and Michael Cerveris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch< Titanic). The stars even include two actors who have played dogs: 1999 Tony Award winner Roger Bart (You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Nana the Dog from Peter Pan) as well as Sandy, the dog from Annie (with celebrity dog trainer Bill Berloni).
Members of the audience can adopt cats and dogs shown by the stars. Representatives of the five organizations benefiting from the event will be on hand to dicuss their animal shelters.
FIDO/NYC is an animal welfare organization co-founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore. For more information, call (212) 227-BARK. A rain date for the event has been set for July 31.