Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell Host Broadway Barks July 8

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The annual pet adoption event in Shubert Alley will feature appearances by Gavin Creel, Rachel Bay Jones, Laurie Metcalf, and many more.
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Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell
Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters and her Mozart in the Jungle co-star Malcolm McDowell co-host the 19th annual dog and cat adoption event July 8 in Shubert Alley.

The event, co-founded by three-time Tony recipient Peters and the late Mary Tyler Moore, features celebrities of the Great White Way helping to find homes for animals in need from 27 participating NY-area shelters. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, begins at 3 PM; celebrity presentations of adoptable pets will take place between 5–6:30 PM. (A Broadway Barks poster signing with Peters and McDowell starts at noon.)

“I’m so delighted to welcome my wonderful friend Malcolm to this year’s Broadway Barks. His deep concern and devotion to animals makes him a perfect co-host," said Peters in an earlier statement. "And this year our poster art is painted by Malcolm’s wife, designer Kelly McDowell. It’s full of whimsy and it’s magical!”

The inaugural Mary Tyler Moore Award will be given to Sophie Gamand, the award-winning French photographer and animal advocate. Since 2010, Gamand has been focusing on humans and dogs and their relationships. Gamand travels throughout the U.S. photographing shelter animals to help bring awareness to their fate and help find them permanent homes.

Celebrity presenters are scheduled to include Christy Altomare, Kate Baldwin, James Barbour, P.J. Benjamin, John Bolton, Steven Booth, Petrina Bromley, Sophia Anne Caruso, Jenn Colella, Corey Cott, Gavin Creel, Alma Cuervo, Ariana DeBose, Siobhan Dillon, Barrett Doss, John Dossett, Susan Dunstan, Christine Ebersole, Jennifer Ehle, Kim Exum, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jenn Gambatese, Janeane Garofalo, Mandy Gonzalez, Jackie Hoffman, Jayne Houdyshell, Ben Jacoby, Rachel Bay Jones, Andy Karl, Kendra Kassebaum, Derek Klena, Beth Leavel, Katrina Lenk, Laurie Metcalf, Abby Mueller, Bebe Neuwirth, Eva Noblezada, Caroline O’Connor, Laura Osnes, William Parry, Mary Beth Peil, Eric Petersen, David Hyde Pierce, Condola Rashad, Will Roland, Nic Rouleau, Charlie Russell, Caesar Samayoa, Brian Sears, Douglas Sills, Bobby Conte Thornton, Evan Todd, Taylor Trensch, Celia Weston, Betsy Wolfe, and Jessica Keenan Wynn.

Broadway Barks features adoptable animals from the following New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies: Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue Inc, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition) Shelter, Bideawee, Bobbi and the Strays, City Critters, The Humane Society of New York, Husky House. KittyKind, Linda’s Cat Assistance, Loving Touch, Main Line Animal Rescue, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League, Inc., New York Pet-I-Care, Pet ResQ Inc., P.L.U.T.O. Rescue of Richmond County, Jack Russel; Refruge, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, The Tigger Foundation, Urban Cat League, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc.

Check out photos from last year's event below:

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 more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

For more information about Broadway Barks, visit


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