The free event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). Broadway favorite Peters and Grammy winner Gloria Estefan co-host. The festivities begin at 3 PM when attendees can meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; celebrity presentations of adoptable pets will take place beginning at 5 PM and continue to 6:30 PM.
The afternoon features hundreds of adoptable animals from 27 animal rescue groups.
Celebrity participants include James Barbour (Phantom of the Opera), Guiseppe Bausillo (CATS), Bill Berloni (The Crucible), Reed Birney (The Humans), Richard H. Blake (Jersey Boys), Sierra Boggess (School of Rock-The Musical), Ava Briglia (Matilda The Musical), Andrea Burns (On Your Feet), Scott J. Campbell (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus/Blackbird), Allison Case (Matilda The Musical,) Michael Cerveris (Fun Home), Leanne Cope (An American in Paris), Alma E. Cuervo (On Your Feet!), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Fully Committed), Drew Gehling (Waitress), Tyler Hanes (CATS), Sean Hayes (An Act of God), Jessica Hecht (Fiddler on the Roof), Rick Holmes (Matilda The Musical), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Judy Kaye (Wicked), Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Michael Lomenda (Jersey Boys), Rory O’Malley (Hamilton), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Willow McCarthy (Matilda The Musical), Rob McClure (Something Rotten), Rita McKenzie (Ruthless! The Musical), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Kim Maresca (Ruthless! The Musical), Samantha Massell (Fiddler on the Roof), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Shuffle Along), Jessie Mueller (Waitress), Michael Mulheren (Bright Star), Tori Murray (Ruthless! The Musical), Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family), Rory O’Malley (Hamilton), Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!), Jill Paice (An American in Paris), Paul Pecorino (Ruthless! The Musical), Mauricio Pérez (Jersey Boys), Gabriella Pizzolo (Fun Home), Ben Rappaport (Fiddler on the Roof), Ektor Rivera (On Your Feet), Dominic Scaglione Jr. (Jersey Boys), Peter Scolari (Wicked), Emily Skeggs (Fun Home), Corey John Snide (CATS), Amy Spanger (Matilda The Musical), Carrie St. Louis (Wicked), Alexandria Suarez (On Your Feet), Ricky Ubeda (CATS), Quinn VanAntwerp (Jersey Boys), Max von Essen (An American in Paris), Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet!), Aviva Winick (Matilda The Musical), Amra-Faye Wright (Chicago) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).
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.