John Benjamin Hickey, Kerry Butler, Beth Leavel, Bebe Neuwirth Join Broadway Barks Lineup

News   John Benjamin Hickey, Kerry Butler, Beth Leavel, Bebe Neuwirth Join Broadway Barks Lineup
Broadway Barks! 13 — the annual adopt-a-thon created by pals Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore to find homes for pets from city animal shelters — will be held July 9 from 3:30-6:30 PM in Shubert Alley.

Presentation of pets from citywide shelters will begin at 5:30 PM. Moore and Peters will be joined by previously announced celebrity presenters Heidi Blickenstaff, Victoria Clark, Edie Falco, Adam Godley, Jackie Hoffman, Nikki M. James, Isabel Keating, Michael McGrath, John McMartin, Patina Miller, Michael Mulheren, Brad Oscar, Andrew Rannells, Will Swenson and Yul Vazquez.

Newly announced for the fundraiser are Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Nina Arianda (Born Yesterday), Kerry Butler (Catch Me If You Can), John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart), Beth Leavel (Baby, It's You), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia!), Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family), Rory O’Malley (The Book of Mormon) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Mother With the Hat).

The annual event will feature a sampling of adoptable pets from several New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, including Animal Care & Control of New York City, Adopt A Boxer Rescue, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats Rescue, Animal Relief Fund, the ASPCA, Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, Bideawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, Kitty Kind, Long Island Greyhound Rescue, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metropolitan Maltese Rescue, Mid Atlantic Great Dane Rescue, North Shore Animal League America, Pet-I-Care, PLUTO Rescue of Richmond County, Russell Refuge, SaveKitty Foundation, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation, Urban Cat League and Waggin' Train Rescue.

Broadway Barks!, which is sponsored by the ASPCA and the New York Times, will also feature an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia. Proceeds from the auction and other donations received during the day will benefit the shelters and organizations attending.

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Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the nation's largest industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. Since its founding in 1988 the organization has distributed over $170 million for services for people with AIDS, HIV or HIV-related illnesses.

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

Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters Photo by Timothy White
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