Malcolm McDowell Will Co-Host Broadway Barks With Bernadette Peters; Celebrity Participants Announced

News   Malcolm McDowell Will Co-Host Broadway Barks With Bernadette Peters; Celebrity Participants Announced
Tony winners David Hyde Pierce, Bebe Neuwirth, and Christine Ebersole are among the artists set for the annual event.
Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell
Bernadette Peters and Malcolm McDowell Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters announced that her Mozart in the Jungle co-star, Malcolm McDowell, will co-host the 19th annual dog and cat adoption event with her on July 8.

The event, co-founded by three-time Tony recipient Peters and the late Emmy winner Mary Tyler Moore, features celebrities of the Great White Way helping to find homes for animals in need from 28 participating NYC area shelters. The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will begin at 3 PM; celebrity presentations of adoptable pets will take place between 5–6:30 PM.

“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 a 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!”

Celebrity participants are currently scheduled to include Christy Altomare (Anastasia), James Barbour (Phantom of the Opera), P.J. Benjamin (Wicked), John Bolton (Anastasia), Reed Birney (1984), Steven Booth (School of Rock-The Musical), Petrina Bromley (Come From Away), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus), Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Corey Cott (Bandstand), Gavin Creel (Hello, Dolly!), Alma Cuervo (On Your Feet! The Musical), Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale The Musical), Siobhan Dillon (Sunset Boulevard), John Dossett (War Paint), Susan Dunstan (Come From Away), Christine Ebersole (War Paint), Jennifer Ehle (Oslo), Kim Exum (The Book of Mormon), Rebecca Faulkenberry (Groundhog Day), Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jenn Gambatese (School of Rock-The Musical), Janeane Garofalo (Marvin’s Room), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Jackie Hoffman (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Jayne Houdyshell (A Dolls House, Part 2), Ben Jacoby (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Andy Karl (Groundhog Day), Kendra Kassebaum (Come From Away), Derek Klena (Anastasia), Beth Leavel (Bandstand), Katrina Lenk (Indecent), Laurie Metcalf (A Dolls House, Part 2), Abby Mueller (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Bebe Neuwirth (Chicago), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Caroline O’Connor (Anastasia), Laura Osnes (Bandstand), William Parry (Groundhog Day), Mary Beth Peil (Anastasia), Eric Petersen (School of Rock-The Musical), David Hyde Pierce (Hello, Dolly!), Condola Rashad (A Dolls House, Part 2), Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Charlie Russell (The Play That Goes Wrong), Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away), Brian Sears (The Book of Mormon), Douglas Sills (War Paint), Bobby Conte Thornton (A Bronx Tale The Musical), Evan Todd (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Taylor Trensch (Hello, Dolly!), Celia Weston (Marvin’s Room), Betsy Wolfe (Waitress), and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical).

Barks will feature 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.

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