One day before she takes her final bow as everyone's favorite matchmaker in the Broadway revival Hello, Dolly!, entertainment icon Bernadette Peters will help to match adoptable dogs and cats with their special someone to love as the curtain rises on the 20th annual star-studded pet adoption event Broadway Barks!
Stepping into her real life role of animal advocate, Peters and her Hello, Dolly! co-star Victor Garber will co-host the afternoon of dogged devotion to the option of pet adoption in Shubert Alley, where companion animals from 28 New York City area shelters and rescue organizations will get the chance to "audition" prospective pet parents.
Produced once again by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the event will also feature an array of famous faces who will be waiting in the wings for the start of a celebrity presentation, when they will help adoptable dogs take center stage! Here's a tentative list of the animal-loving luminaries who are scheduled to take part:
Two-time Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (also known from the hit series Cheers, Frasier and Madame Secretary)
From The Band's Visit (2018 Tony Award winner for Best Musical)
From Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
From The Boys in the Band
From Come From Away
From Dear Evan Hansen
From Gettin' the Band Back Together
From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2018 Tony Award winner for Best Play)
From Hello, Dolly! (NOTE: Broadway Barks attendees will enjoy a special opening performance of "Put On Your Sunday Clothes" from the cast!)
From Jersey Boys
From Kinky Boots
From The Lion King
From Mean Girls
From My Fair Lady
From Once on This Island (2018 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical)
From The Phantom of the Opera
From School of Rock- The Musical
From SpongeBob SquarePants
From Torch Song Trilogy
During the event a virtual chorus line of canine and cats from the following shelters and rescue organizations will happily audition potential pet parents for the coveted role of "forever family member to a furry friend":
Co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore in 1998, since its start more than 2,000 dogs and cats have lapped up the limelight at the annual pet adoption event, with an estimated 85 percent "cast" in the real life role of a special someone's fur baby.
When: July 14, 2018 starting at 3 p.m. (The celebrity presentation of adoptable pups will take place from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Shubert Alley (between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues)