Last week, PawZaar spread the news about the 2018 Broadway Barks, an annual event when the glitterati turn out to help homeless pets in the Big Apple. This year's twentieth anniversary bash was held in New York City and was judged a rousing success!
Celebrating two decades of dogged dedication to the mission of casting homeless dogs and cats in the coveted roles of a special someone’s fur baby, on July 14th the curtain rose on the annual star-studded pet adoption event Broadway Barks!
Hello, Dolly! co-stars Bernadette Peters (Broadway Barks’ co-founder) and Victor Garber acted as co-hosts for the event, which featured adorable adoptables from 28 New York City area shelters and rescue organizations enjoying the chance to “audition” potential pet parents.
The curtain rose on the celebrity presentation portion of Broadway Barks 20 with the cast of Hello, Dolly! belting out a rousing rendition of “Put On your Sunday Clothes,” followed by a virtual chorus line of dog- and cat-loving luminaries stepping up to promote pet adoption by stepping on stage with adoptables in Schubert Alley:
Several of The Boys in the Band cast mates banded together for the paws cause, including Matt Bomer, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington, Brian Hutchinson, Charlie Carver, Andrew Rannells (who co-hosted Broadway Barks back in 2015) and Zachary Quinto, a dog devotee who who said on the 2017 passing of his rescue dog, Noah: “In loving him I learned to love myself more fully. He taught me compassion and patience and generosity…and oh how he made me laugh. He made friends wherever he went. His spirit was pure. His love was legend.”
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child castmates Paul Thornley, Noma Dumezweni, Poppy Miler and Alex Price didn’t have to cast a lumos spell, as their participation helped to illuminate the public about the topic of pet adoption:
SpongeBob SquarePants stars Danny Skinner, Gavin Lee and Lilli Cooper helped to make Broadway Barks 20 “The Best Day Ever” for New York City’s adoptable dogs and cats:
Currently starring onstage in Gettin’ the Band Back Together, Marilu Henner took part in the effort to to get adoptable dogs together with forever families:
Renowned opera soprano/Carousel star Renee Fleming, who starred alongside a puppy mill survivor during the run of Living on Love, put a song in the hearts of animal lovers when she helped to shine a spotlight on an adoptable:
The legacy of Broadway Bark’s co-founder Mary Tyler Moore’s love for our pals with paws lives on through an award named in her honor. The second annual Mary Tyler Moore Award was presented to Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition (BARC) Shelter of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a no-kill animal shelter that has offered homeless dogs and cats a new lease on life since its start in 1987.
Established in 1998 by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, over the years the annual pet adoption presentation has helped more than 2,000 companion animals in need, with an estimated 85 percent of the dogs and cats who have made an appearance at Broadway Barks receiving top billing in a home of their very own.
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