Nina Arianda, Stephanie J. Block, Adam Chanler-Berat, Norm Lewis, Megan Hilty Join Broadway Barks! 14 Lineup
By Andrew Gans
Additional celebrity participants have been announced for Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters' 14th annual Broadway Barks!, a star-studded dog and cat adoption event benefiting New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, which will be held July 14 in Shubert Alley.
Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and sponsored by the ASPCA with additional sponsorship by the New York Times, the event will begin at 3:30 PM with celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide set for 5 PM-6:30 PM.
This year's fundraiser will feature the sale of the new Broadway Barks! annual calendar, which Tony winner Peters will sign -- in addition to her previously released children books, "Broadway Barks" and "Stella is a Star" -- at noon. All proceeds will benefit Broadway Barks!
Moore and Peters will be joined by the previously reported Tracie Bennett, Bill Berloni, Jackie Burns, Michael Cerveris, John Dossett, Richard Fleeshman, Montego Glover, Joel Grey, Julie Halston, Jeremy Jordan, Carol Kane, Judy Kaye, Steve Kazee, Angela Lansbury, Dick Latessa, Linda Lavin, Caissie Levy, Audra McDonald, Michael McGrath, Judy McLane, Cristin Milioti, Bebe Neuwirth, Rory O'Malley, Bryce Pinkham, Andrew Rannells and Chandra Lee Schwartz.
Newly announced presenters include Nina Arianda, Stephanie J. Block, Adam Chanler-Berat, Michael Cumpsty, Tom Edden, Martyn Ellis, Jessica Hecht, Megan Hilty, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Claire Lams, Norm Lewis, Kara Lindsay, Rita Moreno, Nancy Opel, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Jemima Rooper, Matt Saldivar, Natalie Smith, Ben Vereen, Syndee Winters and The Craze.
"It is inspiring to see all of New York City come together to work towards the common goal of saving as many animal lives as possible," said Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the ASPCA, in a statement. "It is crucial that we bring the issue of animal homeless to the forefront and encourage New Yorkers to make pet adoption their first option."
"Since 2003, the lives of more than 220,000 dogs and cats have been saved through the combined efforts of the Alliance participating organizations many of whom are here today, including Animal Care & Control of NYC," added Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us toward the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them."
Broadway Barks! will feature a sampling of pets from several New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies, including ASPCA®, Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Adopt A Boxer, Animal Care & Control, Animal Haven, Anjellicle Cats, Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, BARC, Bidawee, Bobbi & the Strays, City Critters, Humane Society of New York, Husky House, KittyKind, Long Island Grey Hound Transfer, Loving Touch, Manhattan Valley Cat Rescue, Metro Malts, Mid Atlantic Great Dane, Pet I Care, PLUTO, Russell Refuge, Save Kitty, Sean Casey Animal Rescue, Stray from the Heart, Tigger Foundation and Urban Cat League.
The afternoon will also include an auction of celebrity-autographed memorabilia.
For more information visit www.BroadwayBarks.com.
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