Big-name stars Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters will host the 15th annual Broadway Barks event on July 13 in midtown's Shubert Alley. The festivities are sponsored by the ASPCA and produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
During the event, which begins at 3:30pm, there will be celebrity presentations of pets from animal shelters citywide and an opening performance from Jersey Boys. Stars slated to join Moore and Peters on stage to present animals include Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys), Charl Brown (Motown The Musical), Bertie Carvel (Matilda The Musical), Bryan Terrell Clark (Motown The Musical), Victoria Clark (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Lilla Crawford (Annie), Robert Cuccioli (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), Charlotte d'Amboise (Pippin), Brandon Victor Dixon (Motown The Musical), John Dossett (Newsies), Gabriel Ebert (Matilda The Musical), Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots), Drew Gehling (Jersey Boys), Sophia Gennusa (Matilda The Musical), Ann Harada (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Morgan James (Motown The Musical), Andy Karl (Jersey Boys), Isabel Keating (Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark), Oona Laurence (Matilda The Musical), Valisia LeKae (Motown The Musical), Terrence Mann (Pippin), Lesli Margherita (Matilda The Musical), Andrea Martin (Pippin), Judy McLane (Mamma Mia), Michael Mulheren (Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Bebe Neuwirth (The Addams Family), Laura Osnes (Rodgers+ Hammerstein's Cinderella), David Hyde Pierce(Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon), Bailey Ryon (Matilda The Musical), Stark Sands (Kinky Boots), Milly Shapiro (Matilda The Musical), Matthew James Thomas (Pippin), Clarke Thorell (Annie), Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar), Lauren Ward (Matilda The Musical), and Sigourney Weaver (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike).
Marking the event's 15th anniversary, Broadway Barks will once again help hundreds of New York City's shelter animals find permanent homes by informing New Yorkers about the plight of the thousands of homeless dogs and cats in the metropolitan area.
"This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us closer to 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. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 15 brilliant years of saving lives through Broadway Barks," said Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.