"Bernadette Peters: A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares" was an astounding success on Monday evening, raising $615,000 to benefit Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Tony, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning actress, and long-time BC/EFA friend and Trustee Bernadette Peters performed the special one night only concert at Broadway's Minskoff Theatre, produced by BC/EFA. BroadwayWorld.com's cameras were there for the very special evening of song. Here we bring you a special sneak peek of the performance photo coverage!
The evening was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander with musical direction by Marvin Laird.
For this special concert, Peters, the quintessential New Yorker, born in Queens, performed material from her Broadway career and recordings, as well as popular songs and personal favorites and included selections by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim
Among the highlights, the evening's "prologue" featured a reunion of Into the Woods original cast members Joy Franz, Merle Louise, Kay McClelland, and Lauren Mitchell joining Peters to "recreate" the show's opening number. Special guest Mary Tyler Moore, co-founder of Broadway Barks with Peters, performed the role of the "narrator" for that special performance.
Peters opened the second act of the concert by bringing to the stage and singing to some of her furry, four-legged friends from BARC Shelter (Dylan, Jennie, Biggie, Sammy, Rosie, Cody, Nina and Mimi) and The Humane Society (Hazel, Puffie, Snoopy and Mimi). Theatrical animal trainer Bill Berloni was also on hand with pups Minnie and Chico. All of the dogs featured on stage and many more are available for adoption from these local animal shelters. For more information, visit www.BARCShelter.org and www.HumaneSocietyNY.org.
BROADWAY CARES EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS is the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, BC/EFA raises funds for AIDS-related causes and other critical illnesses across the United States. For more information visit: www.BroadwayCares.org
BROADWAY BARKS, the annual star-studded dog and cat adopt-a-thon, came about as a result of Bernadette Peters' and Mary Tyler Moore's passion for animals. This year's Broadway Barks attracted an audience of more than 7,000 theater fans, pet owners, and animal lovers, and featured the participation of more than 27 animal shelters from the New York City area, as well as Broadway stars from the hit shows of the season, ending in a total of over 140 adoptions. For more information, please visit www.BroadwayBarks.com
Photos by Peter James Zielinski
Mary Tyler Moore and Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters and some very special furry friends
Bernadette Peters with her beloved Kramer, a REAL scene stealer!