Behind the scenes with the stars of NYC’s ‘Broadway Barks’ 2023

The weather on Saturday in NYC was hot and steamy, but that didn’t stop a full roster of pet-loving stars from turning out for the 25th annual dog and cat adoption event Broadway Barks, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS to benefit the rescue shelters and adoption agencies that find them permanent loving homes. Beginning at 3 pm, an adorable line-up of available pets greeted the public in Shubert Alley, then made their Broadway debuts starting at 5 pm, introduced by luminaries from the stage. The afternoon, hosted by co-founder Bernadette Peters and satirist Randy Rainbow, included a special appearance by Josh Groban and the cast of Sweeney Todd performing a reworked song from the show, entitled “Sweeney Dog,” which left the crowd howling with laughter.

Josh Groban (center) and the cast of Sweeney Todd. Photo by Deb Miller.

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos from a fabulous day with Broadway’s finest and their furry friends at Broadway Barks.

Bernadette Peters and Randy Rainbow. Photo by Ray Costello.
Carol Kane. Photo by Ray Costello.
Marsha Mason. Photo by Ray Costello.
Jelani Remy. Photo by Ray Costello.
J. Harrison Ghee. Photo by Deb Miller.
Bri Sudia. Photo by Ray Costello.
Melanie La Barrie and Betsy Wolfe. Photo by Deb Miller.
Will Swenson. Photo by Ray Costello.
Lilli Cooper. Photo by Deb Miller.
Laurie Metcalf. Photo by Deb Miller.
Victoria Clark. Photo by Ray Costello.
Alex Newell. Photo by Deb Miller.
Eric McCormack. Photo by Deb Miller.
Robyn Hurder. Photo by Deb Miller.
Bonnie Milligan. Photo by Deb Miller.
Chris Messina. Photo by Deb Miller.
Annaleigh Ashford. Photo by Deb Miller.
Justin Guarini and Brooke Dillman. Photo by Deb Miller.
Kevin Del Aguila. Photo by Deb Miller.
Leandra Ellis-Gaston. Photo by Deb Miller.
Josh Groban. Photo by Ray Costello.
Bebe Neuwirth. Photo by Deb Miller.

Broadway Barks took place on Saturday, July 8, 2023, from 3-6:30 pm, in Shubert Alley, NYC.

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Deb Miller
Deb Miller (PhD, Art History) is the Senior Correspondent and Editor for New York City, where she grew up seeing every show on Broadway. She is an active member of the Outer Critics Circle and served for more than a decade as a Voter, Nominator, and Judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Outside of her home base in NYC, she has written and lectured extensively on the arts and theater throughout the world (including her many years in Amsterdam, London, and Venice, and her extensive work and personal connections with Andy Warhol and his circle) and previously served as a lead writer for Stage Magazine, Phindie, and Central Voice.


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