Bernadette Peters has established Broadway Barks’ Mary Tyler Moore Award, named in honor of her late friend and Broadway Barks co-founder. The inaugural honor will be given to French photographer and animal rights advocate Sophie Gamand at the 19th annual event July 8 at Shubert Alley.
Peters will host the summer tradition this year alongside her Mozart in the Jungle co-star Malcolm McDowell. The pet adoption event will take place from 3 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., with a special signing with the two emcees set for noon.
The new award will be given out each year to an individual or group that has advocated for the well-being of homeless animals and has encouraged others to do the same. Since 2010, Gamand has traveled the United States to photograph shelter animals and help them find permanent homes. Her photography series include Wet Dog and Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution.
Newly announced to take part in the 2017 edition and showcase animals up for adoption are Hello, Dolly! Tony nominee Kate Baldwin, Groundhog Day’s Barrett Doss, Cats’ current Grizabella Mamie Parris, Come From Away’s Chad Kimball, Indecent’s Mimi Lieber, The Lion King star Jelani Remy, Hello, Dolly!’s Jennifer Simard, and Michael Xavier of the recent Sunset Boulevard revival and upcoming Prince of Broadway.
The eight join a previously announced lineup that includes Anastasia headliner Christy Altomare, Come From Away Tony nominee Jenn Colella, Hello, Dolly! Tony winner Gavin Creel, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 Tony winner Laurie Metcalf. The list of celebrity participants is subject to change.
Peters and Moore launched Broadway Barks, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in 1999. Moore died January 25 this year at the age of 80 following complications resulting from her long battle with diabetes.
For more information, visit BroadwayBarks.com.