The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that Broadway will remain closed until 2021 in an effort to flatten the curve. While people might not get to enjoy a good Broadway show, the Broadway Barks is still going ahead. This annual pet adoption event is returning for its 22nd year! Normally the adoption event would take place on Broadway’s Shubert Alley, with big Broadway stars helping homeless animals find loving families. However, because of this year’s pandemic, things are going to be done a little different. Bernadette Peters, the adoption event’s co-founder, is set to turn the 2020 Broadway Barks into a virtual event.
Starting July 16th, the adoption event is going to be streamed online, with big names such as Alec Baldwin, Carole Burnett, Jeff Goldblum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Whoppi Goldberg, Jon Hamm, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and plenty of others, joining in the fun. The celebrities’ aim is to get animals adopted from shelters all across the states.
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As Bernadette Peters revealed in a statement for Broadway Barks Across America, according to PEOPLE, she’s quite excited about the fact that it’ll be a streamed event. She further added the gravity of the streaming means that, “We are able to share more animal stories from more shelters across America, with more people.”
The event this year is set to be run by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as well as Broadway.com’s Paul Wontorek. The collaboration means that Broadway.com will be broadcasting the event for free on Broadway.com’s websites, as well as YouTube and Facebook pages. On July 16th the event will begin at 7:30 pm EST for anyone who is interested in possibly adding a new buddy to their family! But remember, a pet is a lifelong commitment.
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