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Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

Berloni, Bill; Hanrahan Jim

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William Berloni and his company have spent the past thirty years training dogs and cats for Broadway productions, primarily using animals rescued from shelters. As a high schooler in 1976, Berloni had rescued an Airedale mixed breed only hours before it was slated for euthanasia. The terrier was cast as Sandy in the musical Annie and performed there for seven years. The bulldog currently starring in Legally Blonde and her bulldog understudy were rescued from Newark and from North Carolina. Berloni's story is completely engaging as he talks about being the first to train actors to work with animals on stage, his love for mutts over purebreds, as well as the four-acre animal retirement compound where he lives. With photos throughout this delightful book, we learn details about how his dogs are trained, how they react to Broadway life, and his own personal rise to fame. An enchanting writer (whose first book, Doga, has sold more than 350,000 copies for Chronicle) with an inspiring story for animal lovers, theatergoers, and anyone who loved books such as Marley & Me.

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Bill Berloni was a nineteen-year-old theater apprentice when he was offered his big break: the chance to act professionally if he could find and train a dog to appear in the original production of the Broadway hit Annie. Defying the odds, Bill rescued a dog from a local shelter and, together, they redefined what animal performers could do.
In Broadway Tails, Bill tells the true stories of “throw-away” animals who came back to co-star with some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Richard Burton to Sarah Jessica Parker.   Here you’ll meet:

  • The original Sandy, who starred for seven years in Annie
  • “St. Vito,” the deaf bull terrier, who saved the show
  • Pi, the first dog to dance with the New York City Ballet
  • Chico, the Chihuahua with attitude who became the face of one of  Broadway’s newest hits

Often funny, and always touching, these and other stories demonstrate the extraordinary things rescued animals can do.

About the Author:

Bill Berloni has provided animals trained to meet the demands of live performances—from Broadway to ballet—as well as film, television, and commercial work for more than thirty years. His pioneering humane training techniques have won multiple awards. Bill is widely recognized as an expert in animal behavior and for his dedication to rescue work. In addition to his work as a trainer, Bill is currently behavior consultant to the Humane Society of New York. He has a BFA in theatre, and is an actor and a published author (Sandy: Autobiography of a Star, Doga).

 

Jim Hanrahan is a writer and Bill Berloni’s brother-in-law. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and a house full of animals.

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