Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars
By Bill Berloni;
(Lyons Press, Paperback, 9780762783083, 256pp.)
Publication Date: September 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
In Broadway Tails, Theatrical Animals trainer Bill Berloni tells the backstage stories of the shelter dogs who have become superstars in television, film, and theater, including the 35th-anniversary Broadway production of Annie.
Bill Berloni received the 2011 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater, the first ever given to an animal trainer. He has trained animals for live performances, film, and television for more than thirty years. He is also behavior consultant to the Humane Society of New York.
Jim Hanrahan is a writer and Berloni’s brother-in-law.
“[Bill] can do anything you ask, has enormous love for and control of the animals, is kind to them and to humans. He is the best. The one and only.”—Mike Nichols
“Bill Berloni is a master of his profession. His experience and patience are welcome in any rehearsal room.” —Susan Stroman “[A] treat for animal lovers and theater fiends” —Fetchdog.com "A canine critique would insist it’s ‘four paws up’ for Broadway Tails.” —Houston Chronicle
Both animal and theater lovers are likely to be amused and moved by Berloni’s memoir of his work over three decades as the pre-eminent animal trainer for Broadway shows. Berloni put his love of animals to professional use when he was asked to find the right dog to play Sandy in the original production of Annie. Berloni does an excellent job of explaining how he did his job, even with animals as seemingly intractable as cats, pigs, and rats. His repeated rescues of abused animals are touching, and there’s no shortage of funny stories. —Publisher's Weekly
“Bill’s genuine love and respect for animals has always been foremost in my thoughts of him. He is guided by compassion, empathy, and kindness for all beings, qualities too rarely seen.” —Virginia Chipurnoi, President, Humane Society of New York