Broadway Tails

Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

By Bill Berloni; Bernadette Peters
(Lyons Press, Paperback, 9781599213538, 228pp.)

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

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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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