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

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

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by Bill Berloni, Hanrahan, Hanrahan, Jim
     
 

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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.


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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Animal stage trainer Berloni has been rescuing animals and putting them on the boards for more than 30 years, and his career memoir brings with it some expected charms-lovable, heartbreaking animal stories; giddy tales of Broadway success; and showbiz backbiting. His story begins compellingly when, as a 19-year-old intern on the set of the original 1975 production of Annie, he was charged with finding and coaching the dog that would play Sandy; miraculously, "the dog nobody wanted... that had been run over by a truck just twelve days earlier" played Sandy for seven years. Berloni's at his best when describing his methods or recounting theatre gossip; the chapter about the 1995 Annie revival, and the abrupt dismissal of 11-year-old star Joanna Pacitti (who won a contest), is related with real ire (Berloni was friends with Pacitti and her family). Unfortunately, much else is dully dutiful; neither Berloni nor his co-writer Hanrahan bring a particularly strong voice to the typical business of memoir. Since it focuses on his remarkable craft, it should interest animal lovers and fans of Broadway. B&w photos.
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"[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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599213538
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Edition description:
First
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

In 2011, William Berloni received the Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater, the first ever given to an animal trainer. Berloni began his animal training career in 1976 by rescuing a dog from an animal shelter. That dog was the original Sandy in the Broadway musical, Annie, who performed for seven years - the longest for any animal in Broadway history! Sandy was the first animal to play a major character in theater whose actions influenced the outcome of the story. Before that, no-one had been able to train an animal in that capacity for live theater. That breakthrough ultimately led to Mr. Berloni's "star-stuuded" career and continued success as Broadway's premier animal trainer. Since that time, he and his trainers have provided animals for hundreds of films, commercials, television shows and printwork as well as live theater all over North America. When not working, his animals live in humane, loving conditions and while on set, they are handled by caring, professional people who are highly skilled in animal behavior. Regarded as an expert in canine behavior, Mr. Berloni has a BFA in theater and has written Doga (Chronicle Books, 2003). He lives in Middlesex county, Connecticut with his wife Dorothy. Jim Hanrahan is a writer and Berloni's brother-in law

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Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars 5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 3 reviews.
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LucyYLedbetter More than 1 year ago
A fantastic book, with many gorgeous color photographs. Broadway Tails details Bill Berloni's experiences as an animal trainer for Broadway and the homeless animals he has discovered and saved from animal shelters. Must reading for all animal lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago