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A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Expect the unexpected at Best in Shows, a one-night-only cabaret featuring Broadway stars serenading cute dogs. The evening benefits and honors The Humane Society of New York, loving and protecting New York City’s animals since 1904.

This year, Dorothy and Bill Berloni present Best in Shows will honor the best friend that Broadway ever had, Seth Rudetsky. Mr. Rudetsky will be awarded the Humane Society of New York’s Sandy Award in recognition of his deep concern and support of the needs of rescued animals. The multi-talented Seth will also be the musical director for this magical evening. Please join us!

Best in Shows 2018 will feature performances by:

Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid, School of Rock)
Kevin Chamberlin (Wicked, The Addams Family)
Ana Gasteyer
(Wicked, “Saturday Night Live”)
Joanna Gleason (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Into the Woods)
Adam Kantor (The Band’s Visit, Fiddler on the Roof)
Andrea McArdle (Annie, Beauty and the Beast)
Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Significant Other)
Hugh Panaro (Phantom of the Opera, Lestat)
Christine Pedi (Host, Sirius XM Radio, Spamilton)
Kate Rockwell (Mean Girls)
Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, “Smash”)
Betsy Wolfe (Waitress, The Last Five Years)
Karen Ziemba (Contact, Bullets Over Broadway)

with more Broadway stars to be announced…
Program and performers subject to change.

Bill & Sandy 

The Sandy Fund
In 1976, Bill Berloni rescued the first “Sandy” dog, just hours before he was slated to be put to sleep. The once abused and abandoned dog went on to become a star in the debut of Broadway’s “Annie”. It was the first time that a dog was cast to perform in a live show, and Sandy became known as “the longest running dog on Broadway,” never missing a performance in over seven years. Bill and Sandy began a life and career together. It was an adventure that lasted until Sandy’s passing sixteen years later.

In his memory, Bill and his wife, Dorothy, established the Sandy Fund of The Humane Society of New York. The Fund helps the Society underwrite lifesaving care for the needs of homeless dogs and cats.


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