Featured Article: The Dogs of Broadway and the Man Who Trains Them!

Annie the Musical Issie Swickle Annie   LYNN ANDREWS Miss Hannigan   GILGAMESH TAGGETT Oliver Warbucks   ASHLEY EDLER Grace Farrell   GARRETT DEAGON Rooster Hannigan   LUCY WERNER Lily   Allan Ray Baker FDR   AMY BURGMAIER Mrs. Pugh, Ensemble, u/s Miss Hannigan   CAMERON MITCHELL BELL Bert, Ensemble   ANGELINA CARBALLO July, u/s Molly   JOHN CORMIER Ickes, Ensemble, u/s Rooster Hannigan   BRIAN COWING Bundles, Ensemble, u/s FDR   Adia Dant Pepper, u/s Annie   TODD FENSTERMAKER Drake, Ensemble, u/s Warbucks, FDR   CHLOE HORNER Swing   LILLYBEA IRELAND Tessie   EVAN MAYER Swing   JAKE MILLS Ensemble, u/s Bert   MEGHAN SEAMAN Ensemble, u/s Lily   HANNAH SLABAUGH Star to Be, Ensemble   SYDNEY SHUCK Kate   LILY EMILIA SMITH Ensemble, u/s Grace Farrell   LILLY MAE STEWART Molly   CHLOE TISO Swing   ISABEL WALLACH Duffy   Sunny Sandy   MACY u/s Sandy - See more at: http://anniethemusical.com/team.php#sthash.16bjwTB8.dpuf

When Bill Berloni was a tech apprentice at a small theatre in Connecticut, no one else wanted to train a dog for their production of Annie. So Berloni, 19 years old at the time, agreed to take the job in exchange for a small role in the play.By the age of 20, he was a world famous animal trainer.

Nearly 40 years later, Berloni has helped countless furry friends get their chance at stardom, whether it’s in theatre, movies, or television. He 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.  This is just one of the many dogs on stage and screen.

He’s also the only animal trainer to ever win a Tony Award.

His fame led to a reality show on the Discovery channel called, FROM WAGS TO RICHES WITH BILL BERLONI which debuted in August 2015, as part of the network’s month-long dog-themed programming event entitled “Pawgust”.

Here is a hilarious trailer from the show:

He also wrote a book: Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars

Click here to get it on Amazon!

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