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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Revised edition (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762783087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762783083
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Bill Berloni was a young apprentice when he got his first big break: to find and train a dog for the original production of Annie. He rescued a down-on-his-luck dog from a local shelter and together they redefinedwhat animal performers could do. Since then Berloni and his trainers have provided animals for hundreds of films, commercials, and television shows as well as live theater, including productions of Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and Because of Winn-Dixie. In this book, Berloni tells the stories of “throw-away” animals who starred with some of entertainment’s biggest names—including Bernadette Peters, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, and Natalie Portman—and his search for Broadway’s newest Sandy.
 

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Fun book to read. Amazing how the author got involved in the business.
Endears the reader to the animals by the way he trains and relates to them.
Fascinating to learn how he figured out to train the animals and get them to do amazing things.
Also, rescued animals and found great homes for them after they finished their roles.
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If you want to know animals are trained to be on stage and the backstage poop of what goes on, this book has it all. Bill Berloni who trained the original Sandy for Annie back in the seventies, all the way to the most recent production this is the book. There are a lot of backstage stories of the different animals he has used in dozens of shows over the years. This book is great for anyone who's interested in theater, broadway musicals, who has a soft heart for dogs, cats, pigs, and birds.
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By Ralph Osgood on September 3, 2013
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Berloni put his dogs and their care and welfare first even when his economic situation could have strongly tempted him otherwise. He is a great advocate for a great truth: pound dogs are just as good as any pure-bred; get your pup from the pound. It is also a very fun read, and one can learn much about animal training, about Broadway, and about efforts to humanely treat animals. He genuinely cares for his critters, and this comes through in the book.
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I gave this book to our niece who is a dog trainer and she just loved it. We saw the author at a book store giving a lecture with a Sandy at his side. The fact that all the dogs are rescued from pounds just makes even more wonderful.
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