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Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars Paperback – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599213532
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599213538
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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

"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

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, “[t]he 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. --Publishers Weekly
 


 



“A heartwarming book . . . If you’ve encountered a furry friend in a Broadway show it likely was put there by Bill Berloni, the theater industry’s top animal trainer. . . . It’s Wild Kingdom meets 42nd Street—and a fun read for anyone who loves theater or animals (and especially those who love both). . . . A canine critique would insist it’s ‘four paws up’ for Broadway Tails.”
—Houston Chronicle
 
 
“[A] treat for animal lovers and theater fiends—if you are both (as I am), it cannot be beat. Backstage theatre gossip abounds. . . . You’ll hold your breath as Berloni rescues animals from some despicable situations, and then brings out the best in them despite serous obstacles.”
—Fetchdog.com

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Just writing this review makes me want to read the book again.
emmit
Bill Berloni's wonderful and very real stories of the animals he has rescued, trained, and put on stage is a great read.
Kristine Mothersele
This is an awesome, awesome read and if you love all animals, you'll love this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Ismail on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
A lot has been said about how cruel it is to train animals and make them perform in public. While there may be some truth in this, this author who has more than 20 years experience training animals to perform live in braodway plays-and even in a ballet-has relied on care, support and insight into the characteristics of the animal for his success. The book makes for pleasant, entertaining reading and the author makes it seem simple enough for you to want to try your hand at some animal training of your own!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valley Girl on March 8, 2009
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I bought this book as a gift to my daughter. We both have/had several rescue dogs and know how wonderful and smart they are. Most are so eager to please that they learn rapidly at any age. Anyone in a position to have a dog should go to the local shelter and bring one of these wonderful animals into their family.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice Gold on February 8, 2009
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This book is a great book for animal lovers. The gentleman who rescused these animals is a very dedicated animal lover. He also is a great person who knows how to treat animals, but also has great respect for them. The stories are very heart warming and shows us a side to "show business" that we usually are not aware of in our day to day lives. It is very enjoyable and good for vacations or a Sunday afternoon instead of TV.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Liz Boykin on August 10, 2008
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With the plethora of dog-training books and television shows available to consumers today, it was natural to believe this book would be the superstar amongst them - just as its subjects are superstars of the canine world. However, though the stories conveyed in this book remain inspiring - and the book's message (that rescuing orphaned animals from shelters and supporting that worthy cause) comes through loud and clear - the book reads more like a chronicle of events rather than a grab-the-reader-by- the-seat-of-their-pants- with-amazing-tales-of-unbelievable- feats-by-dogs story. It rather reads like a journal kept by the trainer to recall the events of each dog's story and the anecdotes sometimes associated with each (and these anecdotes, again, while interesting in content are told so robotically as to become I-guess-you-had-to-be-there moments. It's too bad. This book, in the hands of a more skilled writer could've become a classic. Still an interesting read; but be prepared to add your own 'umph'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise D. Rauh on December 5, 2012
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Not only are the dog stories fantastic, but Bill also does a great job of keeping the reader engaged with details of show biz. If more people could understand dogs (animals) the way Bill does, the world would be a better place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Boleyn on August 1, 2010
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Bill Berloni is not only a fantastic writer, but also a trainer. I have been fortunate enough to work with one of his trainers and a "Sandy" and was highly impressed by the detail and dedicated both dog and trainer put in. The fact that the dogs are all rescued and have a home waiting for them when they retire from the theatre, only increases the amount of respect I have for him. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luvobx on June 7, 2010
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This is a no-brainer! If you love animals and you love live theater, then get this book. It's a collection of true stories that are perfect for when you want something that's light, fast and entertaining from cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matinee idol on January 19, 2009
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Broadway Tails is a gem of a book for animal lovers and Broadway theater lovers and for those who are neither. Author Berloni's love for his animals is obvious on every page as he prepares them for the Broadway stage. And most importantly he sees that the animals are well cared for after the closing of the show. Recently I shared this book in a presentation with the Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, MN. I often present classes on the Broadway musicals and this one was a HIT, with Katie and Joey, two collies, assisting me. The nuns loved it as they related their stories about their pets. Katie and Joey never had so many hugs and kisses and applause.
Frank McIlmail
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