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Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories Of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars Paperback – September 4, 2012
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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
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
This is an enjoyable tale of a man and the love for his animals, and the mark that he left on rescue organizations (the dogs and cats he trained were chiefly rescue animals, and showed that even a "mutt from the pound" could succeed in show business).
The only thing that bothered me about this book was a two-paragraph story about how Benji and his (actually her, because the second Benji was female) trainer Frank Inn visited the set of ANNIE. Berloni comments that the dog seemed robotic and only alive when she was doing routines. I thought that was kind of odd because Frank Inn had a great reputation in Hollywood and he was known to favor the dogs who played Benji (the original "Higgins" and then his daughter). Maybe Benji just adored her trainer and kept her eyes on him at all times. Some dogs are like that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very inspiring. It puts a smile on your face, and makes one feel proud of what B.Bertoni has accomplished with unwanted dogs.Published 9 months ago by Zeta
This was a gift for my daughter. I borrowed after she read this. Such a wonderful and heartwarming book. Exceeded expectations. Great gift.Published 11 months ago by Sheri
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. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by F.J.Martins Jr
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. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by Barbara A. Braun