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Pooches put best paw forward for Broadway role

March 13, 2014 • Entertainment


This Tuesday, March 11, 2014 photo released by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows actress Audra McDonald, right, looking on as Catherine Grant interacts with her dogs during an animal audition in New York. The dogs were competing for the chance to star opposite McDonald on Broadway in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a musical that imagines one of Billie Holiday’s last performances in 1959. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates)

NEW YORK (AP) — They were raw talents — some delighted by the attention, others confused. More than one sniffed happily in the audition room, just happy to be there.

Fourteen small dogs ranging from English cocker spaniels to toy poodles got callbacks Wednesday for the chance to star opposite five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald on Broadway in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a musical that imagines one of Billie Holiday’s last performances in 1959.

The dogs had to enjoy being held, get along with other animals and people and weigh less than 15 Login to read more

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