Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Berloni Hounds Broadway Bound

For a particular casting search for the upcoming Broadway engagement of A Christmas Story, The Musical, producers have called off the hounds …literally. The production has announced that Pete and Lily, two bloodhounds rescued and trained by Connecticut animal trainer William Berloni, will make their Broadway debuts as the rambunctious Bumpus Hounds, who infamously set out to torment Ralphie’s Old Man and disrupt Christmas dinner.

The new musical, based on the 1983 movie perennial, will play a Nov. 5 – Dec. 30 holiday engagement at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre in New York. Opening night is Monday, Nov. 19. Tickets are now on sale at www.AChristmasStoryTheMuscial.comor www.TicketMaster.com.

“Offstage, Pete and Lily are a sweet, well-mannered pair of bloodhounds,” says Berloni. “The two (who have a clear bond indicating that they may even be siblings) were discovered in Canada at Ontario Bloodhound Rescue. I have since transported the pair to my farm in Connecticut where training has begun. In October, they will move to Manhattan, where an apartment has been secured for them so they can explore NYC before starting rehearsals with the cast.”

For a feature on Berloni, click here.

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