Bill Berloni, Calming The Not-So-Savage Beasts Dorothy's Toto and Elle's Bruiser have a friend in common: animal trainer Bill Berloni. Berloni has been training stage animals for over 30 years. His new book is Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars.

Bill Berloni, Calming The Not-So-Savage Beasts

Bill Berloni, Calming The Not-So-Savage Beasts

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Bill Berloni is responsible for making sure that chihuahua Bruiser can both bend and snap in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. Paul Kolnik hide caption

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Bill Berloni is responsible for making sure that chihuahua Bruiser can both bend and snap in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde.

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Though trainer Bill Berloni hasn't worked with lions, tigers or bears, he has worked with a whole farm's worth of animals. For over 30 years, Berloni has trained creatures like dogs, pigs, rats, cats and lambs for Broadway productions and Hollywood films.

Berloni got his start working on the musical Annie. Hoping to become an actor, Berloni agreed to train a stray dog for the role of Sandy in exchange for a part in the production. The experience inspired Berloni to actively recruit shelter animals for roles.

Berloni has worked on Broadway productions such as Legally Blonde, The Wiz and Annie Get Your Gun. His film work includes Charlie Wilson's War and The Producers.

His new book is Broadway Tails: Heartfelt Stories of Rescued Dogs Who Became Showbiz Superstars.

Broadway Tails
By William Berloni, Jim Hanrahan, Bernadette Peters

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