“Starving Artists Prevention” to helm four-show run as part of National Dog Show month in Pennsylvania

“Starving Artist Prevention” will present a four-show run of the children’s musical, The Perfect Dog, by John O’Hurley this November at the newly-renovated Centre Theater at 208 DeKalb Street in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Starving Artists’ Matt Durkin will produce the show in advance of the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show at the Expo Center in Oaks. Performances for The Perfect Dog are slated for Friday, November 9 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, November 10 (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday, November 11 (2 p.m.). Cost for admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 years and under and adults 65 and older.

There will be a special talkback performance with John O’Hurley on Thursday, November 15 (7:30 p.m.). Cost for admission for the special performance is $25 for adults and $20 for children 12 years and under and adults 65 and older.

Tickets will be available at the door and online at this link, or by calling 484-809-4216. A portion of the proceeds will support To Love a Canine Rescue, Inc., a non-profit, all breed, foster-based, rescue operating in suburban Philadelphia, PA. To Love a Canine Rescue will hold a Meet and Greet with dogs available for adoption prior to the start of each performance.

The Perfect Dog was adapted from the book of the same name by John O’Hurley, the author and television personality who hosts the Philadelphia-based National Dog Show Presented by Purina Thanksgiving Day special on NBC. O’Hurley, best known for his role as catalogue king J. Peterman on Seinfeld, will attend the Thursday, November 15 show and do a talk-back with the audience following the closing songs, at approximately 8:45 PM.

The shows are part of National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia, culminating with the National Dog Show Presented by Purina – hosted by O’Hurley – on NBC 10 Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. following the Macy’s Parade.

Starving Artist Prevention” is an organization that provides opportunities for regional artists and performers in the Greater Philadelphia area. A local comedian and producer, Durkin directs theatrical productions and performs comedy shows at the Centre Theater.  “Starving Artist Prevention” will join with B Sharp’s Studio 6, a regional theatre advocacy resource which has played a role in producing The Perfect Dog since its area premiere in 2015.

O’Hurley has authored three books – Before The Dog Can Eat Your Homework First You Have To Do It: Life Lessons from a Wise Old Dog to a Young Boy, the New York Times bestseller It’s Okay to Miss the Bed on the First Jump and The Perfect Dog (Penguin Group, 2013), which inspired the children’s musical. In the play, Sam, a 12 year-old perfectionist, must resort to training Max, the not-so-obedient family dog for the “Town Dog Contest”. In the end, Sam and Max learn that there is no such thing as perfect, but there is such a thing as perfect for each other.

The two-day Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show is one of only three remaining “benched” shows in America, meaning the dogs and their handlers are in designated locations all day to meet and greet the public when they are not competing for “Best in Show.” The shows are open to the public. Admission fees are $16 for adults and $7 for children 12 – 4. Children three and under are admitted free. Tickets and additional information are available at

O’Hurley returns for his 17th consecutive year as host of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, airing nationally on NBC from noon to 2 p.m. in all time zones. Dubbed one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive”, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award for his work on Seinfeld and was the ultimate champion on the first season of Dancing with the Stars in 2005.

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