Truly best in show: Westminster winner makes Broadway debut

Flynn, a bichon frise, poses for photographs on top of the Empire State Building Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, the morning after Flynn was named best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff McMillan)
Actor Daniel Stewart Sherman kneels down to play with Westminster dog show winner Flynn the bichon frise as handler Bill McFadden watches from right, before Flynn did a walk-on part at the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Walker)
Handler Bill McFadden shows Flynn, a bichon frise, in the best in show competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Flynn won best in show. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Westminster dog show winner Flynn the bichon frise poses with handler Bill McFadden foreground left, and actor Daniel Stewart Sherman, before doing a walk-on part at the Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Walker)
Handler Bill McFadden holds Flynn, a bichon frise, on top of the Empire State Building Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, the morning after Flynn was named best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, in New York. (AP Photo/Jeff McMillan)
Handler Bill McFadden poses for photos with Flynn, a bichon frise, after Flynn won best in show during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Flynn, a bichon frise, poses for photos after winning best in show during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Handler Bill McFadden reacts as Flynn, a bichon frise, is named best in show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Handler Bill McFadden walks with Flynn, before the bichon frise was named Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK — America's new top dog became best in a Broadway show.

Flynn the bichon frise took quite a victory lap on Valentine's Day, hours after he won the Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden.

The white powder puff's tour of the town finished Wednesday night with a walk-on part in the Tony Award-winning musical "Kinky Boots."

Flynn drew hearty applause when he strolled on stage with handler Bill McFadden at the start of the show. Actor Daniel Stewart Sherman was alongside them and didn't need to introduce the special guests — the audience quickly caught on after seeing the champion's big purple and gold ribbon.

"It doesn't matter what I say once they see the dog. They'll go crazy," Sherman said during a quick put-in rehearsal an hour before the curtain.

After being picked late Tuesday night over nearly 2,900 other dogs in 202 breeds and varieties, Flynn was up early and on the go with McFadden. They appeared on "Good Morning America" and "Fox & Friends" before heading over to "The View."

Also part of the dog's docket: The traditional steak lunch at famed eatery Sardi's and trips up the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and the One World Observatory.

Flynn is nearly 6 and already had a musical theatre background. His full champion's name includes All I Care About Is Love — the lyrics sung by character Billy Flynn in the popular show "Chicago."

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