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Understudy cat in 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' gets the boot

The claws came out on the set of Broadway's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' and it was Montie the feline understudy who got scratched from the Playbill.

By Vetstreet Mar 21, 2013 6:00PM

The New York Times reports that a black-and-white cat has been fired for not following stage directions and for being difficult to work with. He had already lost out on the chance to headline as Holly Golightly’s companion — to a big, orange tabby named Vito Vincent. Now it seems his new transgressions have pushed him even farther from the spotlight on the Great White Way.

Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times / Montie the cat has been let go from his understudy acting job in the Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's. He's pictured here with cast members Emilia Clarke and Cory Michael SmithA video and narrative published by the Times earlier this month may have foreshadowed trouble ahead for the embattled cat actor. From humble beginnings as a rescue cat at the Dawn Animal Agency (a 300-acre animal sanctuary in New York's Hudson Valley), he made his way to the Broadway stage with owner Babette Corelli — who, incidentally, is the cat trainer for the production. For that reason, the Times reports, Montie will stay at the theater, despite being replaced by another feline actor, named Moo.



Diane Katz, coordinator for talent at the sanctuary, says understudy responsibilities will now be handled by two of its other rescue cats, Chessie and Moo.

Meanwhile, Montie will resume work on other acting projects. His resume includes scenes in "Rescue Me," "30 Rock," "Sex and the City," "Law & Order" and the film "The Life Before Her Eyes," with Uma Thurman.

"The ones that are prone to be in show business help to support the others who don't work," she says. "That's what our sanctuary is about."

Hopefully, all this casting commotion won't rattle Vito Vincent, who Variety said delighted guests at Wednesday's opening-night party for the show.

Because, you never know — there might be another cat star waiting in the wings.

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Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times / Montie the cat has been let go from his understudy acting job in the Broadway production of "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Mar 25, 2013 5:51PM
wow that cat montie is like the lindsay lohan of the cat world
Mar 21, 2013 10:12PM
Cats! Excellent in assisting soldiers and, useful in tracking fugitives  for police.Useful in tracking bombs , drugs and contraband, assist in hunting, Great at assisting doctors in cancer detection. Great record in protecting soldiers from ambush.Helpful in assisting shepards. Trained in searching for avalanche and disaster victims. Great rescue swimmers. Useful as therapy companions for autistic children. Great at guarding your house. Inexhaustible list of superlatives. OOPS! I meant DOGS!.  Cats stupid and useful for killing small animals.
Mar 21, 2013 9:51PM
Montie's official response to this situation can be found in his litter box. 
DOn't people get it? I have three cats of my own & they all have personalities that are totally differant. If you ask me, the cat was making it very plain that he wants to go back to being an ordinary cat, doing cat things such as entertaining his own small audience,namely his owners. I think that if people would really pay attention, they'd see that cats & humans are differant in only two ways....the way they communicate & their physical appearance.
Mar 21, 2013 9:20PM

The Siamese cat in Disney's original "That Darn Cat!" had several stand-ins for when he grew tired or restless and wouldn't perform. I wonder how many orange tabbies were used in the film version of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" ??

Mar 21, 2013 8:54PM
Chop and Screw -Feline Catnip Addiction in Pop Culture.
Mar 21, 2013 8:48PM

Doesn't surprise me. I have a blk/wht cat named Missy. She is a love muffin with me but anyone else she will rip them a new one. Last spring I was outside and a baby bird flew onto my patio table. He was so close I felt like Snow White my husband was amazed too. and all of a sudden Missy comes out of nowhere and needless to say he was yet another victim of her murderous ways.


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