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.
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.
A 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."
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" ??
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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