Nine Lives Only Equals One Chance On Broadway
Theatre can be hard enough for human beings to get a grasp of yet alone an animal you can barely communicate with. Using animals in theatrical productions is nothing new to Broadway and has been done for quite some time now. The animals are trained to do whatever they’re needed to. However, animals aren’t humans and always aren’t easily trainable especially depending on what type of animal it is. Cats may have nine lives but this feline only had one chance at Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the story of how Montie, the cat understudy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, has been fired from the production.
Cat trouble is nothing new for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The show had enough of an issue casting the cat for the show which resulted in the feline being brought in 3 days before previews were scheduled to begin. While it may have been easy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s to use a cat in their production, it would only have been easy if the cat wasn’t required much to do. That is, dogs and other theatrical animals are hard enough to train to do simple tasks on stage. Cats are nearly impossible.
The New York Times ran an article on the cat drama at Breakfast at Tiffany’s within it’s first few previews on Broadway with word of mouth spreading what a pain the cat was proving to be. That is, this cat is required to do several different things. It is required to sit on a table during a party scene, climb down off the table at a different point in the show and then exit the stage on a line by the show’s leading lady. HA! The photo above was published with the article as well where the production’s lead cat, Vito, jumped out of Emilia Clark’s arms during one of the first previews.
While some would think that if the cat didn’t follow the stage directions, it’s all good. I mean, it’s just a cat right? WRONG! The production announced yesterday that Montie (Pictured Left) has been fired from his role for being “difficult”. He didn’t know how to follow stage directions. However, Montie will be allowed to remain at the theatre (Not in a role or billed) due to the fact that his owner is Babette Corelli, is the woman training the cats for the production. Talk about animal politics!
Meanwhile, if this all hasn’t proved silly enough for you, a backup feline is already in the wings ready to move in. Montie will be replaced by Moo, the new main understudy cat. Also worth mentioning is the fact that the production’s main cat, Vito (Pictured Right), is currently negotiating obtaining a car and driver for every performance.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is now officially open on Broadway! The show is running at The Cort Theatre located east of Times Square on 49th Street! While I can’t say anything official for the production, when I attended I did find myself watching the cat just to see what it could do. Don’t miss out on the fun or the drama for that matter! For more information, check out Breakfast at Tiffany’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!