There are always rumors of cat fights happening behind the scenes of Broadway shows, but this one is quite literal.
The new Broadway production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” opened last Wednesday and the breakout star isn’t who you’d expect. It is not “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke, but rather the feline superstar Vito Vincent, who plays the role of “cat.”
Apparently Vito Vincent, an orange male cat, thinks he indeed is the cat’s meow and has let the bright lights go to his little furry head. The New York Post reports that Vito Vincent’s owner is negotiating with producers to get a car and driver each night. A show rep did not comment whether that was true, but told the Post, “The producers have made every effort to treat Vito like the star that he is.”
Meanwhile, Vito Vincent’s understudies, Moo and Montie, are also clawing their way through drama.
Even though all three cats are listed in the Playbill, a publicist for the production explained that Montie, a black and white male cat, has been benched due to bad behavior. Moo is now replacing Montie as the main understudy.
“Cats do have nine lives,” Rick Miramontez, the publicist, said in a statement. “While there are others who are joining the production as understudies and covers, Montie will remain at the theater indefinitely.”
Montie gets to stay at the theater, albeit backstage, because his owner, Babette Corelli, helped with casting and trained the cats.
The cats even have their own dressing room, which was filled with bouquets of flowers and cans of cat food on opening night.