The Algonquin Hotel Honors Broadway in a Tony-Themed Cat Fashion Show

Broadway News   The Algonquin Hotel Honors Broadway in a Tony-Themed Cat Fashion Show The Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show will see cats strut their stuff in theatre-themed garb August 3.
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Matilda the Algonquin Cat Joseph Marzullo/WENN

On August 3, Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel will host its Annual Celebration & Cat Fashion Show.

The historic hotel is famously known for The Roundtable, where New York’s literary and theatrical elite would gather and write dating back to the 1920s. New York Times theatre critic Alexander Woolcott wrote reviews on the third floor of the hotel; two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright George Kaufman (Of Thee I Sing!, You Can’t Take It With You) frequented the establishment, as did playwright Marc Connelly (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Green Pasture) and Edna Ferber, writer of Dinner at Eight and the novel Show Boat that inspired the musical of the same name.

The Algonquin Cat has been an emblem of the hotel since the 1920s, when a stray cat wandered into the lobby. Since then, many felines have stepped into the mascot’s shoes, but this connection sparked the idea for a cat fashion show to benefit the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. This year, eight cats will model designs inspired by Tony-winning musicals. For tickets and information or to bid on silent auction items, visit 501Auctions.com.

Also on display at The Algonquin’s renowned Blue Bar are sketches by Broadway artist Al Hirschfeld.

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