by: Sandi Durell


On Thursday April 2nd, the Drama Book Shop hosted Michael Elihu Colby’s The Algonquin Kid: Adventures Growing Up at New York’s Legendary Hotel. Michael’s grandparents Ben and Mary Bodne owned the hotel from 1946-1987 where Michael visited, and later lived for a time, meeting the glittering stars of writers, songwriters, performers and more (Noel Coward, Ella Fitzgerald, Angela Lansbury, Maya Angelou).

Performing at the launch was the Prince of Cabaret, the man who opened the Algonquin cabaret room, Steve Ross, along with Broadway’s Tovah Feldshuh, KT Sullivan, Tony Sheldon, Klea Blackhurst, Christina Bianco, Alli Mauzey, Jessica Grove, Michael Winther and Emmy Winning composer Jack Urbont, with Michael Lavine at the piano as musical director.

The original 20 part series of the Algonquin Kid appeared on TheaterPizzazz.