the algonquin kid book by michael colby

The Algonquin Kid

The Algonquin Kid
Adventures Growing Up at
New York’s Legendary Hotel
By Michael Elihu Colby

The true story of Michael Elihu Colby whose childhood days at Manhattan’s famous Algonquin Hotel comprised a vivid tapestry of encounters with glittering Broadway, Hollywood, and recording stars: from the Marx Brothers to Ella Fitzgerald, Laurence Olivier to Leonard Cohen, Helen Hayes to Maya Angelou. In years to come, Michael would find his own place in the world of Manhattan musicals, rehearsing his own shows—with future Broadway luminaries—at the hotel. Audiobook available:

Nearly 200 rare pictures, a bibliography, appendixes, & index.


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“It is such a fun and enriching experience reading The Algonquin Kid.  I love the way Michael assembled the stories and shared his own creativity and talent along the way. He has preserved an important part of history which deeply resonated with me. (And I would have felt that way even if I weren’t in the book).  So much of that era has passed and it only lives again when someone takes the time to save it, like Michael.” - Michael Feinstein

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