Rizzoli Bookstore and Simon & Schuster celebrated the 60th anniversary of "Eloise" with a conversation between "Eloise" illustrator Hilary Knight and three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who can be heard narrating the new "Eloise" audiobooks.

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October 5, 2017

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from a “Hilary Knight.” The only Hilary Knight I knew of was someone I’ve never met and wasn’t even sure if he were still living in the neighborhood. I’m talking about “Eloise’s” creator. You know, the now immortal Eloise of the Plaza, immortalized as the hotel’s international celebrity.

The email was about a party at Lincoln Center that Hilary Knight was having in the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and starring Liliane Montevecchi, dedicated to Marguerite Gordon with music provided by Peter Mintun and celebrating the man himself, Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World an exhibition of h...

The illustrator Hilary Knight at the New-York Historical Society, where an exhibition showcasing his collaboration with Kay Thompson, “Eloise at the Museum,” is on view. CreditAgaton Strom for The New York Times

I am a native Manhattanite, therefore Eloise was a particular heroine of mine growing up. At a time when New York was somewhat down in the dumps, Eloise made it seem highly desirable to be “a city child.” That she lived at the Plaza Hotel, a place I associated with tourists and an old Walter Matthau movie (then in grainy reruns on Channel 9), mattered not at all.

So when the Books desk asked me to review an exhibition on “Eloise”...

Long before there was millennial pink there was rose carthame, a chemical but warm paint hue favored by Katharine Sturges Dodge, mother of the artist Hilary Knight, and an artist herself. “She used it in cheeks, especially,” Mr. Knight said the other afternoon.

“Think pink!” his most famous collaborator, Kay Thompson, belted in the 1957 movie “Funny Face.” And because of the blockbuster success of their fictional and widely franchised character Eloise, the 6-year-old girl who first appeared in “Eloise: A Book for Precocious Grown-Ups” in 1955 and has been running amok at (and raking it in for) the Plaza Hotel ever since, one might believ...

May 24, 2017

On May 22, 2017 Lilane Montevecchi stopped by to visit my show at the Lincoln Center.  She posed for the ''bluebird lady” in circus mural, from my book ''The Circus is Coming !''

Here she is with her portrait.  She is included in the vitrine ''stars'' which includes funny ladies along with Kaye Ballard, Bette Midler, Martha Ray, Carmen Miranda...and Dame Edna.

We topped off the day with a dinner at Le Veau d'Or.

Needless to say, we all savor certain scores, songs and performances on original, revival and studio cast albums.

In Half a Sixpence, we love hearing Tommy Steele play that banjo in “Money to Burn.”

Through Hallelujah, Baby! we see how song styles gradually changed in the first six decades of the twentieth century thanks to Jule Styne’s magnificent music and Peter Matz’s remarkable orchestrations.

When we listen to No, No Nanette’s tappers in “I Want to Be Happy,” we may be seated, but we often find our own feet tapping away, for we’re just as happy as they.

However, when Irene’s “The Riviera Rage” plays, we can no longer stay seated, becau...

The New York Public Library for The Performing Arts is currently host to a small, gem of an exhibition featuring the art/design of nonagenarian artist, Hilary Knight. Those of you aware only of Knight’s most iconic creation, the irrepressible Eloise (authored by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Knight) should treat yourselves to this glimpse into his utterly stylish and inventive world. Meticulously designed and constructed by the honoree himself, the show unfortunately lacks documentation. I recommend the two recordings offered through earphones for illumination.

“What’s amazing to me is that I still do it. Most people my age are playing go...

The famed illustrator puts his working collection on display in Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

“Can you tell me where I could buy this wallpaper?” asked a recent visitor at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. NYPL exhibit curator David Leopold cocked his head and smiled, “It’s not for sale.”

In fact, it’s not wallpaper. It’s the pièce de résistance of Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World, the splashy new exhibition at the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts now on view through September 1.

“It’s not your typical museum show,” says Leopold. The one-of-a-ki...

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