–The New York Times, reviewing the 1947 Broadway premiere
The Encores! season ends with a springtime romp, the rarely seen High Button Shoes. Among the show's many treasures was Jerome Robbins’ showstopping Act Two opener, choreographed in the slapstick style of Mack Sennett and set to the Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn song “On a Sunday By the Sea.” Encores! will deliver its own unique take on one of Robbins’ most inspired Broadway dances, and deliver the rest of the show’s mayhem—from the Model “T” Ford to the Rutgers football squad—all in high style and with a complete commitment to the chaotic spirit of the original.
Robbins’ work for High Button Shoes earned him his first Tony Award, just a year before he joined the New York City Ballet. Styne and Cahn’s generally underrated score produced two big song hits of the period, “Papa, Won’t You Dance with Me” and “I Still Get Jealous.” And Stephen Longstreet’s book buoys the show's cheery mayhem with a story not unlike Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, concerning the adventures of a traveling con-man caught up in small-town America—in this case, rural New Jersey. Brimming with charm and silliness High Button Shoes is the perfect way to close this Encores! season honoring New York City Center's 75-year musical theater tradition.
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Book by Stephen Longstreet
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel
Encores! Music Director Rob Berman
Fans of Encores! will also love our Encores! Behind the Curtain series. Enjoy a night of talk and song from leading Broadway performers, creators, and commentators as they offer fresh perspectives on High Button Shoes. Hosted by the Museum of the City of New York on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7pm.
75th Anniversary Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Major Support for Encores! is provided by
Stacey and Eric Mindich Fund for Musical Theater
Roz and Jerry Meyer
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Shubert Foundation
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!
Support for High Button Shoes is provided by
Margot and John Ernst
The score restoration for High Button Shoes is made possible by
The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund
Additional Support is provided by
The Frederick Loewe Foundation
The SHS Foundation
The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.