Michael Urie, Betsy Wolfe & more to star in Encores! High Button Shoes
The Encores! production of High Button Shoes will run for seven performances at New York City Center from May 8 to May 12, 2019.
The cast includes (in alphabetical order) Aidan Alberto (as Stevie), Jennifer Allen (as Shirley Simpkins), Kevin Chamberlin (as Mr. Pontdue), Carla Duren (as Fran), Chester Gregory (as Papa Longstreet), Mylinda Hull (as Nancy), Marc Koeck (as Oggle), Matt Loehr (as Uncle Willy), Wayne Pretlow (as Elmer Simpkins), Michael Urie (as Harrison Floy), and Betsy Wolfe (as Sara Longstreet), alongside ensemble members Ward Billeisen, Sam Bolen, Colin Cunliffe, Nicholas Cunningham, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Christine DiGiallondardo, Michael Everett, Ta'Nika Gibson, Berklea Going, Marc Heitzman, Leah Horowitz, Caijai Fellows Johnson, Robin Masella, Skye Mattox, Kaitlin Mesh, Justin Packard, Nathan Riley, Blakely Slaybaugh, George Slotin, Madison Stratton, and Shaun-Avery Williams.
Synopsis: "High Button Shoes is a springtime romp that contains, among other treasures, Jerome Robbins’ Mack Sennett-style ballet, set to the Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn song “On a Sunday by the Sea,” which created ten minutes of complete mayhem that included bathing beauties, Keystone Kops, mustachioed crooks, and, for no particular reason anyone could determine, a dancing gorilla. All this and more—yes, even the Rutgers football team—feature in this adventure of a traveling con-man caught up in small town rural New Jersey."
High Button Shoes, written in 1947 with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn and a book by Stephen Longstreet, is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Sarah O’Gleby, based on the original choreography by Jerome Robbins. The production also features The Encores! Orchestra, with music direction by Rob Berman.
This Encores! production is staged in honor of the Jerome Robbins Centennial, paying tribute to Robbins’s inspiring legacy, as part of City Center’s 75th Anniversary Season.