High Button Shoes

High Button Shoes

New York City Center concludes its 2019 Encores! season with the 1947 romp High Button Shoes, featuring music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, and a book by Stephen Longstreet.

Performances take place at New York City Center's Mainstage.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

Running time: 
2hrs 15mins (including 1 intermission)
10 images
About High Button Shoes:

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.

Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn and a Book by Stephen Longstreet
New York City Center Encores!
John Rando
Sarah O’Gleby (originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins)
Cast list:
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)
Other info:
Music Direction by Rob Berman
High Button Shoes Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
May 8, 2019
Opening date: 
May 8, 2019
May 12, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

New York City Center

131 West 55th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
57th Street stations

Our High Button Shoes Review

At this point, especially where this spring has been concerned, returning audiences should be used to the formula for an Encores! selected show: A gossamer-thin plot, a charming but forgettable score, and dialogue that may fail to land even with New York City Center’s chief demographic of the affluent, elderly, and Caucasian. Still, as a reputable series with City Center’s resources, Encores!... Read more