For their final Encores! production of their 75th anniversary season, City Center presents Jule Styne’s rarely-seen musical comedy about the misadventures of two charismatic conmen. More…
Follow Harrison Floy (Michael Urie) and Mr. Pontdue (Kevin Chamberlin) as they proceed to bamboozle Sara Longstreet (Betsy Wolfe) and her family—inciting a chase from New Brunswick, down the Jersey Shore, to Atlantic City.
"High Button Shoes" was Jule Styne’s first Broadway hit and won Jerome Robbins his first Tony Award for choreography years before "West Side Story" and "Gypsy."
See it if you like old-fashioned silly musicals. Lots of singin/dancin. Plot is gossamer thin. Urie/Wolfe delight. Orchestra shines. Clever staging.
Don't see it if you want meaty works. Occasnly, too much of a gd thing; needs cuts. JR ballet is historic curiosity; soft shoe great. Chase scene dazzles!
See it if Flashy production numbers are the major stand-out in early Styne vehicle Robbins choreo provides added oomph Urie tries hard but strains
Don't see it if Vaudevillian roots show to detrimental effect 2nd act totally falls apart despite Wolfe/Gregory duet But these shows are why Encores exists!
See it if Beautiful dances. The aim of Encores is to go back. It does. It is 1947. Comparison exists. Huge band does the job. The young lad stars.
Don't see it if Do not expect today's standards. It is mid 20th century humor.
See it if you like a very light hearted old fashioned musical from Styne and Cahn with original Jerome Robbins choreography.
Don't see it if you like sophisticated songs and dance numbers or lush musicals.
See it if Don't want 2 miss any of Encores experiences, Michael Urie breathe life into Phil Silvers material, pleasant enough is good enough
Don't see it if history lesson of 1947 BWY musical structure, style and subject matter is not enuf 4 your entertainment $
See it if Some fine dancing. Orch sounds great. But the plot is silly. Urie is funny but not smarmy enough, like Phil Silvers. No memorable songs.
Don't see it if Encores should have done "Little Johnny Jones" instead. It's an antique, for sure, but everyone loves the Cohan score and the "Cagney"scene
See it if you like revivals of old musicals.This 1 hasn't been revived for a reason---it's dull. Despite the usual full blown Encores production, yawn
Don't see it if you want a show that really has something to say, isn't predictable, and has characters you care about.This has none of that.
See it if The major dance number's terrific. A couple of catchy tunes. Urie plays a sarcastic, panicked fraud rather than a debonair, egocentric one.
Don't see it if Plays about conmen really should have tighter plots than this. Aside from the bright spots mentioned above, it’s a tepid show.
See it if you are a fan of old musicals & aren't very picky. The Keystone Kops number at the beach is a knockout. Pleasant, unmemorable score.
Don't see it if you want more challenging material; sharper humor. There's nothing terribly wrong, but little that rises to the usual Encores high standards
See it if Seeking the balm of old-fashioned fun, frolicking ensemble casts, and Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn music and lyrics in a nutty present day.
Don't see it if you seek stunning/surprising set-design, costumes, or singing--which is uneven; need something edgy and unpredictable; dislike datedness.
See it if you want to see what was happening between Oklahoma! and The Music Man on Broadway,or if you want to see the early genius of Jerome Robbins.
Don't see it if Fluffy yet worthy musicals are beneath you; you're expecting a rousing Styne overture; you've outgrown sweetness on Broadway.
See it if Everyday hustlin'! Trickster tries his new cheat and almost marries a woman for the money. Fun and beautiful choreographed sequences.
Don't see it if Dated story not particularly relevant. Emotionally flat: no highs or lows. No real plot development.
See it if you like old-fashioned musicals & enjoy great choreography. Lots of singing and dancing. Michael Urie works really hard - it sometimes works
Don't see it if you don't like contrived, silly plots. There are some tuneful numbers.
See it if enjoy nice (though non-memorable) music, dancing, and a very slim story done as only Encores can do it.
Don't see it if need a better story-line and better songs. actually dozed off for a while and didn't really miss anything.
See it if A relic from 1947. Book involves 2 con men's adventures. Energetic cast .Best parts involve the Keystone Cops in 2nd act. Urie excels.
Don't see it if Pleasant, fluffy entertainment. This is definitely a musical from yesteryear that has some good moments.
See it if you're a Michael Urie fan; as always he does an excellent job. You enjoy musical theatre &/or are interested in old historic shows.
Don't see it if You'd prefer a show with some memorable songs; fully staged productions--this is an Encores performance.
See it if you're a fan of theatre history and throwbacks to vaudeville comedy.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of old fashioned musical comedies with paper thin plots that are just set ups for gags and dances.
See it if you were dying to hear the song Papa, Won't You Dance With Me performed live.
Don't see it if you were dying to see Jerome Robbins choreography because the only remnants of Jerome Robbins came in the Bathing Beauty Ballet in Act 2
See it if you see every Encores production. Orchestra shines as usual. A few good dance numbers. Cast tries hard to sell the material.
Don't see it if Not sure why this was revived. Completely fluffy story that doesn't hold up at all. Music ok but nothing special.
See it if Michael Urie and some fine Jerome Robbins choreography beautifully executed is enough to keep your attention.
Don't see it if you expect memorable lyrics and music or an entertaining book even for such an old chestnut as this is. Talent does the best it can.
See it if Highly entertaining old-fashioned musical with stunning Jerome Robbins choreography, silly story well payed by excellent ensemble
Don't see it if You don’t love dance because the choreography makes the show particularly second act Sunday By the Sea
See it if You want to experience what people thought was entertaining in 1947. A second-rank musical from the "Golden Age".
Don't see it if You like your theater realistic, meaningful and you hate musicals whose only purpose is to make you forget your troubles.