High Button Shoes
High Button Shoes

High Button Shoes NYC Reviews and Tickets

(67 Reviews)
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Dated, Entertaining, Fluffy, Funny, Disappointing

About the Show

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.

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711 Reviews | 140 Followers
Funny, Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Classic Older Musical with dancing, and fun. Its silly too. Has a little of everything.

Don't see it if Its carefree, light and New Brunswick, NJ gets to you. Read more

155 Reviews | 23 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a musical that has it all; great dancing and singing. You will be wanting more when the show ends.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy musicals and want a serious play.

132 Reviews | 32 Followers
Fluffy, Great choreography, Great staging, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate inventive traditional musical comedy with a great star turn.

Don't see it if you only enjoy contemporary musicals and serious works Read more

201 Reviews | 33 Followers
Fluffy, Dated, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you're interested in old musicals beautifully done...if you're a Jerome Robbins fan... if you're curious about this score - adorable!

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be an immediate Bway transfer, sometimes, MOST times, they aren't - for me that's not what encores is about

133 Reviews | 13 Followers
Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like old fashioned musicals

Don't see it if you like your musicals up to date and relevant Read more

221 Reviews | 37 Followers
A fun time

See it if you want to enjoy an excellent silly show with some terrific dance numbers.

Don't see it if want to be totally absorbed in the show. Don't see it if old fashioned funny musicals aren't your thing.

353 Reviews | 74 Followers
That ballet!!!!, Disappointing direction, Fluffy, Urie--gotta love him!, Historically intriguing

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. Read more

137 Reviews | 46 Followers
Charming, Funny, Great harmonies, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy Encores productions, light fare, silly/fluffy plot, beautiful dancing. Vocal harmonies are stellar. Lots of funny moments.

Don't see it if You want a fully staged show, something w a meatier plot or a moral to the story. Pure silliness. A few ear worms but music isn’t memorable.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
May 9th, 2019

"The entire production seems to take place under a double glaze of nostalgia...Urie gives a characteristically skillful performance, but it feels pasted on…That ballet aside, none of the musical numbers land with the impact that makes audiences clap their hands raw, although I enjoyed Mr. Loehr’s and Ms. Hull’s artfully awkward take on the tango. And the jokes are more likely to make you smile politely than laugh out loud."
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The Observer
May 15th, 2019

“The endless first act has no coherence, no charm, and lots of puerile jokes...The...score is derivative and second-rate. The Encores! performances were efficiently shticky—only Kevin Chamberlin as Floy’s rotund sidekick was three-dimensional. As for the Bathing Beauty Ballet itself, it lived up to its huge reputation, even though the stage of the City Center was too small for it: it looked reduced. But in the middle of the mess that is ‘High Button Shoes’, it shone with the light of genius.”
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New York Theatre Guide
May 13th, 2019

“Encores! does its best...What results is often a very finely polished antiquity with one or two redemptive qualities...‘High Button Shoes’ is this formula at its most underwhelming...But with no timeless standards, the score falls flat, and even at its best...it comes off as silly and dated...The lifeline of the show, in classic Encores! tradition, is its dance."
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AM New York
May 9th, 2019

''High Button Shoes' is hardly ever performed nowadays. And this weekend, musical theater junkies can learn why thanks to a lumbering and tiring concert revival…Much of the plotting is clunky and outright baffling, and the so-so score lacks any songs that are well-remembered today…'High Button Shoes' lacks the substance to justify a professional revival…Then again, with more inspiration and better comic ingenuity, 'High Button Shoes' might have at least been more fun."
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May 9th, 2019

"An assortment of enthusiastic actors lost in a sea of passé jokes and just-OK songs. And then something happens...when it all comes together for 10 or so fleeting minutes of heaven...It is an antic delight, and I would encourage any musical theater aficionado to see it. I'd also encourage Encores! to just present this sequence and cut the rest of the show...The jokes land with a thud, the pacing is lugubrious...The production just isn't ready for prime time, and that extends to the actors."
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May 10th, 2019

"That crazy cacophony of choreographic chaos that careens across the City Center stage shortly after the commencement of Act II is the main reason for Encores! to bring back the smash hit 1947 musical comedy...Not exactly a forgotten gem...A pleasant, though not especially distinguished collection of generic ballads and novelty numbers...Urie is indeed a charismatic performer...but director John Rando has him mimicking Silvers, and...it didn't seem a comfortable fit."
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Talkin' Broadway
May 8th, 2019

"'Has not withstood the test of time...That it makes little sense as it careens from scene to disconnected scene is as gentle a way as I can put it. Under John Rando's direction, almost every flaw is emphasized, while the show's strengths are downplayed...There are some very good songs scattered here and there...The rest of the cast try to rev things up with lots of frenzied mugging, but snake oil is still snake oil, no matter how you package it."
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New York Stage Review
May 9th, 2019

"Where the current staging falls flattest is in the star performance...Without a strong star performance, all that’s left in this 'High Button Shoes' is the 'Bathing Beauty Ballet.' And that’s not enough to support the evening. Nor does the rest of the cast capture the ragtag style the show calls for...The music, at least, is impeccably handled. Rob Berman leads the Encores orchestra with such flair that during the rambunctious overture the show sounds like a hit. But not for long."
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