Based on the Stephen Longstreet’s 1946 novel The Sisters Liked Them Handsome, HIGH BUTTON SHOES concerns the comic entanglements of the Longstreet family with two New Jersey con men in 1913. A highlight of the show is the uproarious Bathing Beauty Ballet that opens Act Two, choreographed by Jerome Robbins to the number, On A Sunday By The Sea. The ballet also incorporates snippets of classical music by Franz Liszt and Jacques Offenbach, to create a grand tribute to silent-movie comedy.
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Book by George Abbott and Stephen Longstreet.
1 Piano Conductor’s Score
1 Prompt Book
19 Dialogue Parts
32 Chorus-Vocal Parts
Fran (Mama’s Sister)
Sarah Longstreet (Mama)
Townspeople, Football Players, Ladies Bird Watching Society, Singers and Dancers
HIGH BUTTON SHOES opened on Broadway at the New Century Theatre, October 9, 1947. It later moved to the Shubert Theatre and the Broadway Theatre, playing for a total of 727 performances starring Phil Silvers and Nanette Fabray.
The Tony Award for Choreography (Robbins)
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