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Encores! presents 'High Button Shoes' by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne

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Encores! presents 'High Button Shoes' by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne

May 11, 2019

City Center Encores! presents
"High Button Shoes" by Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne
City Center
131 W 55th St., CityTix (212) 581-1212
Through Sunday May 12

This virtually-forgotten 1947 hit is remembered for its star, being the first of three hit Broadway vehicles for the legendary comic Phil Silvers.  And also for the artists who recorded its memorable songs: "Can't You Just See Yourself" and "You're My Girl" by Frank Sinatra, and one of the definitive Broadway polkas, "Poppa, Won't You Dance With Me" by Doris Day.  It's one of those Broadway gems you've always wanted to see, and this long-awaited Encores revival - with Betsy Wolfe in the female lead and Michael Urie as the incorrigible "Harrison Floy" should be well-worth seeing.  Oh yes - that and the way Mel Brooks parodied it (the title at least) as High Button Jews in The Producers.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)