Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
|Do Black Patent Leather Shoes
Really Reflect Up?
|Book||John R. Powers|
|Basis||Powers' novel Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?|
Film in development
The show has become a highly popular choice of regional and community theatres. The original 1979 Chicago production's 4½-year run at the Forum Theater was the longest in the city's history it featured Megan Mullally, Anthony Crivello and Chloe Webb among many others. "Shoes" broke house records during its two runs in Philadelphia. Directed by Mike Nussbaum (Chicago and Broadway) and choreographed by Thommie Walsh(Broadway), opened in NYC on May 27, 1982 at the Alvin Theatre. In addition to Russ Thacker as Eddie and Maureen Moore as Becky, the cast included Don Stitt, Vicki Lewis and Jason Graae.
The 1950s era story from the original books by John R. Powers was also turned into a musical with music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric 'Rokko' Jans in 1979. Produced by Libby Adler Mages and Daniel Golman of Mavin Productions. The original coming of age musical involves the 1950s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through the senior prom and beyond. Along the way it touches on such topics as first confessions, puppy love, patron saints, teacher's pets, sex education classes, and the importance of not wearing patent leather shoes as they could reflect up under the school uniform's plaid pleated skirts. One of the central plot elements running through the musical is that Eddie Ryan is infatuated with a chubby girl, Becky Bakowski. She becomes his best friend, and he later falls in love with her when she matures into a beautiful young woman. Unfortunately, she has decided to become a nun. Many years later Eddie returns to his old elementary school to inquire about Becky only to find she has left the order and is teaching in a small school in Indiana. At the end of the musical they are reunited.
An original cast recording was released by Bay Cities Records.
The licensing agent for all performances is Samuel French, Inc., which calculates over 250 performances are given each year in North America.