Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes
Really Reflect Up?
Original Logo
Music James Quinn
Alaric Jans
Lyrics James Quinn
Alaric Jans
Book John R. Powers
Basis Powers' novel Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?
Productions 1979 Chicago
1982 Broadway

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? is a book published in 1975 by author John R. Powers. It was subsequently adapted into a Broadway musical and a screenplay.

Film In development[edit]

Director and author Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and He's Just Not That Into You), drafted a screenplay for a non-musical film version of the book in late 2005.


The show has become a highly popular choice of regional and community theatres. The Chicago production's 4½-year run was the longest in the city's history, and it broke house records during its two runs in Philadelphia. Directed by Mike Nussbaum and choreographed by Thommie Walsh, opened 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 were also turned into a musical with music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans during the mid to late-1970s. 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 wearing panties under the school uniform's plaid pleated skirt so the shoes wouldn't reflect up. 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 woman. Unfortunately, she decides to become a nun. Eddie eventually decides to stop questioning his faith and rejoins the church as a teacher at his old Catholic high school, where he finds himself with the love of his high-school sweetheart, and his lifelong commitment to teaching the Catholic faith.

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.

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