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Betsy Wolfe, Michael Urie, and More to Star in High Button Shoes

John Rando will direct the final Encores! production of the New York City Center’s 75th-anniversary season.

Betsy Wolfe and Michael Urie will star in the Encores! production of High Button Shoes.
Betsy Wolfe and Michael Urie will star in the Encores! production of High Button Shoes.
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New York City Center has announced casting for High Button Shoes, the final Encores! production of the City Center's 75th anniversary season, running May 8-12.

Described as "a springtime romp, High Button Shoes follows the misadventures of two charismatic conmen (Michael Urie and Kevin Chamberlin) as they proceed to bamboozle Sara Longstreet (Betsy Wolfe) and her family — inciting a chase from New Brunswick, down the Jersey Shore, to Atlantic City. The first Broadway collaboration from Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, the production features hits like 'Papa, Won't You Dance With Me' and 'On a Sunday by the Sea.' Jerome Robbins won his first Tony Award for Best Choreography with the show and two numbers — the dazzling comedic 10-minute ensemble piece, 'Bathing Beauty Ballet,' and 'I Still Get Jealous' — will use his original choreography staged by Sarah O'Gleby."

In addition to Urie, Chamberlin, and Wolfe, the rest of the cast will include Aidan Alberto, Jennifer Allen, Carla Duren, Chester Gregory, Mylinda Hull, Marc Koeck, Matt Loehr, and Wayne Pretlow. The ensemble will include Ward Billeisen, Sam Bolen, Colin Cunliffe, Nicholas Cunningham, Taeler Elyse Cyrus, Christine DiGiallondardo, Michael Everett, Ta'Nika Gibson, Berklea Going, Marc Heitzman, Leah Horowitz, Caijai Fellows Johnson, Robin Masella, Skye Mattox, Kaitlin Mesh, Justin Packard, Nathan Riley, Blakely Slaybaugh, George Slotin, Madison Stratton, and Shaun-Avery Williams.

John Rando will direct High Button Shoes, with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by O'Gleby.