“Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” is the charming story of late-bloomer Eddie Ryan. This coming-of-age musical involves the 1950’s Catholic education of eight Chicago children, following them from the start of elementary school through their senior prom and beyond. Along the way it touches on such topics as First Confession, popularity, teacher’s pets, sex education, growing up Catholic and falling in love.
Book by John R. Powers
Music and Lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans
Based on the novel by John R. Powers
Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? Preview (Curtain Calls 7.4, November 2011)
The actors appearing in the publicity shot for “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” try to get into the mood for telling a story that takes place in a religious background. The actors met with the publicity chairman in a classroom in the First Christian Church in Bloomington. It was hoped that everyone would be on their best school behavior, but as seen in the photo, children will be children. The show was a critical success and enjoyed by the audiences.