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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? - Full Length Musical

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Alaric Jans, John R. Powers, James Quinn

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Full Length Musical

6m, 8f

ISBN: 9780573681035

Book by John R. Powers
Music and Lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans
"Very funny." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The audience ... was beside itself with glee." - Philadelphia Daily News"A divine comedy." - Main Line Times"Crisp and snappy." - Catholic Standard and Times

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Full Length Musical

Gleeful audiences flocked to see this show in Chicago (where it became that city's longest running show), in Philadelphia (where it broke attendance records during its two runs) and in cities across the country. Focusing on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence. Every number tickles the funny bone of anyone who ever went to school, public or private. It is a delightful musical for schools.

"Very funny." - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The audience ... was beside itself with glee." - Philadelphia Daily News

"A divine comedy." - Main Line Times

"Crisp and snappy." - Catholic Standard and Times

"You don't have to be Catholic to enjoy it." - Jewish Times



6m, 8f

Rental Materials



1 Piano/Conductor Score
15 Vocal Chorus Books

Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed II (Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Clarinet)
Trumpets I & II (1 Book)
Song Samples


Prologue / Get Ready Eddie

The Greatest Gift

Little Fat Girls

It's the Nuns

Cookie Cutters

Patron Saints

Private Parts

How Far is Too Far?

Act One Finale


I Must be in Love

Friends The Best Of

Mad Bomber / Saving Ourselves


Thank God

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James Quinn

James Quinn

James Quinn is an award-winning composer/lyricist/pianist who has created a large body of unique works for theater, television and the concert stage as well as a large body of individual songs and chamber works. He is best known as the principle composer/ associate lyricist of the smash hit musical Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?. The work holds performance records in Chicago, ... view full profile

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james leibrecht 3/1/2016 8:38 AM
I have been Director of Theatre here at Bishop DuBourg for 45 years, lots of shows for a myriad of students of all abilities.  We did this show back in 1992 when everyone was closer to remembering the days of the nuns staffing Catholic Schools with intense precision and faith.  It was a great show then, and it is now still.  Why?  First of all, the music is plain good-songs that provide lots of energy and fun for the cast.  Second, most of the humor is still humorous, or at least beyond belief for today's folks who think these schools must have been on a different planet.  And third, it is a great show when your theatre group's numbers are small and the experience limited.  It is a show that is a great fit for such a situation. AND, in truth, it only makes sense at a Catholic school..
If this is where you find your group--go for it.
Gregory Rybczyk 9/18/2014 7:09 PM
This is an interesting musical that can be produced fairly easily.  I think there are more clever scripts out there these days, and it seems that Catholics would enjoy the inside-scoop references much more than others.  That being said, I imagine this play can be easily produced and would be enjoyable if a theatre has an appropriate "slot" for it.
Adrienne Bogarde 9/16/2014 12:28 PM
I absolutely LOVE this show!  I direct high school theater, and it's a perfect show for high schoolers to perform.  The themes are timeless and the audience loves it!  My only critique is that the musical score is very old and hard to read, and the instrumental books don't match up with the conductor's score.  It could really use some updating.  Our orchestra was able to work out the issues and the show was a great success!

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