Stephen's first and most succesful broadway play
script was "High Button Shoes". After his success with
the novels, he tried his hand at a family historical book of sorts
entitled "The Sisters Liked Them Handsome". This became
the content for "High Button Shoes".
"High Button Shoes" opened on Oct. 9,
1947. It was reported to be the most succesful musical produced
that season. "Nanette Fabray" and comedian "Phil
Silvers" starred. There was a Mack Sennett bathing beauty
It played for 727 performances. The show went
on the road. Eddie Foy Jr., replaced Phil Silvers.