BWW TV: Unfamiliar with Encores! CABIN IN THE SKY? LaChanze, Michael Potts & Carly Hughes Give Sneak Peek!
The 2016 season of New York City Center's Tony-honored Encores! will open with Cabin in the Sky on February 10-14, 2016, with an all-star cast, including: Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper,Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, Jonathan Kirkland, LaChanze, Norm Lewis, Forrest McClendon,Michael Potts and J.D. Webster. The company just gave us a special sneak peek and BroadwayWorld was there for the big day. Check out interviews with the company and a performance preview below!
Cabin in the Sky tells the fable-like story of a battle between The Lord's General and the Devil's only son over the soul of a charming ne'er-do-well named "Little Joe" Jackson who, after a knife fight in a saloon, is given six months more on earth to prove his worth. With Cabin in the Sky, composer Vernon Duke, lyricist John La Touche, and librettist Lynn Root set out to celebrate African American achievement in music and dance, and created a wonderfully integrated score that blends hits like "Taking a Chance on Love" with authentic traditional gospel numbers and full-fledged modern dance pieces. The show opened on October 25, 1940 at the Martin Beck Theatre in a production staged and choreographed by George Balanchine and ran 156 performances.
The score of Cabin in the Sky will be restored to its original glory at Encores!, thanks to the generous support of The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund.