According to Encores!, "Cabin in the Sky followed Porgy and Bess in celebrating African‐American music and dance traditions. The musical tells the story of 'Little Joe' Jackson, a charming ne'er‐do‐well who dies in a saloon brawl and is given six months on earth to prove his worth to the Lord's General (Norm Lewis) and his long‐suffering wife Petunia (LaChanze), while resisting the temptations of the Devil's Head Man (Chuck Cooper)."
The original 1940 production starred Ethel Waters, Todd Duncan, Dooley Wilson, Katherine Dunham, Georgia Burke and Dick Campbell. The original orchestrations no longer exist and have been recreated by Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick. The score includes the standard "Taking a Chance on Love."
Encores! single tickets and subscription packages can be purchased by calling (212) 581-1212 or by visiting nycitycenter.org.
The Encores! season will continue with a multi‐ethnic production of Sherman Edwards’ Tony Award‐winning classic 1776 (March 30-Apr 3), directed by Garry Hynes, with guest music direction by Ben Whiteley and choreography by Chris Bailey. The show has a book by Peter Stone.
The final production of the Encores! season, Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim’s 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz? (May 11-15), will be directed by Evan Cabnet, with musical direction by Encores! music director Rob Berman and choreography by Chase Brock.