Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis Will Star in Encores! Cabin in the Sky

News   Chuck Cooper, LaChanze, Norm Lewis Will Star in Encores! Cabin in the Sky Tony Award winners Chuck Cooper, LaChanze and Tony nominee Norm Lewis will star in the City Center Encores! staging of the 1940 Vernon Duke-John Latouche musical Cabin in the Sky. Creative duties have also been announced for Encores! productions of 1776 and Do I Hear a Waltz?

Set to run Feb. 10-14, 2016, Cabin in the Sky will also include J. Bernard Calloway, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, Forrest McClendon and J.D. Webster. Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago‐Hudson directs with choreography by Camille A. Brown.

Norm Lewis
Norm Lewis

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 orchestrations for Cabin in the Sky no longer exist and will be recreated by Tony Award winner Jonathan Tunick.

Next up is the Tony-winning 1776, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, set to run March 30-April 3. It will be directed by Garry Hynes, with guest music direction by Ben Whiteley and choreography by Chris Bailey.

Tony winner Chuck Cooper
Tony winner Chuck Cooper Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Encores! season will continue with a multi‐ethnic production of Sherman Edwards’ Tony Award‐winning classic 1776 (Mar 30-Apr 3), directed by Garry Hynes, with guest music direction by Ben Whiteley and choreography by Chris Bailey. The final production of the 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. Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim's Do I Hear a Waltz? will conclude the run, slated for performances May 11-15. Based on Arthur Laurents' play The Time of the Cuckoo, production will be directed by Evan Cabnet, with musical direction by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman and choreography by Chase Brock.

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