Watch Tony Winner Chuck Cooper Sing 'Do What You Wanna Do' in City Center Encores! Cabin in the Sky

Encores! News   Watch Tony Winner Chuck Cooper Sing 'Do What You Wanna Do' in City Center Encores! Cabin in the Sky
 
The seventh week of videos spotlights the scores that have been restored throughout the series' many years.

New York City Center, which is currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is posting daily highlights from former Encores! and gala productions.

This week's offerings, curated by Encores! Music Director Rob Berman, spotlight the series' unique contributions to the preservation of great music written for the stage. The week kicked off with Yvette Cason singing "It's a Woman's Prerogative" from the 1998 City Center Encores! production of Harold Arlen's St. Louis Woman, Tony nominee Michael Arden singing “One Kind Word” to Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger in the 2008 City Center Encores! production of Juno, and Tony winner Tommy Tune performing "Fascinating Rhythm" from the 2015 City Center Encores! production of George and Ira Gershwin's Lady, Be Good.

Below, watch Tony winner Chuck Cooper and the company of the 2016 City Center Encores! production of Cabin in the Sky perform "Do What You Wanna Do." Tony winner LaChanze, Tony nominee Norm Lewis, J. Bernard Calloway, Marva Hicks, Carly Hughes, Forrest McClendon, and J.D. Webster also starred in the staging of the 1940 Vernon Duke-John Latouche musical. You can see more clips in the video above!

Says Berman, "There’s nothing like the sound of a classic Golden Age Broadway orchestra: the soaring trumpets, lush strings, and swinging saxophones. The enduring commitment at Encores! to present shows with their original orchestration, brought to life by the 30-piece Encores! Orchestra, is one of the hallmarks of our series. Often there is a considerable amount of work that goes into restoring a show’s original orchestrations. We gather as much original material as we can and compare with the licensed orchestra parts which often have been simplified or modified. Restoring these shows requires some real musical detective work.

"There have been shows in our history where very little original material existed; full scores and entire orchestrations were lost. This week we will look at some of the more ambitious score restorations we have taken on.

"These jobs could not have been completed without the dedicated efforts of Josh Clayton, the Encores! assistant music director, who for many years has been the secret weapon of the series. My predecessor and founding Encores! Music Director Rob Fisher set the standard for how to approach this work with detailed authenticity. And we must give special thanks to those who have funded these restorations, particularly City Center Board member Joe Steinberg through the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust."

The famed Manhattan venue launched the series March 22, Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday, with a week of videos from Sondheim musicals. Click here to watch all of the previously released performances.

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