Originally produced in 1940, 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 (Michael Potts), 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 (Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis) and the Devil’s Head Man (Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper)—all while struggling to remain true to his loving wife Petunia (Tony Award winner LaChanze) and resist the wiles of temptress Georgia Brown (Carly Hughes). Long considered a lost treasure, the score of Cabin in the Sky—which includes jazz hits like “Taking a Chance on Love” and “Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe”—will be restored to its original glory for Encores!
“Original and joyous…Cabin in the Sky ranks with the best work on the American musical stage.”
-The New York Times review of the original production
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Cabin in the Sky is part of the 2016 Encores! season, which also features 1776 and Do I Hear a Waltz?. Subscribe now to see all three shows.
Support for Cabin in the Sky is generously provided by
Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust
The score restoration for Cabin in the Sky is made possible by
The Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Broadway Musical Restoration Fund
Encores! Season Sponsors
Stacey and Eric Mindich
Nathalie and Pablo Salame
The Shubert Foundation, Inc.
Stephanie and Fred Shuman Fund for Encores!