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Rex Everhart, Ken Howard, William Daniels and Clifford David in the original cast of "1776."

New Encores! Season to Feature Return of Founding Fathers Musical ‘1776’

Also on the slate are the more obscure ‘Cabin in the Sky’ and ‘Do I Hear a Waltz?’

NEW YORK CITY: Encores!, the Broadway musical concert series at New York City Center, has announced its 2016 season.

It begins with a revival of the 1940 all-black musical Cabin in the Sky (Feb. 10–14, 2016), with music by Vernon Duke, lyrics by John Latouche and librettist Lynn Rootset. The show, which includes the standard “Taking a Chance on Love,” is a fable about a man given six remaining months on Earth prove his worth.

Next is a revisit of the 1969 hit 1776 (March 30–April 3, 2016), which tells the story of the United States’ founding, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone.  In a statement, Encores! artistic director Jack Viertel conceded that while the show is one “we’ve long contemplated doing,” they’ve decided to mount it now due to the popularity Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. “We felt it would be an especially enjoyable moment to look at this wonderful show. It may also start a few conversations, which, in the theater, we always hope to do.”

The season closes with 1965’s Do I Hear a Waltz? (May 11–15), the only collaboration of composer Richard Rodgers with lyricist Stephen Sondheim, with a book by Arthur Laurents’s, based on his own play The Time of the Cuckoo. It tells the tale of a middle-class American woman who uses her meager savings for a long-dreamed-of trip to Venice seeking love and learns an important lesson instead.

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