Tony Nomination Spotlight – Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Two 2018 Tony Award Nominations:

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical (LaChanze), Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Ariana DeBose).

Story of a Disco Queen:

A new musical biography that charts the incomparable life of iconic disco diva Donna Summer, featuring her most famous songs, including “Hot Stuff,” “On the Radio,” “Bad Girls,” and “MacArthur Park.”

From the Producers:

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era, and the supreme queen for every diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

She Works Hard for the Money:

Music icon and five-time Grammy Award winner Donna Summer is one of the most beloved of the artists who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. Prior to her death in 2012, Summer had been developing her own Broadway bio-musical titled Ordinary Girl, in which she planned to star, and laid the groundwork for the current production. Summer made its world premiere in a sold-out 2017 engagement at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2017. The musical then opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in April 2018.

Cast & Creatives:

Three different performers portray Donna Summer through three stages of her life, from growing up in Boston to the legendary artist she became. The cast features newcomer Storm Lever as Duckling Donna, Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale: The Musical) as Disco Donna, and LaChanze (The Color Purple) as Diva Donna, all three revisiting their roles from the original La Jolla Playhouse production. Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy), the musical includes more than 20 of Summer’s well-known hits, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, A Bronx Tale: The Musical), and a book penned by McAnuff, Colman Domingo, and Robert Cary.


Entertainment Weekly – “Summer delivers the seasonal sunshine…the music is terrific…but this production lives or dies on the shoulders of its three Donnas – and they are incredible.”

NY1 – “The music’s the thing here, and on that front the show does not disappoint… the tunes…are thrillingly performed by a phenomenal trio of actresses.”

Newsday – “There are moments of pure emotion in the show…and all three Donnas are at the top of their vocal game, raising the roof. By the time the show closes, the audience is up dancing.”

New York Magazine – “Thanks to the swift, smart construction…it’s a pretty damn good time.”

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