Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Get ready for some "Hot Stuff"! Summer: The Donna Summer Musical brings disco to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway.

Following a twice-extended run at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, Summer transfered to Broadway and officially opened on April 23, 2018.

With songs from the back-catalogue of the five-time Grammy Award-winner, Summer tells the story of Donna Summer, who, after selling 140 million records worldwide, was one of the best-selling artists of all time. She was known as the Queen of Disco and for her hits such as “Love to Love You Baby,” "I Feel Love," “Hot Stuff,” “Bad Girls,” "She Works Hard for the Money," "Last Dance," and “MacArthur Park,” among many others, but this crowd-pleasing bio-musical allows a deeply personal insight into the woman behind the dancefloor fillers.

From childhood molestation to domestic abuse to corporate exploitation, Ms. Summer never had an easy road to stardom thanks to many of the men in her life, but Summer explores the ways she, as a woman in a male-dominated industry, took control of her own career and her own destiny. Her story is narrated by three actresses in the title role (Tony Award winner LaChanze as 'Diva Donna,' Ariana DeBose as 'Disco Donna' and Storm Lever as 'Duckling Donna') who represent Donna at various points in her lifetime and who also effortlessly slip into other roles such as Donna's mother or daughter. They break the fourth wall and create an easy rapport with the audience, as she confides in us her secrets and secret longings. And there doesn't seem to be any topic off limits, even addressing her leaving her first child to pursue her career and an unfortunate homophobic slur that caused a well-documented backlash against her.

If you lived through the Disco era, Summer will offer nostalgia by the bucketload, but for younger audience members, the musical is the chance to experience an astonishing genre and time in the history of music. In terms of womens' rights in the workplace, Summer is also a needed reminder of how the more things change, the more they stay the same. If you feel love for this extraordinary icon of the music industry then head down to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and save the last dance for her.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 40mins (no intermission)
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About Summer: The Donna Summer Musical:

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with 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.

Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff
Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers
Des McAnuff
Songs by:
Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others
Howell Binkley
Gareth Owen
Robert Brill
Sergio Trujillo
Paul Tazewell
Cast list:
LaChanze (as Diva Donna), Ariana DeBose (as Disco Donna), Storm Lever (as Duckling Donna), Aaron Krohn (as Neil), Ken Robinson (as Andrew Gaines), and Jared Zirilli (as Bruce Sudano)
Other info:
Projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 28, 2018
Opening date: 
April 23, 2018
December 30, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

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LaChanze in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical announces Broadway closing date
November 28, 2018

Last Dance, anyone? Producers of the Broadway premiere of new bio-musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical have announced a closing date of December 30, 2018 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and a North American Tour from September 30, 2019. Summer began previews on Broadway on March 28, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 23 and, upon closing, will have played a total of 27 previews and 289 regular performances.

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Interview with Summer: The Donna Summer Musical star LaChanze
June 22, 2018

Tony Award winner LaChanze has always worked hard for the money and can now be found singing those very words eight shows a week at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway! In the crowd-pleasing favorite Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, LaChanze steps into the shoes of the legendary 'Queen of Disco' to tell the story of her life - its trials and tribulations and all its dance floor-filling hits - in just 90 minutes.

Interview with Summer: The Donna Summer Musical stars Ariana DeBose & Storm Lever
April 27, 2018

Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever are both currently wowing audiences at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway with powerhouse vocals doing justice to some of the greatest songs of the disco era. In Summer: The Donna Summer Musical they portray the titular music icon in different stages of her life, alongside Tony Award winner LaChanze as Diva Donna. Ms. Lever, whose playing age is enviously younger, is perfectly cast as Duckling Donna in her Broadway debut, whilst Ms. DeBose takes on the slightly older variant and is giving a career-defining performance as Disco Donna.

Ariana DeBose, LaChanze & Storm Lever
NYTG at the Official Opening of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway
April 24, 2018

We love to love a jukebox musical at NYTG and yesterday it was the Queen of Disco's turn to be immortalized, as Summer: The Donna Summer Musical officially opened on the Great White Way. The new bio-musical saw crowds flocking to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre last night, many dressed in appropriate disco-attire in an effort to appear as glitzy and glittering as the show itself, and fans were ready to celebrate the music and the life of a true icon of the music industry.

Our Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Review

Anyone who has been to a disco or a wedding in the last 35 or 40 years has heard and danced to Donna Summer. She was rightly known as the Queen of Disco and was the most successful recording artist of the period during her heyday. So, it was inevitable that we would eventually have Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway.