Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
|Summer: The Donna Summer Musical|
2018 Broadway Playbill
|Music||Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Paul Jabara, and others|
|Lyrics||Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Paul Jabara, and others|
|Book||Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff|
|Basis||The life of Donna Summer|
|Premiere||November 7, 2017: La Jolla Playhouse|
|Productions||2017 San Diego |
2020 São Paulo
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is a musical with book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff and music and lyrics Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Paul Jabara, and others, based on the life of Summer.
The La Jolla Playhouse presented the musical in a limited engagement from November 7 until December 24, 2017.
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 28, 2018 (previews), prior to an April 23, 2018 opening. The musical is directed by Des McAnuff, with scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis, and sound by Gareth Owen.
The musical closed on Broadway on December 30, 2018 after 289 performances.
A tour in North America started September 29, 2019. The tour started at the RBTL Auditorium in Rochester, New York. The cast will feature Dan’yelle Williamson (Diva Donna), Alex Hairston (Disco Donna), and Olivia Elease Hardy (Duckling Donna).
Broadway Licensing acquired the rights for all future stock and amateur performances.
The musical shows Donna Summer at three times of her life. Duckling Donna is in her pre-teens, starting out in Boston; Disco Donna, in her late teens and 20s, has her initial success; Diva Donna is in her 50s and at the top of her career.
Original Broadway production
|Character||La Jolla (2017)||Broadway (2018)||US Tour (2019)|
|Diva Donna/Mary Gaines||LaChanze|
|Disco Donna||Ariana DeBose||
|Duckling Donna/Mimi Sudano||Storm Lever||
Olivia Elease Hardy
|Giorgio Moroder||Mackenzie Bell||Kyli Rae|
|Young Dara/Amanda Sudano||Kimberly Dodson||Cameron Anika Hill|
|Adult Mary Ellen||Anissa Felix||DeQuina Moore|
|Brian/Detective||Drew Foster||Jay Garcia[a]|
|Maid/Michael[b]||Afra Hines||Candace J. Washington/Brittany Nicole Williams|
|Neil Bogart/Gunther||Aaron Krohn||John Gardiner|
|Pastor/Norm Brokaw[c]||Jenny Laroche||Sir Brock Warren/Tamrin Goldberg|
|Mary Ellen/Brooklyn Sudano||Wonu Ogunfowora||De'Ja Simone|
|Adult Dara||Christina Acosta Robinson||Crystal Sha'nae|
|Andrew Gaines||Ken Robinson||Erick Pinnick|
|Joyce Bogart||Jessica Rush||Trish Lindström|
|Pete Bellotte||Kaye Tuckerman||Jennifer Byrne|
|Bruce Sudano||Jared Zirilli||Steven Grant Douglas|
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|2018||Drama League Awards||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Distinguished Performance||Ariana DeBose||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical||LaChanze||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical||Ariana DeBose||Nominated|
- Also played Helmuth
- Role split in national tour
- Role split for national tour
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