Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
MusicDonna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Paul Jabara, and others
LyricsDonna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Pete Bellotte, Paul Jabara, and others
BookColman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff
BasisThe life of Donna Summer
PremiereNovember 7, 2017: La Jolla Playhouse
Productions2018 Broadway

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 Donna Summer.

The musical made its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in November 2017 and opened on Broadway in April 2018.


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.[1] 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.[2]

The musical is scheduled to close on Broadway on December 30, 2018 after 289 performances. A tour in North America is planned, starting in September 2019.[3]

Broadway Licensing acquired the rights for all future stock and amateur performances.[4]

Musical numbers[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]


Character La Jolla (2017) Broadway (2018)
Giorgio Moroder Mackenzie Bell
Disco Donna Ariana DeBose
Dara/Amanda Sudano Kimberly Dodson
Adult Mary Ellen Anissa Felix
Brian/Detective Drew Foster
Ami/DJ Ari Groover
Maid/Michael Afra Hines
Neil Bogart/Gunther Aaron Krohn
Diva Donna/Mary Gaines LaChanze
Pastor/Norm Brokaw Jenny Laroche
Duckling Donna/Mimi Sudano Storm Lever
Mary Ellen/Brooklyn Sudano Wonu Ogunfowora
Bob/Helmuth Rebecca Riker
Adult Dara Christina Acosta Robinson
Andrew Gaines Ken Robinson
Joyce Bogart Jessica Rush
Pete Bellotte Kaye Tuckerman
Bruce Sudano Jared Zirilli

Awards and nominations[edit]

Original Broadway production[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2018 Drama League Awards[5] Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical Nominated
Distinguished Performance Ariana DeBose Nominated
LaChanze Nominated
Tony Awards[6]
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical LaChanze Nominated
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical Ariana DeBose Nominated


  1. ^ Chow, Andrew (December 19, 2017). "A Donna Summer Musical Heads to Broadway". New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Read Reviews for 'Summer: The Donna Summer' Musical on Broadway" Playbill, April 23, 2018
  3. ^ Hetrick, Adam. " 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' to Close on Broadway" Playbill, November 28, 2018
  4. ^ "Broadway Licensing". Broadway Licensing.
  5. ^ "Breaking: THE BAND'S VISIT, ANGELS IN AMERICA, MEAN GIRLS, FROZEN, And More Earn Drama League Nominations; See The Full List!". 2018-04-18. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  6. ^ "2018 Tony Award Nominations: SpongeBob SquarePants and Mean Girls Lead the Pack". Playbill. 2018-05-01.

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