Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
|Summer: The Donna Summer Musical|
|Basis||The life of Donna Summer|
|Premiere||November 7, 2017: La Jolla Playhouse|
|Productions||2017 San Diego |
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is a jukebox 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, sound by Gareth Owen, and was produced by Tommy Mottola and Thalía.
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.
|Character||La Jolla (2017)||Broadway (2018)||US Tour (2019)|
|Diva Donna / Mary Gaines||LaChanze||Dan'yelle Williamson|
|Disco Donna||Ariana DeBose||Alex Hairston|
|Duckling Donna / Mimi||Storm Lever||Olivia Elease Hardy|
|Giorgio Moroder||Mackenzie Bell||Kaleigh Cronin||Kyli Rae|
|Young Dara / Amanda||Kimberly Dodson||Cameron Anika Hill|
|Adult Mary Ellen||Anissa Felix||DeQuina Moore|
|Brian||Drew Foster||Jay Garcia[a]|
|Ami / DJ||Ari Groover||N/A||N/A|
|Maid / Michael[b]||Afra Hines||Brittany Nicole Williams/Candace J. Washington|
|Neil Bogart / Gunther/ Sommelier||Aaron Krohn||John Gardiner|
|Norm Brokaw[c]||Jenny Laroche||Tamrin Goldberg|
|Mary Ellen / Brooklyn||Wonu Ogunfowora||De'Ja Simone|
|Bob||Rebecca Riker||Brooke Lacy|
|Adult Dara||Christina Acosta Robinson||Crystal Sha'nae|
|Andrew Gaines / Doctor||Ken Robinson||Erick Pinnick|
|Joyce Bogart||Jessica Rush||Trish Lindström|
|Pete Bellotte||Kaye Tuckerman||Jennifer Byrne|
|Bruce Sudano||Jared Zirilli||Steven Grant Douglas|
|Pastor||Jenny Laroche||Harris M. Turner||Sir Brock Warren|
|Helmuth Sommer||Drew Foster||Drew Foster||Jay Garcia|
|Don Engel||Kaye Tuckerman||Kaye Tuckerman||Jennifer Byrne|
|David Geffen||Mackenzie Bell||Mackenzie Bell||Brooke Lacy|
|Detective||Drew Foster||Mackenzie Bell||Brooke Lacy|
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|
|Tony Awards||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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