Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
|Summer: The Donna Summer Musical|
|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|
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 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 is scheduled to close on Broadway on December 30, 2018 after 289 performances. A tour in North America is planned, starting in September 2019.
Broadway Licensing acquired the rights for all future stock and amateur performances.
Original Broadway production
|Character||La Jolla (2017)||Broadway (2018)|
|Giorgio Moroder||Mackenzie Bell|
|Disco Donna||Ariana DeBose|
|Dara/Amanda Sudano||Kimberly Dodson|
|Adult Mary Ellen||Anissa Felix|
|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|
|Adult Dara||Christina Acosta Robinson|
|Andrew Gaines||Ken Robinson|
|Joyce Bogart||Jessica Rush|
|Pete Bellotte||Kaye Tuckerman|
|Bruce Sudano||Jared Zirilli|
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|
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