Why See Summer: The Donna Summer Musical?
Summer comes early
The incredible life and times of the Queen of Disco are the focus of this brand new musical from Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff. Undoubtedly one of the most recognized voices in the world, Summer reigned supreme in the 1970s, bringing disco to into the mainstream with her enormous talent for writing and performing. The show will follow her meteoric rise to stardom, with three actresses who'll cover each stage of her incomparable career from her childhood in Boston, her emergence in Germany and of course her domination of the charts. Expect to hear 20 of her greatest hits, including the electronic masterpiece 'I Feel Love', 'Love to Love You Baby' and 'Macarthur Park', among many others.
Born in Boston in 1948, Summer first found her voice in church before going on to front psychedelic rock band Crow. After joining the international tour of Hair the iconic counterculture musical, she made her home in Europe. Whilst there she met dance music songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellote, with whom she went on to create some of her most legendary and influential music. The rest, as they say, is Disco-try!
Opening night: 7 November 2017
Cast and Creative
LaChanze as Diva Donna
Ariana DeBose as Disco Donna
Storm Lever as Duckling Donna
Mackenzie Bell as Giorgio
Kimberly Dodson as Dara/Amanda
Anissa Felix as Adult Mary Ellen
Drew Foster as Brian
Ari Groover as Ami
Afra Hines as Maid/Michael
Aaron Krohn as Neil
Jenny Laroche as Pastor/Norm
Wonu Ogunfowora as Mary Ellen/Brooklyn
Rebecca Riker as Bob/Don
Christina Robinson as Adult Dara
Ken Robinson as Andrew Gaines
Jessica Rush as Joyce
Kaye Tuckerman as Pete
Jared Zirilli as Bruce Sudano
Aurelia Michael and Andra Caston as Swing
Directed by Emeritus Des McAnuff
Robert Brill as scenic designer
Paul Tazewell as costume designer
Howell Binkley as lighting designer
Gareth Owen as sound designer
Bill Brendle for orchestrations
Victoria Theodore as music director and conductor
Shirley Fishman as dramaturg
Andrew Neal as stage manager
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