This spring, it is going to be summer on Broadway when the musical Summer: The Donna Summer Musical arrives at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Drawing from the song hits of the disco diva Donna Summer, the new musical will feature a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff. Songs are written by Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, Summer herself, as well others.
A developmental production of the new musical ends a twice-extended engagement at the La Jolla Playhouse on December 24, 2017. Des McAnuff serves as director for the production, with Sergio Trujillo providing the choreography. Ron Melrose will supervise the music. Scenic design for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will be by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is produced by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers.
According to the La Jolla Playhouse website, “This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom. Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.”
Summer will open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Preview performances begin March 28, 2018 and tickets will go on sale January 8, 2018 through Ticketmaster. Additional production details will be announced shortly.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com