BWW TV: This Cast is Hot Stuff! Go Inside Opening Night of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL!
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical opened on Broadway last night, Monday, April 23, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street. We're taking you inside the big night with the cast! Watch the video below!
The three actresses who play the role of musical icon Donna Summer are Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island) as "Diva Donna," Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale, Hamilton) as "Disco Donna" and Storm Lever (Freaky Friday) as "Duckling Donna."
The cast of SUMMER also includes Aaron Krohn (Cabaret) as "Neil Bogart," Ken Robinson (The Color Purple) as "Andrew Gaines," and Jared Zirilli(Lysistrata Jones) as "Bruce Sudano." The ensemble is comprised of Angelica Beliard (On Your Feet), Mackenzie Bell (Sunset Boulevard), Kaleigh Cronin (A Bronx Tale), Kimberly Dodson (Duress film), Anissa Felix (Sunset Boulevard), Drew Wildman Foster (Sunset Boulevard), Kendal Hartse (Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella), Afra Hines (Shuffle Along), Jenny Laroche ("Smash"), Wonu Ogunfowora (A Bronx Tale), Rebecca Riker (An American in Paris), Christina Acosta Robinson ("Dexter"), Jessica Rush (Jersey Boys) and Harris M. Turner (Mamma Mia!). Swings include Aurelia Michael (Legally Blonde), Jody Reynard (Chicago tour) and Kim Steele (Jerry SpringerThe Opera).
SUMMER features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others and is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.
SUMMER is produced by Tommy Mottola and the Dodgers. Co-Producers are Steven A. and Alexandra Cohen, Thalia Sodi, Courtney Sachs, Ollawood Productions, Lawrence S. Toppall, Rodney Rigby, Morris Goldfarb, James L. Nederlander, Universal Music Group, The John Gore Organization.
Tickets to SUMMER are available through www.Ticketmaster.com online or by phone at 877-250-2929 or in person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Group sales (of 12 or more) are available by calling 877-536-3437 or by email at email@example.com. A limited number of $40 rush tickets are available at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, beginning when the Box Office opens each day. There is a limit of two tickets per customer. Rush tickets can only be purchased the day of the performance. Tickets are non-transferable, subject to availability and may be partial view.
She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring 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.
A developmental production of the new musical recently played a twice-extended engagement at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Check out tracks from "Summer: The Original Hits"