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Donna Summer

 
Date Of Birth:
December 31, 1948
Date Of Death:
May 17, 2012 (63)
Birth Place:
Brookline, MA, USA
Bio:
Donna Summer was born in Boston on New Year’s Eve, 1948. She embraced the core tenets of gospel as a young singer while cutting her teeth with a local rock band and in European musicals, developing an individual vocal élan that also married the best elements of Rock, R&B, and Disco. Her ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: December 31, 1948
Date of Death: May 17, 2012 (63)

Birth Place: Brookline, MA, USA

Bio:
Donna Summer was born in Boston on New Year’s Eve, 1948. She embraced the core tenets of gospel as a young singer while cutting her teeth with a local rock band and in European musicals, developing an individual vocal élan that also married the best elements of Rock, R&B, and Disco. Her ... (read complete bio)

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Donna Summer Biography

Donna Summer was born in Boston on New Year’s Eve, 1948. She embraced the core tenets of gospel as a young singer while cutting her teeth with a local rock band and in European musicals, developing an individual vocal élan that also married the best elements of Rock, R&B, and Disco.

Her signature style is on full display on The Original Hits in such iconic tracks as forever-seductive ‚ÄúLove To Love You Baby,‚ÄĚ the defiantly declarative ‚ÄúBad Girls,‚ÄĚ the MTV-era female-empowerment anthem ‚ÄúShe Works Hard For The Money,‚ÄĚ the fiery dance/rock mesh of ‚ÄúHot Stuff,‚ÄĚ and the urgent ballad-to-crescendo disco blend of ‚ÄúLast Dance.‚ÄĚ

Even though Summer sadly passed away in 2012, her cultural impact and sonic legacy carries ever onward, and she garnered a well-deserved posthumous induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.




Donna Summer News

Photos: Get a First Look at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Argyle Theatre Photo Photos: Get a First Look at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Argyle Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 18, 2022

Get a first look at The Argyle Theatre's Beauty and The Beast, directed by Evan Pappas, choreographed and co-directed by Debbie Roshe with musical direction by Jonathan Brenner. It will perform through January 1, 2023.

Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers & More to Star in THE HARDER THEY COME World Premi Photo Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers & More to Star in THE HARDER THEY COME World Premiere at The Public Theater
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 17, 2022

The Public Theater has announced casting for the world premiere of THE HARDER THEY COME, a musical adaptation of the classic Jamaican film produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone.

Photos: First Look at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Argyle Theatre Photo Photos: First Look at BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Argyle Theatre
by Stephi Wild - Nov 17, 2022

All new photos have been released from The Argyle Theatre's production of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, directed by Evan Pappas, choreographed and co-directed by Debbie Roshe with musical direction by Jonathan Brenner.

Original Musical MARIAN Starring Emilie Kouatchou & More to Have Additional Invite-On Photo Original Musical MARIAN Starring Emilie Kouatchou & More to Have Additional Invite-Only Readings This Week
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 16, 2022

Liquid Theatre Collective and Randy Donaldson, Executive Producer, will present two additional private, invitation only readings of MARIAN, an original musical based on the life of world-renowned contralto, Marian Anderson.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes to BBMann in February 2023 Photo MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Comes to BBMann in February 2023
by Stephi Wild - Nov 15, 2022

Million Dollar Quartet, the musical inspired by the electrifying true story will perform March 21-26, 2023 for a limited 1 week engagement. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 18 at 10AM and can be purchased online.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Argyle Theatr Photo Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at The Argyle Theatre
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Nov 13, 2022

The Argyle Theatre's Disney's Beauty and The Beast opened on Saturday, November 12th, and BroadwayWorld was there to capture the festivities. The production, directed by Evan Pappas, choreographed and co-directed by Debbie Roshe with musical direction by Jonathan Brenner, runs through January 1, 2023. Check out photos from the opening below!

Nathaniel Stampley, Lana Gordon & More Star In Musical Short Film STILL HERE Photo Nathaniel Stampley, Lana Gordon & More Star In Musical Short Film STILL HERE
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 10, 2022

MT Shorts, the award-winning creative production company behind 'Hey, Beautiful!' and 'High School Zoomiscal', has announced its next original musical short film, STILL HERE, starring Broadway's Nathaniel Stampley (Paradise Square, The Color Purple), Lana Gordon (Hadestown, CHICAGO) and featuring Nicholas Rodriguez (Company, Tarzan), Lance Roberts (The Music Man, My Fair Lady), Michelle Dawson (Spiderman, Mamma Mia), David Harris (Moulin Rouge, 3x Helpmann Award Nominee), and Natalie Roy (CBS's The Equalizer, Showtimes' The Affair), directed by Kaye Tuckerman (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Mamma Mia).

Mason Cummings, Katie Hardin & Matty Mahoski to be Featured in New York Theatre Barn' Photo Mason Cummings, Katie Hardin & Matty Mahoski to be Featured in New York Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 10, 2022

New York Theatre Barn will present its final Choreography Lab of 2022, the Open Lab, on Monday, November 14th, 2022 at 7 PM EDT. This lab will be a virtual hybrid presentation and will highlight three emerging choreographers creating movement at the intersection of theatre and film.

ELF THE MUSICAL National Tour is Coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in December Photo ELF THE MUSICAL National Tour is Coming to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in December
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 9, 2022

The 2022 Non-Equity national tour of ELF THE MUSICAL launched November 5 in Paducah, KY, and will visit twelve U.S. cities throughout the holiday season including a stop in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre December 20-24.

Michael Butler, Producer Of Broadway's Original HAIR, Passes Away At 95 Photo Michael Butler, Producer Of Broadway's Original HAIR, Passes Away At 95
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 8, 2022

Michael Butler, famed producer of the musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, passed peacefully November 7, 2022 at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, CA.  He was born November 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.

Donna Summer Videos

Video: First Look at AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at The REV Theatre Company Videoplay
Video: First Look at AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' at The REV Theatre Company

by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 23, 2022

The REV Theatre Company is now presenting its final production of its 2022 season - Ain't Misbehavin'. The show runs through October 11th at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. Get a first look at footage here!

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Talks Human Rights, the Oscars, and More on THE TONIGHT SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Talks Human Rights, the Oscars, and More on THE TONIGHT SHOW

by Stephi Wild - Jul 1, 2022

Ariana DeBose appeared on The Tonight Show last night, where she talked about the moving speech she delivered at the Oscars, what people can do to protect human rights in the United States and joining the cast of Westworld.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & M Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Krystina Alabado, KC Dela Cruz, Angelica Maria Beliard & More In Pre-Broadway KISS MY AZTEC! at Hartford Stage

by Stage Tube - Jun 20, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the East Coast Premiere of the hilarious Kiss My Aztec! An upbeat musical comedy, Kiss My Aztec! features a book by comedy legend John Leguizamo and acclaimed director Tony Taccone; music by Benjamin Velez; lyrics by David Kamp, Leguizamo and Velez; and choreography by Mayte Natalio.

VIDEO: First Look at the Newly Updated DIARY OF A WIMPY KID THE MUSICAL at Children's Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the Newly Updated DIARY OF A WIMPY KID THE MUSICAL at Children's Theatre Company

by Stage Tube - May 2, 2022

Children’s Theatre Company is presenting Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical, the smash hit production based on The New York Times best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and media franchise.

VIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT at La Jolla Playhouse Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT at La Jolla Playhouse

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2022

La Jolla Playhouse is presenting its world-premiere production of Bhangin' It: A Bangin' New Musical, featuring book by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, with additional music by Grammy Award nominee Deep Singh, running in the Mandell Weiss Theatre through April 17, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose's Oscar Acceptance Speech Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Ariana DeBose's Oscar Acceptance Speech

by Michael Major - Mar 27, 2022

Ariana DeBose has won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance as Anita in West Side Story. In addition to this award, DeBose recently won a BAFTA Award, Critics Choice Award, SAG Award, Golden Globe Award for her performance. Watch the complete acceptance speech now!

VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ariana DeBose Reunite in Conversation Videoplay
VIDEO: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ariana DeBose Reunite in Conversation

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 16, 2022

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Ariana DeBose discuss the first time they met during Bring Bring It On: The Musical, their recent projects including West Side Story, tick, tick...BOOM! and Encanto, plus more! 

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Accepts Critics Choice Award For WEST SIDE STORY Videoplay
VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Accepts Critics Choice Award For WEST SIDE STORY

by Stephi Wild - Mar 14, 2022

Last night, the Critics Choice Awards were held, celebrating the best in Television and Film. Ariana DeBose took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the recent film adaptation of West Side Story.

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Accepts Her SAG Award For WEST SIDE STORY Videoplay
VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Accepts Her SAG Award For WEST SIDE STORY

by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2022

The Screen Actors Guild Awards were held last night, Sunday, Feb. 27 at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, and aired on TNT and TBS. Among the winners for the evening were Broadway's own Ariana DeBose, who took home the award for Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture for her performance as Anita in West Side Story.

VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Discusses WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Nomination on THE VIEW Videoplay
VIDEO: Ariana DeBose Discusses WEST SIDE STORY Oscar Nomination on THE VIEW

by Michael Major - Feb 21, 2022

Ariana DeBose appeared on The View this morning to discuss her Oscar-nominated performance in West Side Story. DeBose also discusses the advice she received from Rita Moreno, hosting Saturday Night Live, and where she was when she found out she was nominated for an Oscar. Watch the new interview now!


Donna Summer Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Donna Summer written?
Donna Summer has written 1 shows including Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (Composer & Lyricist).