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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - 2017 - San Diego, CA (Regional)

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer — the undisputed Queen of Disco. Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Who’s Tommy) directs this musical extravaganza, featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits and electric dance in a tribute to the voice of a generation.

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical San Diego, CA (Regional) Cast



 

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019
On Wednesday, September 18th, RBTL, Deputy Mayor James Smith, and Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo welcomed the cast of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical to Rochester ahead of the North American Tour Launch of SUMMER September 29 a?" October 5.
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 12, 2019
On Wednesday, September 11, the national tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical gave a preview performance, and met the press!
by TV - On the Road - Sep 12, 2019
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical is hitting the road!  The musical will kickoff  a national tour at RBTL's Auditorium Theater in Rochester, NY (October 1-6, 2019) prior to the official tour press opening at the Connor Palace in Cleveland, OH (October 8-27, 2019). A list of tour dates for the 2019-2020 season is below. Casting will be announced later.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2019
With the first phase of its much-anticipated expansion complete, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the country's youngest LORT B+ theatre, is opening its 2019/20 season with its first commission, a vibrant world premiere by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen.
by Colin Fleming-Stumpf - Oct 3, 2019
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League opens its 2019-2020 season with a glitzy, glamorous, and soulful look at the queen of the disco era, Donna Summer. 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical', which began its national tour in Rochester this week, isn't just for children of the 1970's, but for anyone who wants a more intimate look into the life and career of one of the music industry's most iconic figures.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2019
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is now on tour across America! SUMMER features a book by Tony Award® nominee Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others and is directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Tony Award® nominee Robert Brill, costumes by Tony Award® winner Paul Tazewell, lighting by Tony Award® winner Howell Binkley, sound by Tony Award® nominee Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis. This tour is produced by the Dodgers and Tommy Mottola.
by Review Roundups - Oct 22, 2019
Only Human is a new pop-rock musical starring Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning actor Gary Busey as God. Busey is joined by Mike Squillante, lead singer of the rock band Running Lights and Only Human's composer/lyricist, as 'Lou,' Kim Steele (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) as 'Maggie,' and Evan Maltby (roles with New York Musical Festival, Musicals Tonight, The Flea Theatre) as 'J.C.' The production also features Ben Bogen (Frozen, Jersey Boys national tour), Lili Thomas (The Hello Girls), and Charles West (The Scarlet Pimpernel).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2019
Single tickets for seven shows in the Fabulous Fox Theatre's 2019 a?" 2020 U.S. Bank Broadway Series will go on sale Monday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m.  Tickets will be available online at MetroTix.com, by phone at 314-534-1111 and in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office for the following shows: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL; JERSEY BOYS; RIVERDANCE 25th Anniversary Show; RENT; THE BAND'S VISIT; Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY; CATS.  
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2019
BroadwayWorld has a first look at SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical on Tour! Check out photos of the cast in action!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2019
The North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical celebrated its official tour press opening last night in Cleveland, OH at Playhouse Square, following technical rehearsals and tour kickoff performances at RBTL's Auditorium Theater in Rochester, NY. The musical plays in Cleveland through October 27 and will next travel to the Hollywood Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, CA for an engagement November 5-24. The three actresses that share the role of musical icon Donna Summer, Dan'yelle Williamson as a?oeDiva Donna,a?? Alex Hairston as a?oeDisco Donnaa?? and Olivia Elease Hardy as a?oeDuckling Donna,a?? were presented with bouquets of white roses during Curtain Call and met Mimi Dohler, Donna Summer's daughter.
by Don Grigware - Nov 8, 2019
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical/book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary & Des McAnuff/songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others/directed by Des McAnuff/choreography by Sergio Trujillo/music supervision by Ron Melrose/Hollywood Pantages Theatre/through November 24 The national tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical currently onstage at the Hollyqwood Pantages, is a feast for the eyes and ears for every Donna Summer fan. Born in 1948 LaDonna Adrian Gaines who eventually became the Queen of Disco used to skip high school classes in Boston Massachusetts and take the bus to New York to audition. She landed her first professional gig in the rock musical Hair and performed it in Munich where she created a sensation. Her hit song 'I Feel Love' brought her back to the US...and the rest is history.
by West of Broadway - Nov 19, 2019
In this episode of West of Broadway, Lara Scott talks with the Diva Donna herself, DAN'YELLE WILLIAMSON Currently starring in the national tour of Summer, The Donna Summer Musical. Now playing at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre until November 24th. Tickets available at HollywoodPantages.com.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2019
Tickets for four performances in the Peace Center's 2019-2020 Broadway series a?" Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, CATS and Jesus Christ Superstar a?" go on sale to the public next Friday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 1, 2019
Mix the talent from Patel Conservatory's local arts program chorale and musical theatre students' group Ovation, Opera Tampa's upcoming shows of a?oeCarmena?? and a?oeAida,a?? and guest performers from the Broadway of Mean Girls, Alladin, Jersey Boys, and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, with food trucks, chalk artists, a table-decorating contest, and pets and you have the makings for a fantastic Sunday afternoon.
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2020
For the health and safety of the community, the CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series engagement of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical has been rescheduled again and will now play at the Hippodrome February 9 - 14, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2020
The National Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will be closing due to the ongoing effects of COVID-19.
by Louis Train - Mar 13, 2020
I was born too late to enjoy disco, too early to quite understand what Billie Eilish is. Fortunately, good music knows no generation, and when a?oeEnough is Enougha?? comes on the playlist, I expect everyone from ages 8-80 to jump up and dance with me. And, indeed, we did dance at SUMMER: The Donna Summer musical, visiting Toronto now under the auspices of Mirvish at the Princess of Wales Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2020
La Jolla Playhouse's Fly is currently playing through March 29 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre! The cast features Storm Lever (Playhouse/Broadway productions of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical) as 'Wendy' and Lincoln Clauss (Bat Out of Hell) as 'Peter Pan.' They are joined by Eric Anderson as 'Hook,' Victor E. Chan as 'Boris,' Audrey Cymone as 'Slightly/Jane,' Jeremy Davis as 'Noodler,' Nick Eibler as 'Nibs,' Collin Jeffery at 'Curly,' Nehal Joshi as 'Smee,' Liisi LaFontaine as 'Crocodile,' Isabelle McCalla as 'Tink,' Sean Pope as 'Twins,' David Price as 'Skylights,' Daniel Quadrino as 'Toodles,' Daniel Stewart Sherman as 'Max,' along with ensemble members Hettie Barnhill, Dayna Jarae Dantzler, Victoria Fiore, Shonica Gooden, Amara Granderson, Masumi Iwai, Emily Grace Kersey, Kamille Upshaw and Naomi C. Walley; and Lillith Freund, Jimmy Larkin, Jake Millgard and Alexia Sky as Swings.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 4, 2020
Today's top stories: stars are speaking out against racism on Broadway, future Hairspray productions will need to be cast as written, and more.
by Jenny Laroche - Jun 3, 2020
Read a piece from Broadway veteran Jenny Laroche, who last appeared on stage as the Dance Captain of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jun 29, 2020
Today's episode features Tony-nominated actress Ariana DeBose! DeBose is known for her varying roles on stage as well as on screen. DeBose is perhaps best known for her role as a?oeDisco Donnaa?? in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
A comic tale of unlikely love and blood will unfold on the stage of New York's Signature Theatre, Monday, July 29, when the New York Musical Festival presents ALIVE! The ZOMBIE Musical. The one night only concert, featuring zombies, singing fairies, dancing oracles and magic portals, will be held at the 480 W. 42nd Street venue at 8 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2019
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and Flying Elephant Productions present TILL, the emotional and moving true story of Emmett and Mamie Till, with music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro. NJ Agwuna directs a cast of six, including Taylor A. Blackman (Regional: Fun Home, Mamma Mia, Hello Dolly, Ragtime), Tyla Collier (Off-Broadway: Sistas the Musical), Dwelvan David (1st national tours: Finding Neverland; The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), Judith Franklin (Broadway: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Denielle Marie Gray (NationalIntl. Touring: background singer for Patti Labelle & others) and Devin L. Roberts (Broadway: The Lion King, Cabin In The Sky). Five performances will be staged at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City from July 23-28, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2019
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce full casting for of the world premiere of the new musical Scotland, PA, featuring a book by Michael Mitnick, music & lyrics by Adam Gwon, directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 24, 2019
Today's top stories: New casting has been announced for Tina, two new cast members are set for Dear Evan Hansen, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) and Flying Elephant Productions present TILL, the emotional and moving true story of Emmett and Mamie Till, with music and lyrics by Leo Schwartz and book by Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2019
Additional casting has been announced for TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL on Broadway! Along with the previously announced Adrienne Warren in the title role, TINA will star Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton) as Ike, Dawnn Lewis (The Wiz) as Zelma, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina Turner (At Some Performances) (Broadway Debut), Myra Lucretia Taylor (Nine) as Gran Georgeanna, Steven Booth (School of Rock), Nick Rashad Burroughs (Kinky Boots), Gerald Caesar (A Bronx Tale), Holli' Conway (Broadway Debut), Kayla Davion (King Kong), Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Broadway Debut), Charlie Franklin (The Book of Mormon), Judith Franklin (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Matthew Griffin (Broadway Debut), Sheldon Henry (The Prom), David Jennings (Once On This Island), Ross Lekites (Frozen), Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting), Gloria Manning (Broadway Debut), Rob Marnell (Beautiful), Mehret Marsh (The Lion King), Jhardon DiShon Milton (A Bronx Tale), Destinee Rea (The Book of Mormon), Mars Rucker (Broadway Debut), Jessica Rush (Dear Evan Hansen), Allysa Shorte (Spongebob Squarepants), Carla Stewart (The Color Purple), Jayden Theophile (Broadw
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2019
The third show in the 2019 season is the Broadway At Music Circus premiere of the award-winning musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone, starring writeractorcomedian Bruce Vilanch and featuring a cast of Broadway veterans. The show runs Tuesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 14 at the Wells Fargo Pavilion in Sacramento.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2020
Press and Guide has reported that Broadway in Detroit is planning for a January reopening of shows, scheduling SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, Ain't Too Proud a?" The Life and Times of the Temptations and more for 2021. 
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2019
Tickets for the limited engagement of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at Playhouse Square will go on sale to the public Monday, July 29th, at the Playhouse Square ticket office (1519 Euclid Ave in downtown Cleveland), by calling 216.241.6000 or online at playhousesquare.org. SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will open the 2019-2020 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square with performances October 8 - 27, 2019.
by Nathaniel Jones - Jan 9, 2020
Astonishing is a word some would use to describe something amazing they witnessed. In most cases and with most shows this word would suffice. However, what I saw on December 7th, 2020 at ASU Gammage does not just surpass this simple word, it stamps it into the ground. SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical is beyond any praise I could write in here and by far the must-see of 2020.
by Tanya Seale - Jan 17, 2020
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical opens with a swell of music and a chorus full of sequined, big-haired glittered-up dancers who sure can sing. The costumes are dazzling. The strobe lights are electrifying. Everything is loud and large and pulsing and promising. a?oeYou like that modest opening?a?? Diva Donna (Dan'yelle Williamson, one of the three actors who plays Donna) asks the audience outright. a?oeWe just threw it together.a?? It's funny of course, because this is a big production, and nothing is farther from the truth. However...
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2020
ThreeTimesFast, a new musical by Teresa Lotz and Naomi Matlow, held industry readings on February 3rd and 4th, 2020 in New York City. ThreeTimesFast features music by Teresa Lotz, lyrics by Naomi Matlow, and book by Lotz and Matlow. The reading was directed by Michael Bello (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, We Are The Tigers), with music direction by Elizabeth Doran (Mean Girls) and dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska (Agent 355). Stage Management was by Helen Irene Muller, with casting by Kate Lumpkin Casting.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2020
Broadway in Detroit today announced that individual tickets for the Detroit premier of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical at the Fisher Theatre, June 9 a?" 21, will go on sale Sunday, February 16. 
by Chris Arneson - Feb 4, 2020
I've almost started to lose track of how many jukebox bio musicals have come out. To be honest, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical isn't one I've given a second thought to since it played Broadway. After seeing ita??I probably won't give it much more either.
by Nicole Ackman - Feb 26, 2020
DPAC has 'Unconditional Lovea' for Donna Summer this week as the National Tour of DONNA: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL is in town. The show uses classic hits of the disco queen like 'Love to Love You Baby' and 'Hot Stuff' to craft a 'concert of a lifetime.' Three women portray Donna at different periods of her life -- Duckling, Disco, and Diva -- to tell how she went from a young girl singing in church in Boston to a top creator of dance floor hits. The show is largely about the adversity that she faced throughout her career, a story that even those familiar with her music may not know.
by Nicole Ackman - Feb 22, 2020
Steven Grant Douglas plays Bruce Sudano in the SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, coming to DPAC February 25 through 29. SUMMER sheds light on the life of musical sensation Donna Summer using her classic hits that audiences know and love. Douglas has previously performed at DPAC with the national tour of GHOST THE MUSICAL and is an alum of the University of Minnesota Duluth.
by Rachel Weinberg - Feb 14, 2020
While Donna Summer may be 'Hot Stuff' when it comes to iconic songwriting and singing, SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL is a lukewarm entry in the genre of biographical jukebox musicals. The musical features many of Donna Summer's notable hits-and this national touring cast has the talent to take them all on-but the storyline gave me whiplash. With a book by Colman Domingo and Robert Cary and direction from Des McAnuff, SUMMER careens between the major events of Donna Summer's life at an often breakneck pace.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2019
Full casting has been announced for the North American Tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The three actresses who will play the role of musical icon Donna Summer will be Dan'yelle Williamson as 'Diva Donna,' Alex Hairston as 'Disco Donna' and Olivia Elease Hardy as 'Duckling Donna.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
Full casting has been announced for the North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. The three actresses who will play the role of musical icon Donna Summer will be Dan'yelle Williamson as a?oeDiva Donna,a?? Alex Hairston as a?oeDisco Donnaa?? and Olivia Elease Hardy as a?oeDuckling Donna.a?? SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will make its Baltimore premiere at The Hippodrome Theatre for one week from April 14 a?" 19. Beginning Friday, December 6, tickets will be available to purchase by visiting BaltimoreHippodrome.com, calling 800.982.ARTS or visiting the Hippodrome Theatre Box Office at the corner of Eutaw St and Baltimore St. For the most up-to-date pricing information, please visit Ticketmaster.com.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2019
Women of Color on Broadway is set to honor Tony Award-winners Melba Moore and LaChanze on February 10, 2020 at at The Great Hall in NYC.
by Stage Tube - Dec 20, 2019
The national tour of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, a moving tribute to the voice of a generation, is coming to the Golden Gate Theatre December 3 a?" 29, 2019. Go behind the scenes in the video!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
Full casting has been announced for the North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.  The three actresses who will play the role of musical icon Donna Summer will be Dan'yelle Williamson as a?oeDiva Donna,a?? Alex Hairston as a?oeDisco Donnaa?? and Olivia Elease Hardy as a?oeDuckling Donna.a?? SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will make its St. Louis premiere at the Fabulous Fox Theatre for two weeks January 15-26. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019
Broadway In Chicago has announced that tickets for SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL will go on sale on Friday, December 13.  SUMMER will play Broadway In Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 W. Randolph) for a limited two-week engagement February 12-23, 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
Over his four-decade career in the entertainment industry as a multi-award winning celebrity talent executive, producer, writer and occasional performer, Brian Edwards has worked with some of the biggest names in show business, not to mention some of the most beloved gay icons: Donna Summer, Joan Rivers, Cindy Crawford, Susan Sarandon, Melissa Rivers, Whoopi Goldberg, Farrah Fawcett, Shirley Jones, Naomi Judd, and Vanessa Williams, just to name a few. His debut book, published in late 2013 and titled, Enter Miss Thang, was an unabashedly honest and side-splitting memoir which became a national best seller and received several awards along the way, including top honors at The National Indie Excellence Awards, The International Book Awards and the IBPA Awards, ultimately becoming the most honored LGBT non-fiction book of 2014. Never one to let the party end, Edwards has just published his follow-up, which drops Labor Day Weekend, with even more insider tales, titled, I Might Have Been Queen (And Other Things I Didn't Mention Before).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2019
Full casting has been announced for the North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2019
Broadway's Reeve Carney (Hadestown, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) and Amy Spanger (Matilda, Elf) performed in the concert of the new musical Oswald on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 7.00pm at The Green Room 42.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2019
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League and Albert Nocciolino are proud to announce that SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will hold technical rehearsals and launch its National Tour in Rochester with performances September 29 - October 5, 2019.  Rochester audiences will be among the first to see this production direct from Broadway!
by TV News Desk - Aug 13, 2019
Deadline reports that Broadway's Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo have joined Jordan Peele's Candyman reboot. Nia DaCosta directs.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2020
The CareFirst® BlueCross BlueShield Hippodrome Broadway Series has announced that the engagement of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, originally scheduled to play April 14-19, 2020 at The Hippodrome Theatre, has been rescheduled for August 18-23, 2020.