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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical - 2017 - San Diego, CA (Regional) Tickets, News, Info & More

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.


Run Type:Limited Run
Market:San Diego, CA (Regional)
Previews: November 07, 2017
Closing:December 17, 2017

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 6, 2022
The cast has been announced for A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical which will begin preview performances Wednesday, November 2 ahead of a Sunday, December 4 opening night at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - Sep 22, 2022
The REV Theatre Company opens the final production of its 2022 season – Ain’t Misbehavin’. The show runs September 21st – October 11th at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. Check out all new photos here!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 21, 2022
The REV Theatre Company will open the final production of its 2022 season – Ain’t Misbehavin’. The show runs September 21st – October 11th at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, NY. Get a first look at photos here!
by Blair Ingenthron - Oct 29, 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. The company continues its partnership with Full Out Creative and will present the live-streamed lab to a live virtual audience from FOC's Studio. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2021
The non-Equity North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical returned to the road with official tour opening in Pittsburgh, PA at the Benedum Center (November 16-21, 2021). The tour will then visit more than 40 cities for the 2021-22 touring season.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 29, 2022
On Monday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m., Carnegie Hall presents Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration featuring Broadway stars Jessica Vosk alongside Andy Karl. Written by Robert Cary and Jonathan Tolins, and directed by Michael Arden with Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Get Happy celebrates the life and artistry of the legendary Judy Garland.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 29, 2021
Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere musical Kimberly Akimbo features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, based on the critically acclaimed play of the same name by David Lindsay-Abaire, choreography by Danny Mefford, and direction by Jessica Stone.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 22, 2021
You can now see production photos and video of A Sherlock Carol, a new holiday play, written and directed by Mark Shanahan (NPR’s Ghost Light Series), and opening tonight, Monday, November 22, 2021 for a limited holiday engagement at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street).  The final performance is Sunday, January 2, 2022. 
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.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 18, 2021
The North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will make its Wilmington premiere at The Playhouse on Rodney Square on December 4 & 5, for a two-matinee engagement. Tickets for SUMMER are on sale now and start at $30.
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.
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 17, 2021
The North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will make its Detroit premiere at the Fisher Theatre, March 8 – 20, 2022. Tickets start at $39 and will go on sale on Friday, November 26, 2021 online at and in person at the Fisher Theatre Box Office.
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!
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).
by - May 5, 2022
Today's top stories include our Tony Awards host, Ariana DeBose! Plus, watch the opening number from MJ the Musical, check out photos and clips from the Stephen Sondheim celebration performances, Sondheim's Old Friends, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 4, 2022
Summer is coming to West Palm Beach at last with SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical making its premiere engagement at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts May 20-26.
by Team BWW - May 4, 2022
The Tony Awards announced today that Academy Award winner and Tony Award nominee, Ariana DeBose (West Side Story, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical) will host the 75th Annual Tony Awards from the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 12, 2022 (8:00 – 11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00 – 8:00 PM, LIVE PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+. 
by BWW Staff - May 2, 2022
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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 17, 2022
Attendees of Family Equality’s Night at the Pier enjoyed a moving program produced by Academy Award winner,Bruce Cohen, which included show-stopping performances by 2022 Tony nominees Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop), the cast of SIX, Shoshana Bean (Mr. Saturday Night), and three-time Tony winner, Jason Robert Brown.
by Team BWW - May 14, 2022
Broadway's biggest night is back in a big way in 2022! The Tony Awards, Broadway's most beloved tradition, returns this June, honoring theater professionals for distinguished achievement in the 2021/2022 Broadway season. What can you expect this time around? We've got the scoop!
by Katie Laban - Mar 8, 2022
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical makes its Detroit premiere at the Fisher Theatre, March 8th-20th. “Summer is uplifting, emotional, thrilling, entertaining, and soulful,” Detroit Native Francisco Risso responded. Risso had so much more to share about the show and why Detroit theatre fans should come to see it – check it out!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2022
Catch Me If You Can begins performances tonight, March 4, at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. The musical features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman and based on the Dreamworks Motion Picture.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 31, 2022
The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts has partnered with the national tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical for their annual Adopt-A-School program. Each year, The Hanover Theatre partners with Worcester Public Schools to collaborate with schools administrators and teachers on a curriculum-based arts integration program.
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 24, 2022
And while that is one of the true musical highlights of Summer – The Donna Summer Musical, it also focuses attention on the fact that the musical itself – or, rather, its problematic book – often seems unable to figure out how to focus the spotlight on its heroine. Taking a non-linear pathway through the story of the diva’s life, Summer – The Donna Summer Musical is oftentimes confusing and sometimes perplexing, despite the fact that the musical score (attributed to Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and “others” in the playbill) is wonderfully entertaining and certain to unleash a flood of memories for audience members of a certain vintage.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 23, 2022
Miller Auditorium has announced that due to unforeseen circumstances, the run of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical is being cancelled. Ticket holders will automatically be refunded the cost of their tickets in the coming days. 
by Stefani Chudnow - Mar 11, 2022
Looking for some 'hot stuff'? From now until March 20th, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is playing at Detroit's Fisher Theatre. Summer played on Broadway throughout 2018 and later toured North America in 2019.
by Marissa Tomeo - Jun 4, 2022
Young love and secrets, set against the backdrop of the enchanting city of Florence, Italy, takes center stage at California Center for the Arts, Escondido with the multi-award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza from June 17-25 in the Center Theater. Produced by CCAE Theatricals, with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. Kari Hayter will direct. Tickets are available online at
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 19, 2022
Young love and secrets, set against the backdrop of the enchanting city of Florence, Italy, takes center stage at California Center for the Arts, Escondido with the multi-award-winning musical The Light in the Piazza from June 17-25 in the Center Theater. Get a first look at photos!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 25, 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line has announced the cast of its highly-anticipated headlining show, 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,' premiering aboard the all-new Norwegian Prima this August. Beloved 'American Idol' season two finalist, Kimberley Locke, takes on her first theater project at sea and will star in the breakout role of Diva Donna.
by Michael Major - Jan 17, 2022
The episode included nods to West Side Story and the Sound of Music, with DeBose appearing alongside Saturday Night Live's cast members, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thomson, Chris Redd, and more. Bleachers served as musical guest in the new episode. Check out photos from the episode below!
by - Jan 17, 2022
Today's top stories include yesterday's closing of four Broadway productions, including Flying Over Sunset, Clyde's, Ain't Too Proud, and To Kill a Mockingbird, the latter of which is set to return later this year. Plus, this weekend, Ariana DeBose hosted Saturday Night Live. Check out clips from her appearance below, including a medley from West Side Story, and a parody of The Sound of Music.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jan 13, 2022
At Straz Center through January 16 is a tribute to a beloved icon of music, Donna Summer. DONNA: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL examines the singer's life, how she broke barriers to perform her own music. The score features over 20 classic hits, including 'Bad Girls,' 'Love to Love You Baby,' and 'Hot Stuff.'
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 13, 2022
Summer is coming to Baltimore this winter with SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, making its premiere engagement at the historic Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center February 15-20, 2022 for eight performances. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at
by Drew Eberhard - Jan 12, 2022
Over the past several years, one thing is for certain Broadway audiences and Regional audiences alike come out in droves to witness, experience, dance, and sing along with well known songs that have defined music across many generations. With shows like Ain’t too Proud: Life and Times of the Temptations, and MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical, Broadway is no stranger to this type of tale. Tuesday night was no exception as the doors of Morsani Hall at the Straz Center burst at the seams with only the glitz and glamour that the Queen of Disco could bring to the party. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is a jam-packed 115 minute spectacle of grandeur. The talent here is absolutely no joke and is full of all the Donna Summer songs we have come to know and love.
by Bruce Glikas - Dec 9, 2021
Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere musical Kimberly Akimbo opened just last night  for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 26th, 2021, Off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). The new musical features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tony Award-winner Jeanine Tesori, based on the critically acclaimed play of the same name by David Lindsay-Abaire, choreography by Danny Mefford, and direction by Jessica Stone
by - Dec 29, 2021
Special Offer - Summer: The Donna Summer Musical coming to the Charleston Gaillard Center February 7, 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 23, 2021
​​​​​​​ The Ordway is heating up the winter with 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,' on stage Dec. 28 - Jan. 2 at the downtown Saint Paul venue. The new touring production tells the astonishing story of singer, songwriter and 'Queen of Disco' Donna Summer. This will be the musical's Minnesota premiere.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 23, 2021
The three actresses that share the role of musical icon Donna Summer are Brittny Smith as “Diva Donna,” Charis Gullage as “Disco Donna” and Amahri Edwards-Jones as “Duckling Donna.”
by - Dec 16, 2021
Special Offer - SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL at the Ordway | Dec 28-Jan 2
by Stephi Wild - Aug 5, 2022
The Lexington Theatre Company brings Broadway and Rising Stars to the stage.  Chicago will be led by Kristin Yancy (The Cher Show, Summer:  The Donna Summer Musical) as Roxie, Lexington's own Haley Fish (Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Cats, The Music Man) as Velma, and J. Daughtry (Ain't Too Proud, The Color Purple, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Billy Flynn. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2022
The Lexington Theatre Company is bringing Broadway and Rising Stars to the stage. Chicago will play the Lexington Opera House, August 4-7. Get a first look at the production here!
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 26, 2022
MISCELLANEA— a dance party that uses light to cycle through four different color “moods,” and features live performances to set the tone in each. The night flows in and out of dance and music performances and DJ’d sets— but even the traditional dance party format is dotted with micro interactive moments. See photos from the production.
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 26, 2022
Duluth Playhouse opens their new season with the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE, running September 16 - Oct 2, 2022 at the NorShor Theatre. See photos from the production.
by Stephi Wild - Aug 17, 2022
Leg Up On Life's six NIGHT OF LIFE Benefiting The Trevor Project is taking to the HK Hall stage! This one-night-only arts performance party, happening Monday, August 22 begins at 7:30PM. Doors open at 7PM This year's party is co-hosted by actor and dancer Daniel Gold (Miss Saigon and Disney's Beauty and the Beast National tours) and iconic New York drag queen Neon Calypso ('Nightgowns')
by Stephi Wild - Apr 6, 2022
Following the joy and excitement of Escape to Margaritaville, CATS and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, The Hanover Theatre will keep the celebrations going with the remaining four shows in its 21-22 Broadway season!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 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.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022
The North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will make its Dallas premiere at the Winspear Opera House April 26-May 1.
by Michael Major - Apr 16, 2022
It's a guide to the Wicked movie. The hit Broadway musical Wicked is officially coming to the big screen! BroadwayWorld collected all the information we could about the upcoming film - including who's starring, what roles haven't yet been cast, and what will change from stage to screen.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2022
The American Theatre Guild will present the North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical. This production is part of the BROADWAY IS BACK IN THOUSAND OAKS SERIES and will take the Bank of America Performing Arts Center stage May 12–15, 2022.
by Michael Major - Apr 13, 2022
Ariana DeBose has been announced to executive produce and star in Two and Only, a new romantic comedy written by Jen Rivas-DeLoose. The new film is being produced as a star vehicle for DeBose, described as 'My Best Friend’s Wedding with a bisexual Latinx POV.'

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