Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

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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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 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 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 BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018
Birdland Theater was thrilled to present Ariana DeBose, one of the stars of Broadway's Summer: The Donna Summer Musical­­­, on Monday, November 5.
by Stephi Wild - Nov 29, 2018
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by BWW Special - Nov 29, 2018
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by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2018
SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will close on Broadway Sunday, December 30, 2018. A North American Tour will launch on September 30, 2019, playing dozens of cities across the US and Canada, including Los Angeles, Nashville, Rochester, Washington DC and West Palm Beach.
by Ben Cameron - Nov 23, 2018
There was no shortage of HOT STUFF when the cast of Summer, The Donna Summer Musical visited Broadway Sessions recently. The multi faceted cast, including Storm Lever, Afra Hines, Wonu Ogunfowora, Anissa Felix, Jody Reynard, Ken Robinson, Kristin Yancy, Judith Franklin, Aaron Krohn shared their favorite tunes that went way beyond disco. Audience members had the opportunity to learn choreography from the hit show and to interact with the cast. One audience member even dazzled the cast with a custom gown made entirely of Summer 'fans'! But that's just the sort of thing that happens at Broadway Sessions.Enjoy these highlights, including our magnificently talented Rising Stars Caitlin Gallogly and Sarah Goodman.
by Stage Tube - Nov 22, 2018
The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes will run through January 1, 2019 at Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes hit the Thanksgiving Day Parade to give a sneak peek at the new finale! 
by Stage Tube - Nov 22, 2018
The cast of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical brought their own 'Hot Stuff' to the NBC Thanksgiving Day Parade performing the iconic song from the musical. 
by TV News Desk - Nov 20, 2018
The 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® has added Kelly Clarkson, Grammy Award-winning artist and coach on NBC's “The Voice,” to its list of spectacular live performances on 34th Street.
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
by BWW Special - Nov 15, 2018
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by Charles Shubow - Nov 15, 2018
Talented cast knows how to some some laughs.
by Stage Tube - May 6, 2019
Apples and Oranges Studios, Judith Manocherian, and Streaming Musicals announce the release of their latest soundstage musical, No One Called Ahead, coming to your favorite device on June 13, 2019. Filmed as a hybrid between film and stage, No One Called Ahead  launches for streaming at
by Tracy Hopkins - May 15, 2019
Sergio Trujillo has been dazzling Broadway audiences with his fancy footwork for hit musicals like Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet! The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Musical and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. The Columbia-born choreographer's latest, Ain't Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations is another crowd-and-critics pleaser and has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, including a nod for Trujillo in the Best Choreography category.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2019
The Fabulous Fox Theatre brings the Best of Broadway to St. Louis with the announcement of the 2019-2020 U.S. Bank Broadway Series, including four new musicals that will make their St. Louis debuts. The seven-show season ticket package is headlined by pop culture phenomenon DEAR EVAN HANSEN. The season opens with the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, HELLO, DOLLY!. Get ready to dance into 2020 with SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, followed by the 2018 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, THE BAND'S VISIT. Embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination with Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. The memory lives again when CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular, comes to St. Louis in April and HAMILTON returns to close out the season for a limited five-week engagement! The season also features seven series specials that will include St. Louis' most "popular" musical WICKED.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2019
Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce its next season will feature the Pre-Broadway world premiere ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME, OSLO, MEAN GIRLS, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL and Disney's FROZEN. The off-season specials will include: AN EVENING WITH C.S. LEWIS STARRING DAVID PAYNE, IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Current subscribers can now renew by visiting or calling (312) 977-1717.
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 - Jun 11, 2019
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, is pleased to announce that 2019 Tony Award-winner Andre De Shields (Hadestown) will host their inaugural Rachel Crothers Leadership Award Luncheon to honor Donna Walker-Kuhne, on Thursday, June 27 from 12-3pm at Sardi's Restaurant (234 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036). The event will also feature a special performance by LaChanze (2006 Tony Award winner for The Color Purple; Summer: The Donna Summer Musical). Tickets: Members $95; Non-Members $125.00; VIP tickets $175 (includes journal ad); VIP table $1,700 (with a journal ad). For more information and to purchase tickets please visit
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019
DPAC has announced that the upcoming North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will premiere in the Triangle for eight great shows beginning February 25th through March 1st, 2020, as part of WRAL's Greatest Hits of Broadway.
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 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 SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will open the 2019-2020 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square with performances October 8 - 27, 2019.
by BWW Special - Jan 3, 2019
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by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019
Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta has announced its 2019/2020 season line-up, featuring the return of HAMILTON and joined by ten time Tony Award and 2019 Grammy Award winner THE BAND'S VISIT, ANASTASIA, MISS SAIGON, HELLO, DOLLY!, Roald Dahl's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL. Audience favorite, BLUE MAN GROUP, and the most popular show on Broadway, WICKED, are available as season options.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2019
Over an online broadcast of the annual Broadway Launch Party this evening, Playhouse Square unveiled the seven shows that will be featured in the highly-anticipated 2019-2020 KeyBank Broadway Series: SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, THE BAND'S VISIT, MEAN GIRLS, ANASTASIA, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, MY FAIR LADY and Disney's FROZEN.
by BWW Special - Dec 6, 2018
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by Marika O'Hara - Dec 6, 2018
Of the many traditions and events that occur during Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids' twice yearly collection periods, one of the sweetest and subtlest is the annual Carols For a Cure compilation album. The recent release marks the twentieth anniversary of the tradition, where the casts of a variety of currently running Broadway shows record a special holiday song to be included on the album. This years album the album includes ten bonus tracks of songs from previous Carols For a Cure albums as well as eighteen new songs from current Broadway casts. As with every Broadway Cares/Equity Fight Aids fundraiser, all proceeds from the sales of the album goes to the organization's charitable endeavors.
by Stephi Wild - Dec 31, 2018
Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Ring in the New Year with Aaron Tveit at Feinstein's/54 Below, and more!
by Stephi Wild - Dec 30, 2018
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical will close on Broadway today, December 30, 2018. Before the show has its last dance on Broadway, we're flashing back through its journey...
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Dec 28, 2018
BroadwayWorld is excited to continue our exclusive collaboration with Pets of Broadway! From the cats of choreographers, to the dogs of dancers, to the birds of belters and the many pets in between, Pets of Broadway shares the stories of your favorite Broadway stars' best friends! This week's Pets of Broadway introduces you to Freddy and Izzy, two cats rescued by Summer: The Donna Summer Musical's Tony nominee, Ariana Debose! Read below as Barks talks about her pup!
by Jeffrey Vizcaino - Dec 27, 2018
Go behind the scenes of Broadway's Summer: The Donna Summer Musical with Storm Lever, as she takes over the BroadwayWorld Instagram tomorrow, December 28th! Follow along as Lever takes you behind the scenes of her two-show day as Duckling Donna! Be sure to tune in!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2018
The holiday season is here at last, and in just days, the world will be spreading yuletide cheer by decking the halls, wrapping the gifts and sipping the eggnog. There are plenty of ways to join in the spirit, because for theatre fans, Broadway is everywhere this season... and BroadwayWorld has a complete guide of where to find it!
by BWW Special - Dec 20, 2018
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by BWW Special - Dec 13, 2018
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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 8, 2019
The upcoming North American Tour of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical announces touring engagements for the 2019-2020 season.