Performances are now underway for the world premiere of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at Jolla Playhouse. Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple), Ariana DeBose (Hamilton), and Storm Lever (Freaky Friday) each play the disco icon at various stages in her life.
Directed by Jersey Boys Tony winner Des McAnuff, the bio musical has been a major box office draw since previews began November 7. With much of the run already sold out ahead of its November 19 opening night, La Jolla has just announced a second extension for Summer through December 24.
Told through the dramatic lens of Summer's final concert, the musical features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and McAnuff. The score includes more than 20 of the singer’s classic hits, including “Bad Girls,” “She Works Hard for the Money,” “Dim All the Lights,” “MacArthur Park,” “On the Radio,” and “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”
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Summer is choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Musical supervision is by Ron Melrose, and orchestrations are by Bill Brendle. Victoria Theodore serves as music director and conductor.
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