Theater: Summer – The Donna Summer Musical

Opened: April 23, 2018

Book by: Colman Domingo, Robert Cary & Des McAnuff

Original Broadway Cast: LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, Storm Lever, Aaron Krohn, Ken Robinson, Jared Zirilli, Angelica Beliard, Mackenzie Bell, Kaleigh Cronin, Kimberly Dodson, Anissa Felix, Drew Wildman Foster, Kendal Hartse, Afra Hines, Jenny Laroche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Rebecca Riker, Christina Acosta Robinson, Jessica Rush & Harris M. Turner

Fondly remembered as the Queen of Disco, there was a time when Donna Summer was dominating the charts and forever changing the music industry.

Following her life from her Duckling Donna (Storm Lever), we see how Disco Donna (Ariana DeBose) made her way into the spotlight. She had troubles over the years breaking out of her sound and taking charge of her finances, but Diva Donna (LaChanze) never gave up and cemented her place in music history.

LaChanze acts more of a narrator throughout the show, so it’s DeBose who’s the breakout star cementing he place as a triple threat performer.

Throughout the show, the Donnas speak heavily on women’s rights and often garner large applauses from the audience when it comes to pay gaps.

Final say: Not the greatest bio musical, but you won’t stop singing. ★★★☆☆

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