Summer

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. Spend the night in her electrifying universe.

Roles
6F, 3M
Musicians
7
Duration
115 Min

Music

Creators

Colman Domingo

Colman Domingo

Book A Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Drama League and NAACP nominated theater, television and film artist. His plays and musicals include Dot (Samuel French), Wild with Happy (Dramatist Play Service), A Boy and His Soul (Oberon Books),...

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Robert Cary

Robert Cary

Book As writer or lyricist: “Grease Live!” (Fox TV), “A Christmas Story Live” (Fox TV), SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), On The Town (Broadway, additional material), Inventing Avi...

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Des McAnuff

Des McAnuff

Book A two-time Tony Award-winning director and former Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival. He is also Director Emeritus of La Jolla Playhouse, where during his tenure as Artistic Director he staged over 35 productions of...

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Donna Summer

Donna Summer

Songs LaDonna Adrian Gaines, widely known by her stage name based on her married name Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award...

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Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder

Songs As the founder of disco and an electronic music trailblazer, Giorgio Moroder made his mark as an influential Italian producer, songwriter, performer and DJ. At 74 years old, Moroder still has his hands in the center of EDM culture,...

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Paul Jabara

Paul Jabara

Songs Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Producer, Film/TV/Musical Theatre Composer and Oscar winner, Paul Frederick Jabara, was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 31, 1948 He was the only son of Olga and Sam Jabara and was the youngest of...

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Videos

Instrumentation

7 Musicians

Conductor/Keyboard
Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3
Guitar
Bass
Percussion
Drums

Casting

Disco Donna
Female
Donna Summer in her late teens and 20s, riding the wave of her skyrocketing career from Boston to Germany, to the discotheques of Los Angeles and Manhattan. She is charismatic and strong as she navigates this world for the first time.

Adult Mary Ellen
Female
Much like her younger counterpart, she supports Donna when her sister needs her most.

Neil Bogart/Gunter
Male
A dual-cast role. As Neil: The head of Casablanca Records and Donna's mentor. Works hard and parties harder. Late 30s. As Gunther: Donna's German boyfriend. Handsome and charming, but with a darker edge. 30s.

Diva Donna/Mary Gaines
Female
Donna Summer in her 50s at the pinnacle of her career. She is warm and wise. She has lived a life and is our emcee for the evening. Also plays Mary Gaines, Donna's mother.

Duckling Donna/Mimi Sudano
Female
Donna Summer as a pre-teen, trying to find her voice amid a large Boston family. She has gumption, and yet is also fragile. Also plays Mimi, Donna's oldest daughter.

Adult Dara
Female
Compassionate. Helps Donna during one of her darkest times.

Andrew Gaines
Male
Donna's father. Ex-military. Has stern exterior but loves his children more than anything. 40s.

Joyce Bogart
Female
Neil Bogart's business-savvy wife. One of Donna's few friends in the industry.

Bruce Sudano
Male
Bass player for Brooklyn Dreams and Donna's eventual husband. Steadfast, supportive, bright and witty. Late 30s/early 40s.

Ensemble
Giorgio Moroder
Dara/Amanda Sudano
Brian/Detective
Bob/Helmuth
Maid/Michael
Pastor/Norm Brokaw
Mary Ellen/Brooklyn Sudano
Pete Bellotte

Credits

Book by
Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff

Songs by
Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, and others

“Bad Girls”
Joseph Esposito, Edward Hokenson, Bruce Sudano, Donna Summer – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP), Earborne Music (BMI), Rightsong Music, Inc. (BMI), Rick’s Music, Inc. (BMI)

“Dim All the Lights”
Donna Summer – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“Faster and Faster to Nowhere”
Peter Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Rightsong Music, Inc. (BMI), Rick’s Music, Inc. (BMI), Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“Friends Unknown”
Keith Diamond, Antony Smith, Vanessa Robbie Smith, Donna Summer – Sony/ATV Melody Music (BMI), Vangail Songs (BMI), Keith Diamond Music (ASCAP), Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“Heaven Knows”
Giorgio Moroder, Peter Bellotte, Donna Summer, Greg Mathieson – Rick’s Music, Inc. (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“Hot Stuff”
Peter Bellotte, Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey – WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

“I Believe in Jesus”
Donna Summer – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“No More Tears (Enough is Enough)”
Paul F. Jabara, Bruce Roberts – EMI Sosaha Music, Inc. (BMI) Olga Music (BMI), Reservoir Media Music (ASCAP)

“On My Honor”
Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano, Harold Faltermeyer – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP), Earborne Music (BMI), Rick’s Music, Inc. (BMI)

“On the Radio”
Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer – Warner Bros. Music Corps. (ASCAP), Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“Pandora’s Box”
Peter Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, Donna Summer – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. o/b/o itself and Rightsong Music, Inc (BMI), Rick’s Music, Inc. (BMI) Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP)

“She Works Hard for the Money”
Donna Summer, Michael Omartian – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP), Universal Music Corp. (ASCAP)

“Stamp Your Feet”
Donna Summer, Gregory Allen Kurstin, Danielle A Brisebois – EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI), Gator Baby (BMI)

“The Queen is Back”
Evan Kidd Bogart, Donna Summer, Jonathan Rotem – Here’s Lookin At You Kidd Music (BMI), Jonathan Rotem Music (BMI), Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP), Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

“To Turn the Stone”
Giorgio Moroder, Peter Bellotte – Jastian Music

“Unconditional Love”
Donna Summer, Michael Omartian – Sweet Summer Night Music (ASCAP), Universal MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP)

“White Boys (Black Boys)”
Galt MacDermot, James Rado, Gerome Ragni – EMI U Catalog, Inc. (ASCAP)