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'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' World Premiere - Extended


  • WHEN Multiple dates from Nov 7 - Dec 24, 2017[days & times]
  • WHERE La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Dr., La Jolla, CA
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST $80 - $115

La Jolla Playhouse presents the world-premiere production of "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," a show that charts the life of Donna Summer from her modest Boston childhood to the undisputed Queen of Disco.

The show is led by three powerhouse actresses that represent the various phases of Summer's life. LaChanze is "Diva Donna," Ariana DeBose is "Disco Donna" and Storm Lever is "Duckling Donna."

The show features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff. It's directed by McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with musical supervision by Ron Melrose.

The musical runs at the Mandell Weiss Theatre from Nov. 7 through Dec. 24.

Special Events:

• Foodie Fridays: Nov. 10, 17, 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15; pre-show food trucks starting at 6 p.m.
• Sonic Saturdays: Nov. 11, 18, 25, 30; Dec. 2, 9, 16; pre-show, live band entertainment
• ACCESS Performance: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.
• Talkback Tuesdays: Nov. 14 and 28, following the 7:30 p.m. performance
• Insider Events: Wed, Nov.29 at 6:45 p.m.; Sat, Dec. 9 at
• Discovery Sunday: Dec. 10, following the 2 p.m. performance

For tickets and additional details call (858) 550-1010.

(Super) Short Review: This is a glitzy, glossy celebration of all things Donna Summer - from her music to her journey beyond the "Queen of Disco." The story feels neat and tidy, like a made-for-TV movie. But the singers portraying Summer through the various stages of her life are standouts. And you definitely need to see the high-tech production and the all-female ensemble cast.
- Nina Garin, KPBS/Arts Calendar Editor

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

A photo of Donna Summer by Francesco Scavullo. La Jolla P...

Above: A photo of Donna Summer by Francesco Scavullo. La Jolla Playhouse's "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" runs Nov. 7 through Dec. 17.


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