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BROADWAY: Donna Summer: The Musical Hopes For 2018 B’way Opening


Donna Summer’s husband Bruce Sudano has big Broadway plans as he prepares to launch his new stage show SUMMER at La Jolla Playhouse in November. The show, based on the life of his late wife, will feature all of the disco queen’s greatest hits, with hopes taking the show the Broadway in 2018.

According to WENN, the show, directed by Jersey Boys’ Des McAnuff, will chronicle Summer’s life story using not only her most famous songs, but also some obscure ones. Most importantly, Sudano told WENN that he hopes for it to inspire and encourage young girls.

He said, “It’s a lesson for people going through struggle and who stumble and make mistakes,” he adds. “It’s gonna give them hope to overcome and succeed and carry on with their lives. It’s not about imitating Donna –  Broadway World

No casting has yet to be announced, but it has been revealed that there will be a search for three Donnas’ to play the role portraying different segments of her career.

I for one, hope this production finally answers the enduring mystery of why someone left their cake out in the rain.




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4 thoughts on “BROADWAY: Donna Summer: The Musical Hopes For 2018 B’way Opening”

  1. After “Love to love you baby” set the sexual tone of disco, it was “Love Trilogy” that will always be my favorite, as I just started college and discovered underground clubs in NYC while dancing at the Gaiety Male Burlesque 1976. Tomorrow, May 17,is my Bday, which I share with Donna Summers’ last day on earth. I baked my birthday cake, and iced it listening to the 18 minute “MacArthur Park” suite. I wrote a book about my extended life in NYC clubs 1976 – 2004 “Homo GoGo Man: a fairytale about a boy who grew up in discoland.” for those who want a trip (on drugs) down disco memory lane.

  2. When I first read mention in Back2Stonewall’s Newsletter just over a year ago that Donna Summer’s widower was attempting to produce a Broadway musical about the iconic multiple personality diva who, while alive, I could waffle emotions from love to hate. I am not a theater fan (freebie’s to see original ‘Angels in America’ were an exception), and abhor musicals. But I love Disco. Especially long play heavily orchestrated epics. ‘Love Trilogy’ was the perfect follow-up to the debut of Donna Summer’s ‘Love to Love you Baby’. It was 1976, I was a freshman at Stony Brook University, stripping and hustling at the Gaiety Male Burlesque in Times Square while being mentored by street savvy co-workers on drugs and underground clubs. I always thought ‘Once Upon a Time’ would translate well into a rock opera. ‘I Feel Love’ is the only Disco song to make Billboard’s top 100 records of ALL TIME! I loved my early Donna Summer. I even hung a banner over the forgettable judge’s name plaque my dorm was historically named for with ‘Donna Summer College’,with no flack from my disco curious co-eds at Stony Brook. Within a few years, I fell out of favor for young daring Donna trusting her mentor Giorgio Moroder, to follow his lead. “I Remember Yesterday” was a confusing mess. And then the Jet Magazine interview revealing her true feelings for her loyal gay fans. Last year, when I read the piece on her husband’s attempt to produce a musical tribute to his deceased wife who was in the category of Evita Perrone as dear and demonic, I thought it was a sweet gesture, but who would finance a musical featuring Disco that Broadway has never been kind to. I wrote my original thoughts on the project May16, 2017, motivated by the forever haunting memory that Donna Summer died on my birthday, May 17. I did not share my suspicion that her husband’s production would EVER come to fruition in last year’s blog, but left with a metaphor from “MacArthur’s Park”, leaving the cake out in the rain. One year later, and I am dumb struck and excited that not only did Mr.Summer’s pull it off, but cast 2 talented past Tony winners as the older Donnas, and my delight in hearing the young Donna, the one I loved, is nominated for a Tony, and she’s gay(?) It did not bomb as some would suspect; it’s a hit. I am happy to be wrong. I’ll skip the show, but I’ll give the soundtrack a listen. I wrote about my overextended obsession with dancing both recreationally&professionally from 1976-2004 in the best clubs in NYC,until I crashed&burned from the excesses of the lifestyle.Homo GoGo Man: a fairytale about a boy who grew up in discoland. Christopher Duquette xristo_pherre@hotmail.com 845 337 7048

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