Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple), as well as Ariana DeBose (Hamilton), and Storm Lever (Freaky Friday), will each play Donna Summer at various stages in her life in the La Jolla Playhouse world premiere of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. As previously announced, performances will begin November 7.

La Chanze, DeBose, and Lever will play Diva Donna, Disco Donna and Duckling Donna, respectively, in the musical that incorporates hits from Summer’s career into a book written by Colman Domingo (Wild With Happy, The Scottsboro Boys), Robert Cary (Grease Live, A Christmas Story Live), and Summer director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Tommy).

“Led by three powerhouse actresses in the title role, the cast of this dazzling new musical is poised to give full, glorious voice to the story and music of Donna Summer,” said Tony-winning Artistic Director Christopher Ashley in a statement. [read more]

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