Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing, Delightful, Cliched

About the show

After an extended run in La Jolla, the new musical about the 70s disco queen hits Broadway with a score featuring more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff."

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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 supreme queen for every diva who followed. Directed by Tony Winner Des McAnuff ('Jersey Boys').



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85
BroadwayWorld

"You won't want to miss any of the sizzling vocals and terpsichorean joyfulness lighting up the Lunt-Fontanne. This is the smartest, slickest, most entertaining jukebox bio-musical to hit town since 'Jersey Boys'...The bulk of the singing and dancing responsibility goes to DeBose, who scorches the stage with her dynamic presence as Disco Donna...'Summer' is decidedly not an in-depth biography, but rather offers peeks of the artist's private life while focusing on performances of hits." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

"What 'Summer' does brilliantly is remind us why LaDonna Adrian Gaines was the Disco Queen...It may not have the most scintillating book, but that's not why anybody bought tickets...Nothing feels dated. Costumes are cheeky and fun...Choreography is fresh and exciting...Not only are the production values au courant, but the issues and themes are very relevant as well...LaChanze is simply unmatched vocally...DeBose was superb." Full Review

85
The Culture Mom

"Brought me to my feet...I was riveted by the music, the story, the performances, and memories of disco...The three actresses get that exactly right, each holding her own as they go song by song, through her spectacular recordings...I say go see it. Everyone around me was clapping, singing, and you could feel the energy from everyone who wanted to jump up in the room to start dancing." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"The joyful disco extravaganza shakes up the recipe just enough to remind us that there's more than one way to get flavor out of the Broadway biomusical. Having women as phenomenally talented as the three sharing the title role spices things up as well...The entire chorus of 'Summer' is composed of women...It's a clever theatrical move that cuts the self-seriousness with a little light-hearted camp." Full Review

80
Diandra Reviews it All

"'Summer' has so many reasons for its success. First, its book plays as an aspirational musical...DeBose as 'Disco Donna', LaChanze as 'Diva Donna,' and Lever as 'Duckling Donna' give the legend such a warm hopefulness that their varying looks become one in their singular, 'Summer' personality...The second reason for the show's success as a musical, is, of course, the music...A sappy, starry musical." Full Review

75
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Thanks to the swift, smart construction of 'Summer,' which neither overburdens its material nor overstays its welcome, it’s a pretty damn good time. 'Summer’s' book is sometimes predictable, sometimes sentimental, and every so often pushes unsubtly on its central image. But it’s also uptempo, fluently interwoven with the show’s songs, and often genuinely funny...Has its dips...All in all, though, 'Summer' does well at moving us through both the bright and dark spots in its hero’s life." Full Review

75
Entertainment Weekly

"Delivers the seasonal sunshine. It just doesn’t also bring a whole lotta depth...Of course, the music is terrific; Donna Summer isn’t the undisputed Queen of Disco for nothing. But this production lives or dies on the shoulders of its three Donnas — and they are incredible...Toe-tappingly familiar songs, stellar performances, shiny costumes, and a reminder of the impact of its subject on the music industry at large. It’s also a little thin on story." Full Review

75
Exeunt Magazine

“Full of the classic superstar struggles including loneliness, drug dependency and PR gaffes but the dark side is so coyly and politely tackled that this portrait remains resolutely superficial. Yet for all its narrative shortfalls, it’s a joyous, thrilling night out with excellent leads and an energetic ensemble cast, that will make you yearn to dance like no one is looking...The main complaint as the audience headed out was that not enough of her famous hits were included.” Full Review

70
Theatre's Leiter Side

“A determinedly energetic, if clichéd and formulaic, 100-minute tribute to the life of Donna Summer…Three faultless, exceptional performers play Donna Summer…Offers little that's new to the biographical juke box format…Not destined to be a classic, nor is it even in the class of something similar, like 'Jersey Boys'...Donna Summer's music may never have been intended for Broadway but, if you like her songs you're going to have a good time.” Full Review

70
Cabaret Scenes

"The hot stuff comes toward the end of 'Summer,' but, on the way, there’s some impressive vocal talent delivering 23 catchy dance faves...'Summer' disappoints with a clumsy skim-through book...Performing her story are three fine singers...Unfortunately, the story has glamour and religion, but no emotion. Choreography by Sergio Trujillo is vigorous, but not exceptional...The high point is the ebullient finale of 'Hot Stuff' and 'Last Dance,' with Howell Binkley’s pulsating strobe lights." Full Review

70
New York Stage Review

"You’ll forgive librettists Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and director Des McAnuff for their lamer lines and more awkward transitions, and be sucked into the sheer joy generated by a woman who still doesn’t get enough credit for repeatedly defying expectations, boundaries, and stereotypes...If there’s some hokum here, McAnuff smartly avoids getting mired in the darker aspects of Summer’s story; that approach wouldn’t suit the form." Full Review

70
Melinda's Malarky

"Has all the winning ingredients to be a mega-Broadway hit but it melts into a sticky icing flowing goo...There wasn't enough spark. The three incredible lead performers were sensational...The biopic musical...didn't work hard enough to move an audience to get up and dance except for the show-stopping finale...The show has a niche audience who'll come to hear their favorites heard on the radio and relive their glory days." Full Review

65
Chicago Tribune

"A valedictory experience, not an honest story, only tolerable for die-hard fans...Summer’s music is perfect for this treatment by Des McAnuff: her voice came with perfect pitch and a driving, irony-free intensity that was, in its disco moment, peerless...It is a cliche for critics to announce about musicals with less-than-distinguished books, and this is one such show with an especially egregious hole in Act 2, that the audience didn’t care...The audience did not just respond to the music, i... Full Review

65
Newsday

"Little more than a glorified concert...The timeline, from early days in recording studios, to abusive husbands and ministers, to bouts of depression and grave illness, is hard to follow, bouncing illogically over the years...What saves all this, of course, is the celebration of the music...Never mind that these songs sometimes show up without moving the story along...There are moments of pure emotion in the show." Full Review

65
New York Stage Review

"The performances are frequently electric, and the songs sound spectactular, but any attempt to learn something about Summer’s life, to understand what drove her, to gain a deeper era understanding of the disco era, comes and goes as quickly and lightly...Each episode is given equal weight...and thus nearly no weight at all...What’s oddest is that the musical is trying to tell a story or make a point at all. It clearly wants to be nothing more than a concert, and that’s when it’s at its best." Full Review

65
Fordham Observer

"You must resign yourself to the fact that this is a musical with little plot and no substance and when you inevitably must learn to sit giddily in the delusional comforts of a musical made for Donna’s sake and Donna’s sake only...It may look like a perfect installation of the vacancies and cringe-worthy clichés that plague jukebox musicals. Its design may seem to hinge on a few painfully repetitive gags...Yet, somehow by the end of the musical, I was on my feet, silly with laughter." Full Review

62
Front Mezz Junkies

"It works on a certain Times Square tourist attraction level, but as theatre, even as a jukebox musical, it fails to rise above the material. That being said, it is great to hear some of these golden songs again...LaChanze was absolutely the best and most exciting thing in this quick 100 minute musical, lazily directed by Des McAnuff...The book does little to flesh out the story of this young singer’s rise to fame beyond the obvious. It feels as generic as a Wikipedia read or an after school ... Full Review

60
The Wall Street Journal

"A comic book set to top-40 tunes...So vacuous that I was reduced to helpless giggling almost before I got settled...On the other hand, the band is hot, the sets are slick, Trujillo’s dances are super-smooth, and you get to spend pretty much the whole evening listening to and looking at LaChanze to which there is no downside. Best of all, 'Summer' runs for an hour and 40 minutes with no intermission, meaning that you’ll be out the door almost before you lose your patience—but not quite." Full Review

60
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"If you are after an in-depth look at the life of Donna Summer, you won’t get that in the sketchy book...But if you just want to hear a reprise of Donna Summer’s hits, you’ll get that big time via the superb voices of the three performers who play the disco star...The account of Summer’s turbulent life is shallow, with representative scenes dutifully interspersed...Perhaps the juke box musical genre isn’t the platform for deep exploration...It is the singing that counts." Full Review

60
NY1

“There's no shortage of vocal talent and that's the best thing I can say about the jukebox musical…The story of how the famed Queen of Disco ended up at the top of the charts is poorly told. But, fortunately, the music's the thing here, and on that front the show does not disappoint…The tunes that shot her to stardom in the '70s are thrillingly performed by a phenomenal trio of actresses…I would have loved to love this one, but despite some hot performances, ‘Summer’ was just lukewarm.” Full Review

60
Broadway Blog

"The men (how ironic) tasked with bringing your life to the stage have mostly missed the mark on curating the impactful touchpoints of your incredible journey, instead, including nearly every passing moment in a vertigo-inducing array of vignettes that overlap versions of yourself...While the creative team may have been stacked with men, they smartly cast a kick-ass ensemble of women who play men in an exciting twist of gender-bending. If only the musical’s book was as innovative. " Full Review

60
Theatre Reviews Limited

“A relatively respectable attempt to pay tribute to the music. This is achieved by the consummate performances of Lever, DeBose, and LaChanze...Singularly or together, they fuse their vocal virtuosity, conjure up the spirit and presence of the legendary songstress...Although McAnuff has put together a slick production, the streamlined biography that is provided by the inept book...reduces the proceedings to the level of an extravagant Las Vegas lounge act." Full Review

55
DC Theatre Scene

"It’s probably inaccurate to say that most theatergoers would be disappointed by 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical'; – because few would expect much in the first place from yet another commercial bio drama jukebox musical. That it falls short of its potential is only surprising because of the creative team behind it...'Summer' touches on any of this (if at all) — along with almost everything else about her life — as if checking off biographical nuggets culled from a Wikipedia entry." Full Review

55
New York Daily News

"It took three writers for the bummer of a script for this show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Fortunately, Summer's numerous dance-o-licious high-energy hits are still as contagious and irresistible as ever...The show actually gets off to a groovy start in every sense...But 'Summer' soon gives off a chill with its formulaic, finesse-free stream of trauma, triumph, tragedy — repeat...McAnuff's staging, meanwhile, is superslick but miscalibrated." Full Review

55
CurtainUp

"Another ho-hum biographical romp through a popular musician's catalogue...The two main Donnas and the less often on scene Little Duckling are terrific...Much of the dialogue is rather pedestrian. The libretto just doesn't hang together smoothly or clearly. Serious issues...are glossed over...Dance routines do get to be more than a little repetitive. That said 'Summer' does end on a rousing note with 'Hot Stuff' and the 'Last Dance' that nudged even me out of my seat." Full Review


100
Clever, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Get singing, gorgeous costumes, interesting story woven back and forth in time.

Don't see it if If you don't like disco music.

100
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you loved the 1980s and the disco era

Don't see it if you don't like disco and glitzy performances

100
Delightful, Must see, Great singing

See it if You want a front stage introduction to the life of Donna Summer. Amust see for disco and pop fans of the 70's and 80's.

Don't see it if If you don't like to dance.,

100
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you like Donna Summer

Don't see it if If u don’t like Donna Summer

99
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you like Donna Summers music and great actors portraying her

Don't see it if if you do not like Donna Summer

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Entertaining, Upbeat

See it if You enjoy musical theatre with fantastic music and lyrics. You appreciate celebrating the extraordinary Woman-Donna Summer-amazing story

Don't see it if you don’t like music

Also The cast was excellent. Singing and dancing joyful and nostalgic for a... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Entertaining, Great singing, Well presented, Innovatively told

See it if You enjoy fun, music, biographically based shows. Summer puts a spin on the jukebox musical by telling a story in a new way.

Don't see it if You don't like the jukebox type show, or if you don't like the music of Donna Summer.

95
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if If you love her music. Her story will move you more.

Don't see it if If you need an intermission

94
Delightful, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy great vocals, fantastic music, and especially Donna Summer's music. There's an addictive & energetic atmosphere about this show.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy Donna Summer's music.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're a fan of Donna Summer, good music/singing/dancing/costumes/staging

Don't see it if you're not patient enough to go through a slow beginning till it picks up in the middle and ends on a high

90
Absorbing, Must see, Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Donna Summer and her music

Don't see it if You are not a Donna Summer fan

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Elaborate staging, Must see for disco fans

See it if you grew up with the songs of Donna Summer or became a fan later. It's a great jukebox musical and her songs cleverly tell her life story

Don't see it if you're not a fan of disco music. Otherwise go and enjoy with the rest of the audience!

Also I was in high school when Last Dance came out so many of Donna Summer'... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Great costumes, Great singing

See it if Disco/Musicals and are interested in the musical career and life story of Donna Summer

Don't see it if If you don't like disco music

90
Entertaining, Fun, Great singing

See it if If you loved Donna Summer are interested in her story of her life, listen to her music,

Don't see it if Do not care for Donna Summer, or musicals.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to remember how much fun the Disco era was and the teriffic music of Summer. Great cast, talented singers and dancers.

Don't see it if you did not enjoy the music of the 70's, or juke box musicals, but then again, you might learn something new about this short lived era.

Also This is a very talented cast, three women playing the role of Summer a... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like to have fun; LaChanze and Ariana Debose were awesome as expected but Storm Lever is really a rare talent.

Don't see it if You want a more classical musical or do not like Donna Summer's music.

90
Entertaining, Fun, Great singing, Great dancing, Great costuming

See it if for LeChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever, great dancing, women playing male roles, Donna Summer and her music

Don't see it if you don't like jukebox musicals, don't like genderbent roles, dislike disco music, you want a linear plot or scenes containing abuse

Also Saw this on May 1st... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Entertaining, Great singing, Divalicious

See it if you ❤️ feel-good Disco era, 70s/80s radio, Diva-worship, woman-centric stories. Great performances by LaChanze, Ariana Debose, Storm Lever

Don't see it if you are looking for a movie-of-the-week "bio pic". This skirts through her childhood abuse & relationships, focuses on survival & the songs

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want a fun escape into a life story punctuated with disco diva performances that just make you want to sing and dance all day long!

Don't see it if You only believe critics - this is an all-out fun show with amazing vocals and cool dancing (and an almost all-female cast and orchestra)!

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, This has gotten tepid reviews but i had a great time and really enjoyed it.

See it if If you're a Donna Summer fan and remember that era, this should be on your must-see list.

Don't see it if You were part of the "Death to Disco" "Disco Sucks" crowd, this is not for you.

90
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you like shows like On Your feet, or self biographies. I was never emotionally attached, but thought was great singing and staging.

Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that you have to see over an over again. I enjoyed it and it was well done, but never got attached or said wow

Also I was expecting something different from all the reviews and was pleas... Read more Read less

90
Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You are a Donna Summer fan and loved her songs. Three very talented singers portray her and all are great singers.

Don't see it if You do not care for shows like "Beautiful" or Motown"--musicals about the lives of singers or if you not a Donna Summer fan

89
Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you love Donna Summer. You want to hear great singing. Lots of dancing. It is good entertainment. Classic.

Don't see it if you don't like Donna Summer music, if you like dramas without music.

Also A crowd pleaser, in a good way. Summer says it: I want to be the sound... Read more Read less

89
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you love Donna's songs and really want to get to know her a little more. Truly a great portrayal of Donna!

Don't see it if you don't like when people sing along in shows and are loud.

89
Funny, Entertaining, Great music, Great singing

See it if If you like make the music, tells alittle about her.

Don't see it if If you don't like the music.

Also I wasn't a big fan of disco, like some of her songs. Love the way they... Read more Read less


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