Already closed | 1h 45m | Midtown W

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (NYC)

From 543 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging

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." More…

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").

1h 45m | Already closed | Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (543)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Disappointing, Great staging
76
Avg Score

83
Fun!, Entertaining, Great singing, Great music

See it if you like Donna Summer and want to know a bit more about her. Great talent! Fun!

Don't see it if you want a lavish polished production. This is for joyful entertainment, not thought-provoking "art".

35
Excruciating, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing, Awful!

See it if You like Lifetime movies that gloss over all facts that ever show the star in any kind of unflattering way. See this for the pretty lights.

Don't see it if You want to hear Summers music or see her story. Both are butchered. Bits of songs poorly strung together to make up an unbearable story.

79
Fun, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if You want to see DeBose and LaChanze completely crush it. Not much of a story, but fun nonetheless. Embrace the audience fever.

Don't see it if You don’t like Donna Summer or are expecting a moving experience.

70
Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if Very good singing and staging. The queen of discos songs are very good.

Don't see it if Should have had one plot and stayed with it. Show was all over the place.

73
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great singing, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if Summer's life packaged as musical bio-drama - earnest, slick, quirky & glossy 'Jersey Boys' McAnuff & Trujillo give it the razzle-dazzle

Don't see it if The disco bells & whistles (not to mention music hits) can't hide lack of substance/depth of story The 3 "donnas" work hard for their money

73
Got the audience on its feet: better than typical bio-pic juke box musical

See it if good renditions of Summer's hits by 3 different actresses playing young, adult, diva Summer; flashes of wit; dynamic dancing; slick set

Don't see it if biopic predictable/romanticized; Summer celebrated as key women's rts advocate/please!; singing not close 2 Summer in her prime; who is?

80
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Music that makes you move

See it if you enjoy the disco music era and this diva - it's her biographical story, the good and the bad, and her music. Great cast and non-stop fun.

Don't see it if you don't like disco and are not interested in her biography. You don't enjoy entertainment that let's you escape to a previous time.

89
Great singing, Entertaining, Great music, Funny

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

68
Great singing, Fluffy, Entertaining, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if A '70s revue, rather than pure jukebox, w/ projections. Three Donnas as three seasons of Summer. Across the street, you'll find "Hamilton."

Don't see it if Dim all the lights and snooooze. You lose. Bad, girls. How can Donna Summer and her vast catalogue be boring? Wait for "Cher Show" instead.

81
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Banal, Delightful

See it if you liked Donna Summer, this show is a must. Her songs are used to tell her life story. Singing and staging great.

Don't see it if you did not like Donna Summers or disco music or you like a musical with a plot.

Also Don't sit too close to the stage. You need to sit further back in the ... Read more Read less

80
Great singing, Entertaining, Disappointing

See it if You are a Donna Summer fan and would like to see a portrayal of some events during her life.

Don't see it if You need more than about 3 or 4 really good songs to carry a musical, or you want fully developed characters and stories.

79
Better than i expected, Great choreo, Excellent sound, Annoying projected scene identifiers, Brilliant singers, dancers

See it if you loved disco, liked shows like Mama Mia,Jersey Boys.Plot is weak.Performances are very strong. Costumes were gorgeous.Sound was very good

Don't see it if you want an unvarnished look at her life.This show is meant to dazzle, & it does.Whether it is true to her life, who knows?Felt whitewashed

51
Check the box bio, Superficial, Cliched, Horrid singing. tony noms?, That 51 is 2x my real time score

See it if You love Donna Summer. Most of the cast is appealing. You dont mind none of 3 Summer actresses sound like her or each other. Tin ear helps

Don't see it if You value your ears. You want sets and costumes and spectacle. Very synthesized. Why mike them, run them thru the board, then scream?

Also I expected with the Tony noms and the subject for this to be spectacle... Read more Read less

72
Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Donna Summer fan, you like pop music and do not mind a musical that is more a concert than a musical.

Don't see it if you do not like pop music and are more interest in a good story than listening to music.

83
Amazing singing, Lackluster, skimpy, and unimaginative writing, Entertaining, Energizing, Tourist-friendly fare (and the tourists are out in droves)

See it if you're a fan of Donna Summer and her music, want to recapture the Studio 54 vibe, or looking for light and enjoyable “touristy” fare.

Don't see it if uninterested in disco or works that shoehorn flimsy stories into musical numbers; you get annoyed by audiences singing and dancing along.

Also More lukewarm than “Hot Stuff,” Summer: The Donna Summer Musical is ye... Read more Read less

40
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if You love donna summer's music because that is the only reason I went to see this musical.

Don't see it if you want to see a better plot like Beautiful the carol king musical.

Also This could have been so much better if they stick to one plot line and... Read more Read less

49
Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Fluffy

See it if No need to see it, even for die-hard fans one would be disappointed. Many in audience were NOT theater-goers and seemed to enjoy it though.

Don't see it if Feels like a bad/cheesy not-even-Vegas touring production. Terrible book, choreography, sets, lighting, and performances.

77
Love is in control (finger on the trigger)

See it if you are or ever were a fan of Donna Summer

Don't see it if the song titles Love To Love You Baby, MacArthur Park, On The Radio, She Works Hard For The Money and Last Dance mean nothing to your life.

Also I'm a huge LaChanze fan, but I would not have thought to cast her as D... Read more Read less

69
Entertaining, Great singing, Weak book, Disappointing

See it if You like the music of Donna Summer and want to hear it sung by three amazing divas! The Donnas were spectacular.

Don't see it if You aren't a Donna Summer fan or want a fully developed biography of her. This gave glimpses, but felt very disjointed.

Also If you like Donna Summer, it's worth seeing for the amazing performanc... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of Donna Summer's songs.The performances are great,but that doesn't overcome the flimsy plot development.

Don't see it if You are expecting a well developed biographical piece. There are glimpses into her life,but you don't really get a full picture.

69
Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you are a Donna Summer/disco fan or like biographical shows.

Don't see it if you don't like sparkle.

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

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

70
Disappointing, Great singing, Fluffy, Blingy

See it if if you're a Donna Summer fan. The singing was great but I didn't think it sounded like Donna Summer until the very last song

Don't see it if you're looking for a deep insight into Donna's life - it touches on a lot but only lightly.

78
Fun, High energy, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you go in not expecting more than it is. Great performances from LaChanze and Ariana DeBose. Mediocre book but nevertheless entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like Donna Summer's music or don't want to learn about her life. If you want something deep.

84
Great singing, Entertaining, Whirlwind

See it if Non stop rapid fire of her greatest hits with amazing vocals and great dancing. Gets you dancing in and out of your seat throughout the show

Don't see it if You want an in-depth bio pic. Don't know or like any of her songs.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40. Seat was center orchestra.... Read more Read less


April 23rd, 2018
"Despite the exciting vocalism of a cast led by the formidable LaChanze, it reduces the late Queen of Disco and pioneer of electronica to a few factoids and song samples that make her seem profoundly inconsequential...I found myself asking throughout the show’s intermission-less 100 minutes: Can’...
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April 23rd, 2018
"Three talented and blameless women play the late Donna Summer in a tacky, sub-Vegas jukebox biomusical...At its most watchable, the show plays like a barely dramatized adaptation of Summer’s Spotify and Wikipedia pages. But when it’s bad, it’s so, so bad...The general level of befuddled kitsch i...
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April 23rd, 2018
"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, fl...
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April 23rd, 2018
"A feebly dramatized Wikipedia page with lackluster covers...This dramaturgically inept show either short-changes or outright massacres Summer's music; undervalues her achievements...completely fails to contextualize her legacy; glosses over her massive gay fan base; and rams its female-empowerme...
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