Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (NYC)
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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (NYC)

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (NYC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(583 Ratings)
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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."

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Show-Score Member Reviews (583)

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58 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Resonant

See it if you like true stories and like disco!

Don't see it if you don’t want to know sensitive details of a celebrity or you’d rather a totally light hearted show

95 Reviews | 47 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever, Profound

See it if you can name 1 Donna Summer song! Wonderful female cast, costumes & storytelling. Can't believe it took me so long to see it. I was SO moved

Don't see it if you dislike biographical musicals? Though it moves quick, it's a bit sentimental. Read more

67 Reviews | 20 Followers
Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if If you enjoyed the Disco era, then this show is for you.

Don't see it if If you are looking for great theater, this isn't it. If you are looking for a wonderfully fun experience, then this IS IT!

65 Reviews | 8 Followers
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Relevant

See it if if you love the 80's and Donna Summer

Don't see it if you were not a fan of 80's music

52 Reviews | 8 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you loved Donna Summers and want to see a beautifully sung/danced and staged musical about her life. Just go!

Don't see it if Don't like musical biopics or disco.

62 Reviews | 11 Followers
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

155 Reviews | 23 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you enjoy wonderful biographical musicals.

Don't see it if you always look for something bad, because everything is great.

82 Reviews | 25 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You grew up in the 70's and enjoyed the Disco era. The singing was terrific and the storyline interesting.

Don't see it if You do not like a show about a celebrity's life and do not appreciate the music of the 70's then you probably won't like this musical.

Critic Reviews (49)

The New York Times
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’t they do any better than this?...The show over all skitters away from almost everything even slightly awkward or troubling — and thus interesting — about Ms. Summer’s life and career."
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Time Out New York
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 is raised by the bizarre background presence of a nearly all-female ensemble which spends much of the show in boxy drag-king suits and clumpy short wigs."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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, 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."
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The Wall Street Journal
May 6th, 2018

"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."
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April 23rd, 2018

"As unimaginative as its title...Cooks up some excitement during the musical performances of hits, but mostly the songs come off as well-delivered covers, evoking little of the subversive, decadent ecstasy of the Studio 54 era...The book’s shallow treatment of even the most serious events – is one-upped by the distraction of having many of the minor (and a few not so minor) male characters played by the female chorus ensemble, in campy, sketch-comedy drag."
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New York Daily News
April 23rd, 2018

"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."
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April 24th, 2018

"A narrow-minded jukebox musical that views its titular heroine in a vacuum. The great songs are pretty much all here...LaChanze is here, too, and in glorious voice, along with a thin biographical book that hardly does justice to Summer's life or her music...Despite some good songs and uplifting vocals from her backup singers, LaChanze is pressed to carry the whole show on her back...Laughs are few and far between...The song lyrics, not the spoken dialogue, are what matter in this show."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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-empowerment message down your throat...More like a 'Saturday Night Live' parody of a jukebox musical...The hack-job direction is matched by Sergio Trujillo's bland choreography."
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