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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse)

Across 30 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Overrated

About the show

This world-premiere musical charts the life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom. Directed by Tony winner Des McAnuff. More…

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise–and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls,” and “Hot Stuff,” this show is a tribute to the voice of a generation.

Member Reviews (30)


Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Overrated
Avg Score

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow, Indulgent

See it if You love disco! Incredible singing and an interesting story. Be prepared for weeks of listening to her music after seeing it.

Don't see it if You dislike Disco or Summers; have no room in your heart for sparkle.

Also I saw this during the La Jolla run and really enjoyed it. The book nee... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You like jukebox musicals and Donna Summer. It was good, but it didn’t do her justice.

Don't see it if You don’t like jukebox musicals or Donna Summer.

Great singing, Fun. enjoyable, great songing

See it if If you liked the disco era and the queen of disco you must see this show even though book leaves a lot to be desired

Don't see it if don't see it if disco music is not your thing

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Fun, Great dancing

See it if You want to see a jukebox musical that captures all the joy of pop music, but performed by a cast that belts out like Broadway divas.

Don't see it if You are expecting an award-winning book of a musical: yes, the story is thin, but the show still works!

Enchanting, Great singing, Relevant, Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you enjoy great singing

Don't see it if you expect a good story

Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if If you "like" Donna Summer you will LOVE THIS!!

Don't see it if DON'T LIKE DISCO!!

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you are a Donna Summer groupie and adore her music

Don't see it if you are interested in really getting to know her, or if you like theater with substance

Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you love the music of Donna Summer and are interested in her life story

Don't see it if you want a show with smooth scene transitions as I found this show a little dull despite the wonderful songs

Great acting, Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you love Donna summer music and want to see a shows that depicts the little known early parts of her life.

Don't see it if you not a disco fan and don't want to see another biographical musical.

Delightful, Great singing, Shiny, Fun, Masterful

See it if You're a fan of disco, Donna Summer, LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, or Jersey Boys.

Don't see it if You steer away from Jukebox Musicals.

Also This is a real party show - it's got a lot of substance as well, but t... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Confusing, The disco queen on broadway

See it if You remember the fabulous Donna Summer or if you want to be introduced to her music. The singing is terrific!

Don't see it if You are looking for a well written book.

Also The performance by LaChanze is worth the price of a discounted ticket.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Funny, Great writing

See it if If you enjoy listening to Donna Summer’s music and would also like to learn about her life, see this show!

Don't see it if If you don’t like concert type Broadway shows, or Donna Summer’s music, then don’t see this show.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Must see

See it if If you love Donna Summer's music, you will love the show.

Don't see it if You don't want to learn about Donna Summer

Cliched, Fluffy, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if if you like fluffy entertainment and enjoy the music of Donna Summer and appreciate modern casting/staging.

Don't see it if if you want to see a truly developed play with more depth to the characters involved. It felt overreaching.

Delightful, Overrated, Cliched

See it if You like Donna Summer and her music.

Don't see it if You wanted to hear Donna Summer herself singing. It's not her but the singers were ok.

Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You can get inexpensive seats

Don't see it if You have high expectations

Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You love Donna Summer and her music. It takes you back in time to the age if disco and reminds you of the powerhouse singer that she was.

Don't see it if Dont like disco music.

Overrated, Entertaining

See it if If your a big fan of Donna Summer

Don't see it if Although I was a fan of Donna Summer, I felt that there wasn’t too much going on in the play.

Dated, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if Show had some entertainment to it songs were familiar and fun to sing to

Don't see it if Voices were good singers but didn’t thrill me .... I took my friend for her bday and she liked it but nothing about it thrilled me to recomm

Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if Delightful

Don't see it if N/a

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you love donna summer

Don't see it if you are not a fun of donna summer

Entertaining, Disappointing, Nowhere as good as the one and only donna summer, Familiar music, Always waiting for more

See it if You loved the disco era

Don't see it if You hate disco

Overrated, Indulgent, Good music, Entertaining, Mediocre acting

See it if You love Donna Summers music.

Don't see it if You are not a huge Donna Summers fan. It’s what makes the show

Great music., Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You live Donna Summer music and/or enjoy stories about how people made it big. Also if you are a woman who wants to feel empowered.

Don't see it if You don't like Donna Summer music. The crowd barely applauded until the very end and then they wouldn't stop the clapping and cheering🤷

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You would like to hear good songs and voices

Don't see it if If you don't like Donna Summer

November 20th, 2017
"Her catchy songs, turbulent life and billowing ball gowns are all rich source material, but this show moves almost too fast. While sprawling iconic lives can never quite be tidily summed up in such productions, a few too many milestones in Summer's career are missing here...Despite its missteps,...
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November 20th, 2017
"I don’t need this flimsy bio musical, and neither do you...The lack of playwriting imagination is startling...Certainly no shortage of danceable tunes. But the way the songs are cut up suggests that what works well on the dance floor isn’t necessarily effective onstage. The backstory of the musi...
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November 30th, 2017
"The lazy script and perfunctory direction fail to energize the production...The script...dances frantically from one plot point to another with the finesse of a runaway train. All three performers playing Donna strut with empowerment. They have outstanding pipes, and they capture Summer's essenc...
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December 10th, 2017
"A too familiar biographical sketch of an artist who overcame obstacles to achieve success and died too young. Along the way, there's some pretty cringe-worthy dialogue...The saving grace is that the show looks and sounds as exciting as an audience of fans would want...As director, Mr. McAnuff pa...
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