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Broadway's Summer Will End This Winter

The Donna Summer Musical will play its final performance next month.

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.
(© Joan Marcus)

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will end its Broadway run on Sunday, December 30, after playing 27 previews and 289 regular performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

Summer features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, and others. Des McAnuff directs, with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, music supervision by Ron Melrose, scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen, and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever play Donna Summer at different ages in the bio-musical. The rest of the principal cast includes Aaron Krohn, Ken Robinson, and Jared Zirilli. The album includes 23 of Donna Summer's hits heard in the show, including "Love to Love You Baby," "MacArthur Park," "Heaven Knows," "On the Radio," and "Last Dance," among others.

Featured in the ensemble are Angelica Beliard, Mackenzie Bell, Kaleigh Cronin, Kimberly Dodson, Anissa Felix, Drew Wildman Foster, Afra Hines, Jenny Laroche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Rebecca Riker, Christina Acosta Robinson, Jessica Rush, Kaye Tuckerman, and Harris M. Turner. Swings include Judith Franklin, Aurelia Michael, Jody Reynard, and Kristin Yancy.

A North American tour will launch on September 30, 2019.