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Naomi Campbell, Jimmy Fallon, and More Welcome Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever head the cast of this new musical on Broadway.

Ariana DeBose and the company of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical during their opening-night curtain call.
(© David Gordon)

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical discoed into Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre as it celebrated its April 23 opening night. The new musical stars Storm Lever, Ariana DeBose, and LaChanze.

LaChanze, DeBose, and Lever play Donna Summer at different ages in this bio-musical. The rest of the principal cast includes Aaron Krohn, Ken Robinson, and Jared Zirilli. The ensemble includes Angelica Beliard, Mackenzie Bell, Kaleigh Cronin, Kimberly Dodson, Anissa Felix, Drew Wildman Foster, Kendal Hartse, Afra Hines, Jenny Laroche, Wonu Ogunfowora, Rebecca Riker, Christina Acosta Robinson, Jessica Rush, and Harris M. Turner. Aurelia Michael and Jody Reynard are among the swings.


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.