Donna Summer


Donna Summer musical comes to Dallas

The story of the queen of disco is coming to a Dallas stage. 'Summer: The Donna Summer Musical' shows the singer's transformation from a young choir girl to a dance floor diva. Charis Gullage, who plays Disco Donna, tells Good Day viewers what to expect.

Hot Stuff with Donna Summer

LaDonna Gaines was born in Boston, MA. on December 31st, 1948. She showed an early interest in music and started singing in her church choir at the age of eight years old. Influenced by the counterculture of the 1960s, Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow. Since forming in 1966, the Crow had become a local sensation through its performances at the Psychedelic Supermarket, a venue where bands like Cream, the Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company made Boston tour stops. It was there that Janis Joplin made an indelible impression on the Crow’s lead singer, Donna Gaines. The Crow was singled out for its musical versatility, especially the ease by which the band’s frontwoman moved from one genre to the next. Donna Gaines later became known to the world as Donna Summer, The Queen of Disco, but her time in the Crow helped set a precedent in rock music. With a black female singer leading an interracial rock band, the Crow was a trailblazing forerunner.
The Ringer

Donna Summer Deserves

This is the sound of the end of the 1970s. It’s how Donna Summer sounds, it’s how she always sounded. Enchanted, dazzling, she kept us spellbound. All of Donna’s music is gospel-based rhythm and blues with Broadway bombast and soaring bravery. It takes big bravery to be a Black woman pop star, and Donna’s one of our biggest. We’re talking about Ms. Summer, and how American culture tried to kill the genre that she led like Lady Godiva.

'Hot Stuff': Theme filled Donna Summer musical keeps Hanover Theatre audience moving, grooving

WORCESTER — "SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical” grooved into The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts Thursday night and left the audience clapping, cheering, singing along and more … but is it a good musical? The answer is a resounding "absolutely," not perfect but coming very close, thanks mostly to a talented ensemble supported by a phenomenal multimedia backdrop that helped moved the story along seamlessly. ...
The Oakland Press

Donna Summer musical brings the party to Detroit’s Fisher Theatre

Donna Summer’s music certainly spent plenty of time coming out of jukeboxes — as well as radios — around the world, especially during the mid- and late-70s when she was the acknowledged Queen of Disco. So it’s appropriate that a jukebox musical would be the vehicle to tell her story on stage.

Monday’s Forgotten 45 is from Donna Summer

Today’s Forgotten 45 at 3:45 comes from an artist who absolutely owned the back half of the 70’s, Donna Summer with “Bad Girls”. It was on this date in 1980 that her Greatest Hits Vol I and II album was certified platinum, a double album filled with several monster hits by Donna including Hot Stuff, On the Radio, Last Dance, and Dim All the Lights.