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  Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at Pantages Theatre

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood

She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed. With a score featuring more than 20 of SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMER MUSICAL's classic hits including "Love to Love You Baby," "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff," this electric experience is a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.

Thru - Nov 24, 2019

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 323-468-1770

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  Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...None of these cavils stopped me from standing up and cheering, with tears in my eyes, for "Last Dance." "Summer" does succeed in evoking the triumph of its subject's outsized talent and the poignancy of her loss, even though, heaven knows, it's not the way it could be."
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Margaret Gray

LA Daily News - Not Recommended

"...The one aspect of Summer we're consistently shown is defensiveness. An anti-gay comment the born-again Christian Summer reportedly made (she denied making it) gets an explanation. The handing over of her daughter's upbringing to grandma and grandpa gets the shortest of mentions. But how anything made Summer feel - divorce, fame, her own cancer diagnosis that took her life at age 63 - is painted over with a sparkly gloss."
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Dany Margolies

ArtsInLA - Recommended

"...Overall, this tour will likely be successful, as Summer is beloved and represents a period in music that breeds nostalgia. It provides no insights, though, and you leave with regret at the missed opportunities for capturing the heart and soul of a woman who made an impact on the industry."
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Melinda Schupmann

Haines His Way - Recommended

"...Sergio Trujillo's choreography is lively and really captures the 1970s disco scene. Director Des McAnuff, who created the crown jewel of jukebox musicals with Jersey Boys, keeps the show moving quickly through its 100 intermission-less minutes. He also knows how to build a show so the final two numbers-"Hot Stuff" and "Last Dance"-has the audience finally giving in and dancing in the aisles and at their seats. That is one sure way to guarantee a standing ovation for Summer The Donna Summer Musical."
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Rob Stevens

On Stage and Screen - Somewhat Recommended

"...Williamson, Hairston, and Hardy are all powerhouse vocalists with magnetic stage presence. The show makes a smart choice in having Williamson also play Donna's mother, Mary, while Hardy does double duty as Donna's eldest daughter, Mimi to emphasize the importance of family to Donna's story and strengthen the onstage relationship between the three actresses. The best bio-musicals combine the fun of the recognizable tunes with a thoughtful story that takes care in unpacking the life of the subject. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical leans a bit too heavily on the former, but the three central performances are deserving of much praise."
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Erin Conley

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