Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will launch its national tour September 29–October 5 with technical rehearsals and kickoff performances in Rochester, New York, at the RBTL Auditorium.
Before she takes disco hits around the country, Alex Hairston, who plays Disco Donna, stopped by the Playbill studio to sing “Hot Stuff.” Watch the video above and try not to dance to this disco classic.
The cast of the national tour of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical will feature Dan’yelle Williamson (Memphis, Rocky) as Diva Donna, Hairston as Disco Donna, and newcomer Olivia Elease Hardy as Duckling Donna. The three share the role of the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter at distinct points in her life and career.
The three will be joined by Steven Grant Douglas as Bruce Sudano, John Gardiner as Neil Bogart, and Erick Pinnick as Andrew Gaines. The ensemble features Jennifer Byrne, Jay Garcia, Tamrin Goldberg, Cameron Anika Hill, Brooke Lacy, Trish Lindström, Mara Lucas, Jo’Nathan Michael, DeQuina Moore, Kyli Rae, Crystal Sha’nae, De’Ja Simone, Sir Brock Warren, Candace J. Washington, Brittany Nicole Williams, and Jennifer Wolfe.
Summer features a book by Tony nominee Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Tony winner Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, and others. The musical is directed by McAnuff and choreographed by Tony winner Sergio Trujillo, with music supervision by Ron Melrose, scenic design by Tony nominee Robert Brill, costumes by Tony winner Paul Tazewell, lighting by Tony winner Howell Binkley, sound by Tony nominee Gareth Owen, and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.
The tour is produced by the Dodgers and Tommy Mottola.
Summer includes more than 20 of Summer's well-known hits, including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Hot Stuff,” and “MacArthur Park.” The production arrived on Broadway after a developmental world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017.
For additional information visit TheDonnaSummerMusical.com.