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[JAN 14] Happy Sunday all! So as you know, tickets for the Donna Summer Musical on Broadway are currently on sale. Tickets range in price from $48 to $149 and are available at Ticketmaster.  I personally will be there March 30.  :-) And speaking of the musical - there is a video fan review on YouTube.  Fair warning - the first half of the video is about the outfit she wore to the show so if fashion isn't your thing you will want to skip ahead a bit.  :-)

[JAN 14] In the land of remixes, there is a new EP out there featuring new mixes of Bad Girls (the Scandal and $wan$ mixes.) You can grab a copy on iTunes and Amazon.

[JAN 14] In cover news, Mystic Prophecy has released a new album called Monuments Uncovered. It's an album of covers which includes a cover of Hot Stuff. Now the band is a heavy metal act, so how you feel about the cover will depend on how you feel about that genre of music. You can hear clips on Amazon.com. To me, it's not bad but also I have to be really in the right mood to listen to metal. (The cover art though - that I can completely live without. )

[JAN 14] I think that brings us to YouTube. In honor of the heavy metal cover of Hot Stuff, let's look at Donna's rock and roll side.  :-) First up we have Cold Love live on the Tom Snyder show, the video for Fame (The Game), Romeo live from the Hot Summer Night concert, a fan video for Protection, and of course Hot Stuff live from the 1981 TV special.

[JAN 7] Happy 2018 everyone! May it be a happy and healthy one!  Of course it's a new month so it's time for a new Summer Fever Pick. This month we look back at A Love Trilogy.

[JAN 7] Tomorrow (Monday) is January 8 and you all probably remember what day that  is - the day the tickets go on sale for Summer: The Musical on Broadway! The show starts previews on March 28 and officially opens April 23.  Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster starting at 10 AM tomorrow. The price range is listed as $48 to $149. And can I just say that I LOVE that I have a reason to post Ticketmaster links again.

[JAN 7] Albumism.com posted an article to remember Donna on her birthday. And Vogue posted 5 New Year's Eve looks inspired by Donna.

[JAN 7] There is a new book by Quentin Harrison called Record Redux: Donna Summer (Volume 3). It is Donna's discography covered in detail  with synopsis and full color art for all of Donna's albums and singles. It's absolutely gorgeous! (Oh and I should explain the volume 3 thing - the other 2 volumes cover other artists. The book is available in paperback at Amazon.com. If you do the Facebook thing, you can follow the whole Record Redux series there. Oh and I should probably mention - the author is one of us - a fan!  :-)

[JAN 7] Bruce Sudano fans check out his performance of Let's Fly from Border Crossings on Facebook. And on YouTube check out Word Of Love - a performance improvised by Bruce and Randy Mitchell when Memphis morning TV asked him to perform a Christmas song. Oh and Paste Magazine included When Cinderella Dies in their Top 100 songs of 2017. Way to go Bruce!

[JAN 7] In some unusual Johnnyswim news... the duo is credited for inspiring a new life? Apparently Chip and Joanna Gaines of the TV show Fixer Upper attended a Johnnyswim concert a few months a go in Waco that ehy described as being very romantic. I guess the feeling of romance continued after the show with the result being that the Gaines family is expecting their 5th child. I guess  Johnnyswim concerts should come with a warning label now? "May cause pregnancy"?  LOL

[JAN 7] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Since we are in the middle of a nasty cold snap here, I think it's time to warm the place up. So of course we have to start with some Hot Stuff. Then we have A Hot Summer Night With Donna - the whole show! Then we have a little Spring Affair/ Summer Fever live, I'm A Fire live, and the infamous Donna Summer Gene Simmons duet of Burning Up With Fever (audio only).

[DEC 30] Happy almost New Year and Happy Day Before Donna's birthday! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  :-)  I have one request that I have made many times before - if you are doing out to celebrate the New Year tomorrow night, PLEASE - if you are drinking then don't drive and if you are driving then don't drink!  I want to see everybody safe and sound for 2018!  :-)

[DEC 30] Well of course we have to start with the musical.  Tommy Mottola and his wife Thalia were on the Today Show recently to promote another project of their, but the subject of the Donna Summer Musical did come up. Jump to about 3:10 to get to that part of the interview.

[DEC 30] Speaking of the musical, fan Jim F went to see the show in La Jolla recently and this about it: "The music, the story /acting, the music, the singing the performers were spectacular! When it was over I almost had the feeling like I used to have after seeing Donna in concert live..... her spirit lives on in this show, I say BRAVO to the cast for a job well done and a show well worth seeing! It really was a special time and also an emotional ( from tears to cheers) up and down ride that really made the show time pass by so quickly I wanted more more more!!!" Now, if you are like me, you read that last line and in your mind you heard the Live & More guys yelling "more more more".  :-) (I wonder if any of those guys are still around? And if they know how iconic their cheering became?)

[DEC 30] In the Donna is everywhere category, she was mentioned on ABC's Match Game the other night. One contestant (who is known for changing her hair a lot) said that her co-workers often call her Donna Summer. To which the host, Alec Baldwin, replied that he also  rocks the Donna Summer look often but with his chest hair. (of course that begs the question - WHICH Donna Summer look?  Ok wig fans - start imaging your favorite one on Alec's chest...   LOL)

[DEC 30] In honor of Donna's birthday tomorrow, let's revisit this 2012 blog post remembering Donna.

[DEC 30] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's do some clips that are in keeping with the holiday.  :-) We have Donna performing Could It Be Magic and Try Me on the 1976-77 Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve. We have a version Last Dance from 2004 - sorry I had to use the Nobel Peace Prize concert clip because I can't find video of her appearance on Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve that year. (It was awesome - they had her OPEN the new year with the song instead of closing out the old year.  LOL) But from the actual New Year's Eve show - I have You're So Beautiful.  :-)We also have stampyurfeet's Happy Birthday video to Donna, and another birthday tribute by his "friend" Suecase Hall.

[DEC 30]

Happy Birthday Donna

[DEC 22] Greetings all and Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza, Happy Winter Solstice, and Happy Festivas to those who celebrate any or all of those holidays! This week's update was planned to be some holiday videos and probably very little news.... but then we got an early Christmas present!  We now have an OFFICIAL opening day for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway! It is April 23 but, previews start March 28 so you can see it as early as that.  :-)  Tickets go on sale starting January 8 through Ticketmaster. 2018 is already off to a great start!

[DEC 22] Now with the musical's debut on Broadway comes some new websites you should know about.  :-) First is the official website for the production: TheDonnaSummerMusical.com. There's not a lot there yet of course, but you can sign up for email updates. (Just a note, the "listen" link there is for just a general Donna Summer Spotify playlist and not for music specifically used in the musical.) There are also some new social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. So if you use any (or all) of those sites, be sure to follow those pages.

[DEC 22] And of course the announcement of the opening day has spawned tons of media coverage.  SiriusXM's On Broadway mentioned it in their Broadway Buzz yesterday? or the day before? I don't remember - I just heard it on my way to work and I was thrilled. And then there are articles in the following outlets:

New York Times
Broadway.com
Playbill
Variety
Hollywood Reporter
NY Theater Guide
Newsday

And there are a lot more articles popping up as well!

[DEC 22] Unfortunately there is some sad news this week too. Larry Harris, one of the co-founders of Casablanca Records, has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 70. You can read his obituary in Billboard. My condolences to his friends and family.   :-(

[DEC 22] Ok - on to the holiday updates I planned to post.  The King Moonracer's Revolt blog has a post on why to him, Donna Summer means Christmas. It's a very personal reflection and a touching read. Oh, and here is the 1984 Bandstand episode he talks about.

[DEC 22] This week, instead of just posting a bunch of YouTube links, I made a YouTube playlist of holiday songs featuring Donna Summer, Johnnyswim, and Mary Gaines Bernard. And with that let me say  - have a very happy and safe holiday weekend!

Happy Holidays!

[DEC 16] Happy Saturday all!  First up - Christmas is a week from Monday so I'm not sure exactly when next week's update will happen. It might be Saturday again, or I might do it Friday. I'll see how it goes with my holiday preparations.  :-)

[DEC 16] On to the musical!  So as you know Summer: The Donna Summer Musical plays in La Jolla until December 24. And then..... BROADWAY some time in April! At least that's the news according to the NY Post.  :-)  It seems that Tommy Mottola is in as producer now and the Lunt-Fontaine Theater will be available by then. An April opening will bring the musical to Broadway just in time for the Tony cutoff date and it will give the show a chance to get rolling before The Cher Show opens in the fall. You can read more about Tommy Mottola's  involvement on Music-News.com.

[DEC 16] While we're talking about the musical, let's post a few more reviews:

Los Angeles Edge Media Network
Talkin' Broadway
Entertainment Today
Times Of San Diego
The Stage Review
Carol's Theater Reviews
Vet Tix

The reviews are a mixed bag - which is not a bad thing.  There is still time to work on the weak parts of the production and there are plenty of productions that have done much better with audiences than with critics.  So let's see what happens when it comes to Broadway!  :-)

[DEC 16] There is a new documentary online called Donna Summer: Hot Stuff. It's a German production (but subtitles are available in English and French as well.) The show includes interviews with Donna's friends and family, AND also a phone interview with Donna herself done after she became ill. I haven't had time to watch it myself yet (maybe I can make that my Christmas present to myself next weekend  :-) ) but I understand that it is really good. You can stream it on Playloud.org for 2 Euros. They take PayPal only.

[DEC 16] Bruce Sudano fans - he is live from his couch again on Facebook! This time it's with his new song She Said No.

[DEC 16] Last week I mentioned that Mimi Dohler has an Etsy shop with her handcrafted jewelry. She also has a Facebook page to promote her shop. If you like her stuff, give her a follow.  :-)

[DEC 16] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's do some interviews this week. First up is the Lifetime Intimate Portrait. Then there is the A&E Biography, the VH1 Behind The Music special, a 1994 interview (part 1 and part 2), and raw footage of a 2003 interview.

[DEC 9] Happy Saturday all! Let's start off with a remix this week. John Morales has remixed Heaven Knows and put it on the M&M Mixes Vol 4; The Ultimate Collection. I think I have mentioned this before, but now there is a pretty decent clip available so you can check it out. Just head to Juno.co.uk for a 2 minute sample of that and the other mixes on the set.

[DEC 9] On to the  musical. TheaterMania has posted its review and unfortunately it's not overly enthusiastic. They love the music and the 3 Donnas, but have issues with the writing and the lack of depth in the other characters (as in the other characters really aren't given much to do.) On the other hand, sdvoice.info loves the show unreservedly.  :-)

[DEC 9] The Clarion Ledger has posted an article about the Dan Fogelberg Tribute album. There is a section where they talk about Donna's part in the album.  Apparently she was one of the first people to agree to record a song, but unfortunately her schedule was such that they had difficulty finding a time for her to come in and record. The end of Donna's part of the article will get you:

“But one day she called me up and said, ‘Norbert, I’m in California. My voice is feeling strong. See if you can book me into a studio.’ I was in bed with the flu, but I arranged for her to record at a studio in Malibu, and I had the engineer email me her vocal.

“She told me, ‘Book the studio for two days in case you don’t like what I do the first day, then I can go back in and do it over.’ ”

At his home studio in Florence, Alabama, Putnam dubbed Summer’s vocal over an orchestral arrangement that Fogelberg had written. “I had goosebumps all over me while listening to it,” he said. “I called her and said, ‘Donna, don’t worry about doing it over. It’s perfect.’

“What we didn’t know at that time was that Donna was battling cancer. She died just two or three months later (May 17, 2012). For her to do that while she was ill was really special.”

So there you have it. Netherlands is officially one of the last things Donna ever recorded.   :-(

[DEC 9] In the Donna is everywhere category, she was the $500,000 question in Who Wants To Be A Millionaire  the other day.  The question was, "Creating an anthem for working women, Donna Summer wrote the song, She Works Hard For The Money, based on an encounter she had with a tired what?" The choices were: A. Teacher, B. Meter Maid, C. Nurse, D. Bathroom attendant. Unfortunately the contestant was not a fan and had to walk away - even as I screamed at the TV "BATHROOM ATTENDANT!!!"  LOL So the lesson to be learned here is that everyone needs to be a Donna Summer fan!  ;-)

[DEC 9] Moving on to Bruce Sudano. He recently did an interview with Italy's Il Terzo Lato Del Vinile. The article on the website is in Italian of course, but Bruce has posted an English translation on his Facebook page. (If you aren't on Facebook - there is always Google translate.  :-) ) Also, he performed on Il caffè di Raiuno recently. You can see his performance of Bat Shit Crazy here at about the 28 minute mark followed by a short interview, but be advised that the site makes you register first.

[DEC 9] Johnnyswim fans: Baeble Music has a Christmas session with Johnnyswim. It's their version of WInter Wonderland/Baby It's Cold Outside. Now granted it was recorded a couple of years ago, but it's still a fun listen.  :-)

[DEC 9] Finally, for those of you still holiday shopping who might be looking for some handcrafted jewelry, Mimi has a shop on Etsy with some really pretty stuff. Go check it out.

[DEC 9] And that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start with the John Morales mix of Heaven Knows - audio only. (See, I warmed you up with the 2 minute clip above and here you get 7 minutes of Heavenly goodness.  :-) ) Let's do something else fun now. Let's look at a couple of Donna's early hits and compare the early performances with her later ones.  We'll start with Love To Love You in 1976 and then live in 2009. Then we have I Feel Love live in 1977,  and then live in 2008. Hot Stuff live in 1979 and again in 2009, and finally Last Dance live in 1977 and again in 2010/11. (It aired in 2011 but if I recall it was taped in 2010.)

[DEC 8] Sorry for the short notice, but I have breaking news for anyone who can see Summer: The Donna Summer Musical THIS weekend (December 9-10). Lodge Torrey Pines is offering a deal to stay and see the show. There are also tickets to a Sunday  brunch  meet and greet with the cast of the show. For details, RUN to the  Lodge Torrey Pines website.

[DEC 2] Happy December all! Can you guess what the new Summer Fever Pick is? (If not, then you must be new here.  LOL)

[DEC 2] Let's start off with Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (playing until December 24 in La Jolla.) We have a few more reviews now. There is a very enthusiastic one from BroadwayWorld.com, another pretty decent reviews from San Diego CityBeat, a positive review from the San Diego Reader, another from Entertainment Today, and one more positive review from the Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News.   :-)

[DEC 2] Moving on to the land of podcasts, Slate's Hit Parade recently did a whole show about Donna. You can hear it here.

[DEC 2] In social media news, RuPaul has been tweeting  and Facebooking about Donna lately. (He's been a fan forever!) He even begged the cast of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical to help him get tickets to the show. (And it worked - the La Jolla Playhouse tweeted back an invitation to the show.   :-)  )  I would love to hear Ru's review of the show someday.

[DEC 2] I think that brings us to YouTube. Oh what the heck, why fight it - everybody else is playing Christmas music so I may as well too. First up a fan video for Christmas Spirit, a lyric video for Christmas Is Here, a stampyuyfeet video for Donna's Christmas Medley and one for I'll Be Home For Christmas, a Patrice video for White Christmas, and a lyric video for Rosie Christmas.

[NOV 26] Greetings all!  Let's start with Nether Lands today. VintageRock.com has posted their review of the Dan Fogelberg Tribute album. The review is generally positive for the compilation as a whole, and they really love Donna's track, calling it "ethereal and gorgeous."  :-)

[NOV 26] On to the musical. A couple of reviews have popped up. The LA Times was not enthusiastic unfortunately.  The San Diego Times is more positive while still pointing out that some things need work. And the San Diego Union-Tribune expresses a similar opinion. Now keep in mind 2 things. First of all, the show will probably be a bit different by the time it hits Broadway. And secondly, reviews don't necessarily mean that much. Lots of musicals click with fans but not with the press - Wicked comes immediately to mind. The critics weren't fond of it (at least at first) and yet over a decade later it's still running on Broadway. So don't let a less than enthusiastic review keep you from seeing the show for yourself - especially now that the show has been extended to December 24. (And actually, the fact that the run has been extended twice says a lot more about the show than any review. You don't extend the run of a flop!  :-) )

[NOV 26] On to the Donna's music is everywhere category... some of you have already noticed that Walmart is using Hot Stuff in their holiday TV ads. And I Feel  Love is being used in the Netflix series The Punisher - episode 4 called Resupply. Apparently it is used in a car chase scene.

[NOV 26] In remix news look for a new mix of Heaven Knows on the  John Morales M+M Mixes Volume IV. You can hear a little taste of it on SoundCloud - just jump to about 24:10.

[NOV 26] Johnnyswim fans - keep your ears open while you are out holiday shopping.  Their song Christmas Day is playing in the holiday music rotation in some places. (It's playing in my store which is a national drug store chain. I decline to specify which due to various social media policies my employer has. But suffice to say, if my store is playing it then other places are too I sincerely doubt we have a custom playlist.)

[NOV 26] I think that brings us to YouTube.  Let's start with the first fan video for Nether Lands by our own Suecase Hall. Then we have more by Suecase Hall with several of Donna's Motown covers, a video for From A Distance, one for La Vie En Rose, one for Part Of Your World, one for her country medley with Eddie Rabbitt, and a clipfest he put together in honor of Mary's Once Upon A Time concert.

[NOV 19] Happy Sunday all! Let's start off with the musical.  Summer: The Donna Summer Musical has officially extended its run until December 24! I take that as a very good sign! Also, one of the guys who went to the show came back with some souvenirs. He bought a keyring (black rectangle with the Summer logo) and a t-shirt (blue with the iconic Live & More photo as seen in the musical's artwork with the Summer logo.)  I have received another fan report of the show, plus a couple have turned up on Facebook. So I think we are due for a fan report page that I will update as I hear from more of you guys. :-) Tonight I am adding Patrick's report and links to the Facebook posts. And please feel free to send me your reports if you are seeing the show.   :-)

[NOV 19] Moving on to media coverage of the musical, Broadway World has PHOTOS from the show. (Real professional photos!) So that will give you an idea of the look of the show. Playbill.com has an article about the extension of the run that includes one or two pictures that Broadway World didn't post. And AmericanTheatre.org has an interview with LaChanze who plays Diva Donna.

[NOV 19] That brings us to Nether Lands. It is officially available for sale along with the other tracks from A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg. If you have not heard the song yet - go listen!  And the buy it! (Or you can buy it first and then listen - I'm easy.  LOL) I can't tell you how many times I have played it since Billboard started streaming it the other night, or how many more times I played it once I was able to stick it in my Google Music. It just grows on me more every time I hear it. :-) I have to share one quote with you from Facebook because I really like the way Rael put it: "...that voice is like a warm welcoming of a missed friend...." That's exactly the way I feel about it.

[NOV 19] When I heard Nether Lands, one of my thoughts was that some clever fan would make a really cool video for this song at some point.  Well that hasn't happened just yet, BUT one of the fan mixers has gotten to work and has already made a "duet" version  with Dan Fogelberg and Donna singing together. It's on YouTube now. The mix is credited to DJ Moch who many of you may remember as Summer2k.

[NOV 19]  I mentioned in a previous update that Donna's official site now has t-shirts in stock with more items on the way. Well, someone got their limited edition t-shirt order recently and it came with a little notecard that says, " We hope you love & enjoy this exclusive product as much as we did creating it. With our very sincere thanks for your support, The Estate Of Donna Summer"  followed by the "Donna" signature you see on the new merchandise. That's a very nice touch!

[NOV 19] In the land of remixes, there is an EP out by Andy Buchan that includes a track called Caught In The Middle that is basically just a mix of Donna's version of If It Hurts Just A Little. You can listen to it on Soundcloud too.

[NOV 19] Before I get to the next thing, scroll up and see how many news entries I posted about DONNA just now. This is like the good old days again! Ok, moving on to Bruce. He has recorded a song called She Said No. Do I even have to tell you what it's about? Just look up the hashtag #MeToo to see where Bruce got his inspiration. (Or just look at recent headlines coming out of Hollywood and the world of politics.  :-(  ) You can listen to the song on Facebook.

[NOV 19] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's do some random clips this week. Let's start off with Be Myself Again live.  Then we have Donna's live cover of Superstar, Smile live, Donna with Joss Stone on Try A Little Tenderness, Donna with Seal with Unbreak My Heart, Crazy and On The Radio, and finally stampyurfeet's fan video for Take Heart.  I will be back next weekend - I hope  my American friends have a very happy Thanksgiving! (Seriously? How did it get to be so late in the year so soon?)

[NOV 15] BREAKING NEWS! Billboard is now streaming the full Dan Fogelberg album including Nether Lands. They use Dan's instrumental track but unlike in Dan's version - Donna's vocals don't get buried at all. :-)  Fair warning - when you hear the song, some of you will cry.  I will be back this weekend with more on the play.  And now I'm off to stream Nether Lands a few million more times!

[NOV 12] OK - I came back on time.  LOL Happy Sunday all. Let's start off with the musical. BroadwayWorld.com has a forum with a little discussion of the show. You will want to jump down to post #11 for lots of details including exactly how the songs are used. There is also a regular article about the show on LGBT Weekly. I also wanted to mention that according to Donna's official Facebook, they are "woodshedding" the musical right now - that is, they are improving it as they go. For those of you who know how musical theater works - skip ahead to the next part of the update. For those of you who don't know so much about it, let me explain the process a bit. When a musical is written, the creators hone it as much as they can before it ever gets to an audience. But then before they bring it to Broadway, they open it out of town in a place like La Jolla in order to see how an audience responds. Depending on how the play works in front of the audience - changes may be made. Maybe the book gets adjusted, maybe songs changed, but whatever needs working on gets improved. Just as an example, I'm sure many of you have heard of the classic musical Oklahoma. (It was made into a film in the 50s starring Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae.) Now that was a pretty successful musical, but when it opened out of town, it had a completely different title and it was missing the iconic Oklahoma title song.  You see, when they played it for audiences, they discovered that they needed a rousing song at the end to lighten up the mood after all the dark things that happened in act 2. So what I am getting at is that whatever you see in La Jolla - it could be quite different when it hits Broadway. (Or maybe not if the audience responds well to what is there.)  The other thing I wanted to mention is that no matter how much the production crew plans, they can't predict an exact date for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical to hit New York.  No matter how ready the show is for Broadway, they still have to wait for a theater to become available - meaning that something has to close first - and they will be in competition with other shows hoping to open on Broadway.  So we are all going to have to hang in there and try not to be TOO impatient. (What? Whoever heard of Donna fans being impatient?  LOL And yes, that advice is for me too!)  Also (true confession time here), I haven't really listened to anybody but Mary sing Donna's songs since 2012. So when the show does come to town, I am going to have some really mixed feelings about seeing it. I mean, I'll go - try and stop me!  But there is a part of me that is nervous about someone else singing Donna's stuff.

[NOV 12] Enough musical talk for a second.  Let's take a look at Donna's website.  :-) The look of the main page has been updated and then if you click on the shopping link you see several new items listed. Now, the t-shirts are all available for sale now, but the caps and hoodie are not in stock yet. You can see what they look like though.  :-)

[NOV 12] Bruce Sudano fans - he has posted a svide on Facebook called Damned Lonely On The Road.  He's also posted a photo of himself wearing a t-shirt that says "She said no." His comment said "New song... New t-shirt... Men supporting women..."

[NOV 12] I think that brings us to YouTube. Let's do some of the songs being used in the musical.  :-)  I'll skip some of the bigger hits for now and go with the deeper cuts.  First up is Faster And Faster To Nowhere live in Japan. Then there is Friends Unknown from the Walk Of Fame, an I Believe In Jesus fan animation, My Life live (audio only), On My Honor (audio only - sigh, I would have loved to hear her sing it live), To Turn The Stone (lyric video), White Boys (Donna's German version combined with footage from the movie of Hair), and The Queen Is Back (promo video).

[NOV 9] This is just a quick update with the first fan review of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. I will probably not be able to do the regular update until Monday or Tuesday.  So here we go from Christopher Blackwell from Phoenix:

Came back today from seeing the premiere of The Donna Summer musical. The La Jolla Theater was a cute classy theater. I stood in the lobby with my spouse and I saw a few of Donna's family members. I shook Bruce's hand & told him that I'm glad that this musical is finally happening & thanked him. I forgot to introduce myself. We just were facing each other & I decided to shake his hand. It was a great moment for me.

The musical started with the stories intertwined with one another. The play touched base on how Donna started singing in the church. She came from a strict and caring religious background. It discussed vaguely about Donna witnessing a crime with someone she knew. Being abused by a boyfriend. There was a vague story regarding an inappropriate relationship with a church member. Most of the stories were easy to follow. Some of the stories were a bit hard to fully understand. That would be my slight critique of some of it; If I had to pick one.

Other than that I thought the play was entertaining throughout. The music felt like it was written for the musical. I liked the fact that both hits and obscure songs from Donna's catalogue were used. I loved the fact that at least one of the intended original songs from the play " My life" was used. Using that song in the play I felt tied the whole thing together with the original play concept & the "live and more encore" from which mentioned. I felt that the cast did a great job bringing the roles to the stage. The acting wasn't so much as an imitation of the people they were playing but more of the feeling that these people invoked throughout the character lives. I felt the real emotion of the story in spite of knowing it wasn't the real Donna Summer on stage.

The play got towards the later years in her life and her untimely death and her reflection on her artistic and personal legacy. It showed a strong and powerful woman taking charge of whatever circumstances came her way. The play showed how Donna was one of the first female singers to fight the music industry. Towards the end of the play was when things got to my heart and I couldn't keep a dry eye. The play ended we went back to our motel. Unexpectedly the play is still sticking with me. Meaning that I still keep thinking about it. I even cried few times the day after the play. So I guess you can say that I took something from the play. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to go to the world premiere of it.

 

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"I was singing, not whispering or screeching, and suddenly my father was crying and the rest of the congregation was crying along with him. I had touched all of them. In that moment I became a human being"

- Donna Summer, People March 1 1976

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