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[APR 14] Happy Sunday all! Let's start with the musical. First of all, the Summer: The Musical website has finally listed all the tour dates (so far). New to the list this week, Schnectady, NY (March 24 to 29/2020 at Proctors),  Tampa, FL (May 5 to 10/2020 at the Straz Center), Philadelphia, PA (June 2 to 7/2020 at the Academy Of Music), Detroit, MI (June 9 to 21/2020 at the Fisher Theater) and Minneapolis, MN (July 14 to 19/2020 at the Orpheum Theater). BroadwaWorld.com has a short article announcing the tour. (Oh and on a side note - the new show taking over the Lunt Fontanne in NY is Tina - another diva musical.  :-)  )

[APR 14] Bruce Sudano fans - he's still got a couple more dates left to play in the UK and he's added a November date in Washington DC. For venues and ticket info, check out Bruce's site. And if you want to see some of the interesting venues Bruce has been playing, check out his Instagram.

[APR 14]  Johnnyswim fans - their new album is out FRIDAY! Bust since you probably want a fix right now, head over to YouTube to check out their New Music Monday videos. The last one was for Flowers (from the upcoming album, Moonlight). I wonder which one they will post tomorrow?  :-) And of course, the pair are still on tour and packing the house wherever they go.

[APR 14] I think that brings us to YouTube. You know, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bad Girls album - the anniversary of the release date falls on April 25th to be exact. So let's celebrate those songs. First up a live performance of the title track from 1979. Then we have Dim All The Lights from Live & More Encore (starting with the "unplucked" version), an audio of the uncut long version of Walk Away Sunset People from the 1980 TV Special, an audio of There Will Always Be A You, and wait, I think there is one more song.... a hit...  What was it called again? Oh yeah, Hot Stuff (live from 2003 I think or maybe 2004).

[APR 7] Greetings all! Let's start with the musical again. Seattle - you can see Summer: The Musical  from December 31, 2019 to January 5, 2020 at The Paramount. (December 31 seems somehow appropriate!  :-) ) And Rochester, NY,  you get to see the show October 1 to 6, 2019 at the RBTL Auditorium Theater. The schedule is filling out nicely!  :-)

[APR 7] The 30th Anniversary boxset release of Another Place & Time is out. You can check out the review from Attitude magazine here.

[APR 7] Bruce Sudano fans - catch Bruce live in the UK now! He's got about a half a dozen more dates this month, so check out the list and hit a place near you.

[APR 7] Also - you can hear Bruce speak about Giorgio Moroder in a new BBC World Service documentary about Giorgio. You can listen to it on the BBC website for the next month. (And yes, the link works outside the UK because it's audio only.) Oh and surprise - they grabbed some clips of Donna talking about her time with Giorgio too.

[APR 7] Moving on to Johnnyswim (who are still on tour by the way), this week's New Music Monday was  a song called The Last Time from the upcoming album, Moonlight. You WANT to hear it!  :-) (And I can't want to see what they pick for tomorrow.) Also, check out their interview on 1010 WINS.

[APR 7] I think that brings us to YouTube. I think in honor of the Another Place And Time anniversary box set, we should do some APAT clips.  First up a clip with some behind the scenes footage from the album photo shoot. (watch for Donna being silly.  LOL) Then we have audio of Love's About To Change My Heart (Pete Hammond 12" mix),  DJ Moch's APAT Tribute Megamix This Time I Know It's For Real from Live & More Encore,  Love's About To Change My Heart live on Arsenio Hall, and I Don't Wanna Get Hurt from Top Of The Pops.

[APR 7] And on a final note, my walk to fight MS is May 18.  If you would like to donate, my link is here. I even ordered a new Donna shirt to wear this year. But you won't see it if I don't reach my goal!  :-)

[MAR 31] Happy Sunday all! First up - the April Summer Fever Pick is up. This month we are Live & More (Encore)!

[MAR 31] We have more dates for the musical.  From December 3 to 19, 2019 it will be in San Francisco at the SHN Golden Gate Theater.From April 14 to 19, 2020 it will be in Baltimore, MD at the Hippodrome. And  on May 19 to 24, 2020 it will be in Greenville, SC at the Peace Center. Hey, and if you are a performer and think you have the chops to be one of the Donnas (or even one of the other roles) in the touring production, Playbill has posted an audition date and location. (You have to be a member of Actors' Equity if you want to audition.)

[MAR 31] Johnnyswim fans - this is a good week to be a fan! First of all, New Music Monday is back. This past Monday they posted Bridges live from their garage. They followed that up a couple of days ago with an audio stream of The Last Time (featuring Michael MacDonald). On Wednesday they were live at Paste Studios - a performance you can see on YouTube. And then on Thursday they were live at Billboard - that one is on Facebook. Don't forget that the pair are on tour most of the summer, and the new album, Moonlight, comes out April 19 at all your favorite music places.

[MAR 31] I think that brings us to YouTube.  In honor of the new Summer Fever Pick, let's play some tracks from Live & More Encore. First up is  what was then a brand new song, Nobody. Then from Ordinary Girl, we have My Life and If There Is Music There. And from the infamous "unplucked" section - I Don't Wanna Work That Hard. And finally on an unrelated note, apparently today is National Crayon Day.  So in honor of that, we have Crayons live in Brooklyn.

[MAR 24] Happy Sunday all!  Let's start off with the musical. I have created a section on this page with a list of known dates and locations so far. I'll update that as more performances are added.  :-) And speaking of updates to that list -  this week sees the addition of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, and Atlanta.

[MAR 24] On to Donna herself.  If you have Facebook and follow Nathan DiGesare, you might have run into this interesting post. And in case this link doesn't still work (or if you don't have Facebook), Nathan said: "Best part of my musical journey has been the honor of working with Donna Summer...a friend that has left us too soon. We wrote many songs together, but I Will Live For Love was my favorite. I remember like yesterday working on this vocal with Donna in my studio. As it came to the final chorus, she would look and give me a happy smile. We played it over and over that evening knowing that God gave us something special...a beautiful song. This performance with the Nashville Symphony was truly the intent and style we envisioned when writing." And then he linked to this awesome clip that I'm sure you have all seen of Donna performing with the Nashville Symphony. (I always KNEW that song as written to be a ballad!  LOL)  He also added an even more interesting dropbox link.

[MAR 24] Bruce Sudano fans - catch him performing in the UK through the month of April with Colin Blunstone. Check his site for a list of dates and venues.

[MAR 24] I think that brings us to YouTube.  In honor of I Will Live For Love, let's look at some ballads this time. First up, A Song For You from a TV appearance. Then we have audio for Sometimes Like Butterflies, La Vie En Rose live in Paris,  Sand On My Feet live in 2008, and a fan video for Netherlands.

[MAR 24] And finally - once again I am walking for MS. If you would like to donate, my link is here. And I will have thank yous to send to my donors after the walk is over on May.  :-)

[MAR 17] Happy St. Patrick's Day all! And to the people of New Zealand... I have no words that are adequate for what you are going through. But please know that good people everywhere stand behind you. And I hope that some day we figure out how to stop these sort of mass-killings from happening.

[MAR 17]  In musical news, Summer The Musical will be performed at  ASU Gammage in Tempe , AZ January 7 - 12, 2020.

[MAR 17] In the Donna is everywhere category, Grand Analog has a song called Donna Summer.

[MAR 17] Johnnyswim fans - don't forget that the duo is on tour and those tickets are going FAST. Check the list of dates and places here.

[MAR 17] Check out Bruce Sudano's lyric video on Facebook for September In Your Eyes from The Burbank Sessions. That should help tide us all over until the new music comes out.  :-)

[MAR 17] That brings us to YouTube. Let's do some really early stuff this week.  Let's start with the audio for Sally Go Round The Roses and So Said The Man. From Haare we have video of The Flesh Failures (jump to about 2:33 to see Donna), and audio of Der Wasserman. From a rare early TV appearance we have Black Power - this particular clip combines the actual footage of Donna with some other stuff to fill out the whole song.  (In the TV show the song mostly played behind the scene that was going on.) And from Godspell we have an audio clip of O segne Gott meni Seel.

[MAR 10] Happy Sunday all! I guess we can start with the musical. Summer will be in Denver, CO at the Buell Stage January 28 to February 9, 2020.  And it will be at the Fox Theater in St Louis, MO January 15-26, 2020.

[MAR 10] Bruce Sudano fans - mark your calendars for November 4. That's when Bruce will be playing at the O Mansion in Washington DC.  Also, Bruce has been spending lots of time in the studio lately, so you know what that means - new music on the way!

[MAR 10] I'm sure many of you remember a few weeks ago that I was talking about an episode of  the REELZ Autopsy series that was about Donna.  The show has found its way to YouTube for those of you who didn't get to see it.  I highly recommend watching some of your favorite Donna clips afterwards to put your mind in a better place. At least if you are watching the show now, you are going in with the knowledge that they will be discussing Donna's death -- that fact was a very unpleasant surprise for those of us who watched it when it first aired. We were all just expecting a regular artist profile along the lines of Behind The Music, etc.

[MAR 10] I think that brings us to YouTube. This week we have  a new mix: the JQ Trance mix of Could It Be Magic. Then we have an audio only concert from 1977 featuring one of the earliest performances of Last Dance, a 1995 concert from Brazil, and finally, my favorite clip of Could It Be Magic with Donna and Barry Manilow. (If that REELZ Autopsy show depressed you, this clip should make you smile!)

[MAR 2] Happy Saturday all! It's a new month so it's time for the new Summer Fever Pick. This month we are going blonde for some Mistaken Identity.  ;-) (Ok, maybe I'll just be blonde in my head...)

[MAR 2] We have new dates for Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. It will be playing March 31 to April 5, 2020 at the Schuster Center in Dayton Ohio.  It's also coming to the Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH October 8 to 27, 2019.

[MAR 2] Mary Gaines Bernard fans - don't forget that she is performing Friday March 8 (THIS FRIDAY!) at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, FL. And in case you are looking for a little taste of what Mary's show is like, check out this YouTube promo.  :-)  I wish I could be there!! (Quick somebody get me the winning lottery numbers so I can ditch this whole job thing.  LOL)

[MAR 2] Bruce Sudano  fans should also save March 8. On that day he will be a guest on TGIF With Tom & Laura on BBOX radio from 1 to 2 PM Eastern. And yes, you CAN listen online! If you do Facebook, you can  check out the show's page here. (If you like what you hear - be sure to let Tom & Laura know!  :-) )

[MAR 2] If you are looking for fine art prints of Donna (and have deep pockets) 1stdibs.com has a few things available for sale. If you have a more modest budget, Amazon has a Donna Summer adult coloring book.  Of course, if you  have access to Photoshop (or something similar), you can make your own coloring book with the images of your choice.  :-)

[MAR 2] I think that brings us to YouTube.  In honor of the new Summer Fever Pick, let's do some Mistaken Identity clips.  First up is a blonde Donna live in Yokohama. Then we have Donna live in Brazil from 1992. Then in the land of shorter clips, we have Friends Unknown live,  Work That Magic from European TV, a fan video for Fred Astaire, Heaven's Just A Whisper Away from the Apollo,  and a fan video for Let There Be Peace. And finally, I shared this mystery video last week.  It has nothing to do with Mistaken Identity and I'm pretty sure it won't stay on YouTube long, so check it out while you can.  It's a full length thing so leave yourself plenty of time to view it.  ;-)

[MAR 2] And finally  - I am doing my annual MS Walk at Jones Beach again this year on May 18.  If you would like to donate, my link is here.  I still have lots of pens from last year to hand out to my donors, and who knows.... maybe I'll come up with something else to share with you as well.  :-) You  guys have always been awesome about supporting my walks and I really do appreciate it!

 

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"We have to support the arts. This type of culture is so important to how we develop as human beings. Music is the intrinsic thing; it goes inside your head whether you like it or no. Once it’s in there, it does its magic. It’s the one thing that gets you through moments that otherwise you’d have no resource for."

- Donna Summer, Echo Magazine October, 2010

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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical performance dates

2019
10/1 to 6/2019 Rochester, NY
10/8 to 27/2019 Cleveland OH
11/5 to 24/2019 Hollywood, CA
12/3 to 29/2019 San Francisco, CA
12/31 to 1/5/2020 Seattle, WA

2020
1/7 to 12/2020 Tempe, AZ
1/15 to 26/2020 St. Louis, MO
1/28 to 2/9/2020 Denver, CO
2/12 to 23/2020 Chicago, IL
3/24 to 29/2020 Schenectady, NY
3/31 to 4/5/2020 Dayton, OH
4/7 to 12/2020 Pittsburgh, PA
4/19 to 19/2020 Baltimore, MD
4/28 to 5/3/2020 West Palm Beach, FL
5/5 to 10/2020 Tampa, FL
5/12 to 17/2020 Miami, FL
5/19 to 24/2020 Greenville, SC
6/2 to 7/2020 Philadelphia, PA
6/9 to 21/2020 Detroit, MI
6/23 to 28/2020 Atlanta, GA
7/14 to 19/2020 Minneapolis, MN
8/4- to 16/2020 Boston, MA

 

   
   
 
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