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La Jolla Playhouse presents SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical Book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff; Musical Supervision by Ron Melrose; Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo; Directed by Des McAnuff

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World-Premiere Musical

SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical

EXTENDED! November 7 - December 17

Book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff
Musical Supervision by Ron Melrose
Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Des McAnuff

This vibrant, world-premiere musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer, the undisputed Queen of Disco, from her modest Boston childhood to international stardom.

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the iconic songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise – and descent. Featuring three actresses in the title role and a score with more than 20 of Summer’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.

La Jolla Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff is acclaimed for creating unforgettable theatrical events from indelible popular music in such shows as The Who’s Tommy and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. Now, with SUMMER, Des is joined by his Jersey Boys choreographer Sergio Trujillo as they return to the Playhouse with a production that will combine touching drama with the propulsive, kinetic heart of a rock concert.


LaChanze

LaChanze
"Diva Donna"
(Tony Award winner, The Color Purple)

Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose
"Disco Donna"
(Broadway’s Hamilton)

Storm Lever

Storm Lever
"Duckling Donna"
(Playhouse’s Freaky Friday)





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Patron Services will be happy to answer any questions you have at (858) 550-1010.

Children ages 6 and under are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted. Unaccompanied minors ages 12 and under are not permitted in the theatre.




Production Sponsors

Gurtin: Municipal Bond Management
MSI Productions
Michael & Melissa Bartell
Brian & Silvija Devine


Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

The Company

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Press

LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever Will Star in Donna Summer Musical World Premiere
» Playbill

Tony-winner LaChanze among the '3 Donnas' in Playhouse musical 'Summer'
» San Diego Union-Tribune

Mandell Weiss Theatre

The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.

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Children under the age of 6 are not permitted in the theatre during performances unless otherwise posted.

Foodie Fridays

Foodie Friday

Every Friday during the run of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, starts at 6:30 pm

Theatergoers are invited to attend Foodie Fridays, where a ticket to select Playhouse performances also includes access to some of San Diego’s finest food trucks!




Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Sonic Saturdays

Every Saturday evening during the run of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, starts at 6:50 pm

Enjoy live music before the show.




Concession Drink Specials

Thirsty Thursdays

Concession Drink Specials

Bars open an hour before the show. Concessions and other beverages are available for purchase.

Thirsty Thursdays: $5 beer
Matinee Mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays: $8 mimosas







Plus, every Friday and Saturday, have fun with oversized board games like Connect Four and Jenga, or a cornhole match with friends and fellow patrons.



ACCESS Performances

ACCESS performance

ACCESS

Saturday, December 2 at 2:00pm

During this performance, La Jolla Playhouse provides American Sign Language interpretation for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing and audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Audience Engagement Events

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, November 14 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Talkback Tuesday

Talkback Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28 after the 7:30 pm performance

Participate in a facilitated discussion with actors and artistic staff immediately following the performance. A great way to share your thoughts and learn more about the show! Sponsored by Holland America Line

Insider Events

Insider Event

Wednesday, November 29 at 6:45 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Insider Events

Insider Event

Saturday, December 9 at 1:15 pm

Insider events offer a special pre-performance presentation by members of the Playhouse staff that highlights the history and making of the production you are about to see. Sponsored in part by Vi at La Jolla Village

Discovery Sunday

Discovery Sunday

Sunday, December 10 after the 2:00 pm performance

Special guest speakers engage audience members in a moderated discussion exploring the issues and themes in the play.

Meet the Creative Team

Des McAnuff served as La Jolla Playhouse’s Artistic Director from 1983 through 1994, and from 2001 through April 2007, where he directed more than 30 productions of classics, new plays, and musicals. Under his leadership, the Playhouse garnered more than 300 awards, including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Broadway: Big River (1985, seven Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Musical); A Walk in the Woods (1988); The Who’s Tommy (1993, Tony Award for Best Director; 1997 London Olivier Award for Best Director and for Best Musical); How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995); Dracula the Musical (2004); Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays (2004, Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event); Jersey Boys (2006, four Tony Awards including Best Musical; 2008 London Olivier Award for Best New Musical); Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention (2007); Guys and Dolls (2009); Jesus Christ Superstar (2012); Doctor Zhivago (2015). Many of these productions were launched at the Playhouse, where he is Director Emeritus. Recipient of the Drama League’s 2006 Julia Hansen Award for lifetime achievement in directing, Mr. McAnuff served as Artistic Director at Canada’s Stratford Festival from 2007 through 2012 where he directed a dozen productions, including The Tempest and Caesar and Cleopatra with Christopher Plummer. Opera: Faust at the Met & ENO, Wozzeck at San Diego Opera. Film: Cousin Bette (director), Rocky and Bullwinkle (director), The Iron Giant (producer, 9 Animation Society Awards), Quills (executive producer).

Sergio Trujillo's La Jolla Playhouse credits include Freaky Friday, Chasing the Song, Memphis, Zhivago, The Wiz, Jersey Boys, Chasing the Song. Broadway: A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet(Tony Award nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Award), Best Musical Tony Award Winner Memphis, (Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Tony/Olivier Award-winning Jersey Boys (OCC/Greenroom/Dora Awards, Drama Desk nomination), Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith, Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), All Shook Up. Other theatre: Freaky Friday (Signature Theatre), Invisible Thread (Second Stage), Flashdance (National Tour). International: Tarzan (Disney), Peggy Sue Got Married (West End), The Sound of Music and West Side Story (Stratford Festival). Upcoming: Arrabal (ART), The Detroit Project (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).