Donna Summer Gets Her Own Gender-Bending Musical


By Eric Shorey

Earlier this Summer, I re-discovered the multitudes of joy embedded within Donna Summer's literally perfect Bad Girls album. Seriously, if you haven't listened to the 15-track disco masterpiece in a while, it's worth a re-visiting for the crisp, synthetic intrumentation by Giorgio Moroder and flawless vocals from the First Lady of Love. Now, it looks like other people are joining in on what a friend has deemed the #SummerofSummer (and just before Fall comes around, too!), with the legendary vocalist getting her own Broadway musical in the near future. 

Director Des McAnuff (best known for his work on Jersey Boys) recently staged a workshop of the new production, with the New York Post sending theater spies in to investigate.

“Those f*cking songs are so catchy,” said one source. “I can’t get that cake song out of my head, even though the lyrics are ridiculous and it goes on forever.”

In the new production, three different actresses played Summer during three different phases of her life. Ariana DeBose, who will appear in A Bronx Tale: The Musical later this season, was described as "terrific" as the superstar-era Summer.

Although the musical is a straightforward bio, insiders noted that some of the men in Summer's life were played by women. “The [cross-dressing] is interesting,” says a source. “I’m not sure what it’s all about, other than a commentary, I guess, on all those female impersonators who do Donna Summer routines at Boots & Saddle.” 

Meanwhile, another group is also putting on a Summer-themed performance this weekend in Brooklyn. I Feel Love is an upcoming party described as a "an immersive music experience reimagining late 70's nightclub culture" and features artists like Soul Clap, Armand Van Helden, and Summer's frequent collaborator, Giorgio Moroder himself.

While summer may be coming to a close, we should never let the #SummerofSummer in our hearts end.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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