Spend a night at ‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ with your galentines

If you or anyone in your family loves Donna Summer, now’s your chance to see her again on stage. 

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical not only brings the story of the disco legend to life, but the jukebox bio-musical will have any fan grooving to the music. What better way to spend the night out without kids than dancing and singing with your friends? It’s encouraged at this show! 

Expect to hear all your Donna Summer favorites including “Last Dance,” “Bad Girls,” “On The Radio” and so much more. In order to tell Donna’s story, the singer is broken down into three roles (Duckling Donna, Disco Donna and Diva Donna) as we travel back and forth through time to see how she became a star. 

While the book isn’t perfect, the three Donnas — played by Dan’yelle Williamson, Alex Hairston and Olivia Elease Hardy — give it their all to make sure the audience enjoys “a concert of the lifetime.” They do make you think the late Donna is back.

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical might not live up to other jukebox musical hits like Jersey Boys or Beautiful. You’ll still get excited as your favorite songs come on and dance along with the energetic choreography. 

The energy of the crowd is key as you can spot the true Donna Summer fans in the room. You can’t help but smile to see them having a good time. It’s the show for them as they enjoy a blast from the past in less than 2 hours. Leave the kids at home and treat your mother, grandmother or disco-loving friend to a belated Valentine’s Day gift.

If you go

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

Runs through Feb. 23

James M. Nederlander Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Tickets start at $27

Contains flashing strobe lights and high volume levels.

Find more information at broadwayinchicago.com.

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Katina Beniaris
Katina Beniaris
As audience development manager, Katina Beniaris digs into data to help the Chicago Parent team learn about our audiences and tailor better content for them. She has more than five years of experience in content creation.
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