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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Reviews

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Average customer review: 3.0 star rating (3.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 13

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5.0 star rating Nuggy from Seattle, Washington

SAW IT ON BROADWAY

I loved it! I have been a Donna Summer fan since I was 10 years old and this was like having her back with us for an evening. I hope the traveling cast will be as good as the Broadway cast.

5.0 star rating Rich R from Huntington Beach

WONDERFUL

I loved it. I don't understand why anyone could calling boring. It was toe tapping, great singing along with the digital background and sound effects.

5.0 star rating Stephanie from San Francisco, California

AWESOME

I saw the show opening night in SF and I loved it. Having been a fan but never having gotten to see her live. It was like I got that chance. I thought the story of her life could have been made more clear. But i’d go again in a heartbeat.

5.0 star rating Kristy kay from San Francisco, California

FABULOUS SHOW

The singing, dancing and costumes are all amazing. We loved Diva Donna, who has a fantastic voice. I took my family to see the show and everyone loved it. My teenage daughter says this is now her favorite Broadway show... and she has seen a lot.

4.0 star rating Vic from St. Louis, Missouri

SINGERS ARE GREAT

The singers are great. I was confused when it started and the young cast playing instruments pretending. Also confused why the women in cast background looked like men and played men. Story choppy with flash backs. The 3 women singers were GREAT. Young Donna was played by understudy in Stl and she could sing. Loved the singing. I gave it 4 for singing, not story.

3.0 star rating Pammibehave from Cleveland, Ohio

DISAPPOINTED

not the best I've seen, not the worst.....found it a bit boring and checking my watch to realize I had 40 minutes left

3.0 star rating Robb Michael from Los Angeles, California

NO BAD - NO GOOD JUST LOW BUDGET PRODUCTION

I love their voices, they are not like Donna Summer but very talented voices. I like the story, very informative. Mediocre scenography materials and low budget technological stagecraft of performance design, in compare with other productions. They have too many females playing the role of male characters. The majority of the production are female, only 2 or 3 real males.

3.0 star rating Dave G from San Francisco, California

NEEDED MORE

The actress playing Diva Donna had an incredible voice and was a joy to listen to. I would gladly pay to hear her do a musical tribute to Donna Summer. The choreography could have been more disco. There were no lifts, one pair of skates, and no platform shoes with goldfish in the heels. I think I would have found it more interesting if the mood of the times as it related to Ms. Summer had been integrated into the story (the disco craze, the launch of MTV, the escalating AIDS epidemic). Instead it was a dull point-by-point presentation of milestones in her life with no context outside of that.

3.0 star rating Greg Kisinger from Renton, Washington

WAS EXPECTING A DONNA SUMMER "TRIBUTE"

I've seen a few tribute bands and they emulate the artist(s), but this is a musical within a type of biography, which is interesting, but it didn't work for me (e.g. there are three Donna Summer singers representing different stages of her life). I would have preferred one singer providing a brief introduction to a song, singing that song, then the next song, etc.. Also, I find audience wannabe members, who stand up and wave their arms, very annoying and inconsiderate - there were several at this event including two next to us. Come on people, SIT DOWN AT CONCERTS, you're not the only ones who want to see!

2.0 star rating DaveO from San Francisco, California

TERRIBLE STAGE DESIGN, WEAK STORY

This show was mediocre and it seemed that's what it set out to be. It was hard to follow the story and we didn't really get a full picture of her journey. We were googling her on our way home because we were left unsatisfied by scrambled, minimal details in the plot. Also, it is such a turn-off to see a performing star who is never proud or thrilled of what she achieves. She seems ungrateful. Disco, the 1970's, pop-star mansions and the club scene offer boundless possibilities for sets and costumes and the audience came ready. Instead, we were just bombarded by dumb things. Dancing around with musical instruments that weren't being played. What was up with those cars? The video screen panels? The record player on a pedestal? The ridiculous laugh track. The girls dressed as ugly androgynous people. Uggh

2.0 star rating Susan M. from San Francisco, California

SUMMER

nothing was developed. Just snipets of what was listed chronologically in the program. Seemed like a someone telling a story that didn't really want to expose themselves

1.0 star rating Body Politic from San Francisco, California

WEAK, WEAK, WEAK ..... ONE TO MISS!

Wow, I haven't been so disappointed in a musical in a while. Instead of a Disco Story worthy of Donna Summer music, we got weak sets, weak story, weak backdrops, adequate leads (but hardly worthy of the great Donna Summer!), man-hating themes, and underwhelming choreography. Sorry guys, but your last two songs to end this musical could NOT resuscitate this disaster. If you're expecting anything like MamaMia!, forget about it and save your $$ for the next offering.

1.0 star rating Williams from Chicago, Illinois

JUNIOR HIGH MUSICAL

Dime store production

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