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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

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PHOTO CREDIT: CASEY GARDNER FORD
BAD GIRLS: FIERCE HIT-MAKING.
03/30/2023 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Cost: $30-$90
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Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends:    Donna Summer was the first artist to have three double albums reach the top spot consecutively on Billboard’s album chart, and the first Black woman to be nominated for an MTV Video Music Award. After the decline in popularity of disco music in the 1980s, Summer switched gears and had a massive hit with the single “She Works Hard For the Money.” The song became an anthem for women’s rights and was followed by a string of successes up until 2008, when her final album spun off three No. 1 dance/club hits. Summer died in 2012 at age 63; the Library of Congress shortly afterwards declared her 1977 electronic dance tune “I Feel Love” was to be preserved in the National Recording Registry and described the piece as “culturally, historically (and) aesthetically important.” In 2018, a biographical musical titled SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical began running on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre after premiering at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. In this regional production, three actors — Jessenia Ingram, Desiré Gaston, and Marliss Ameia — will take on the role of the diva at different stages of her life.Aurora Theatre is led by fierce women, so who better to bring to our season than one of the fiercest female hit-makers that’s ever lived?” says Director Ann-Carol Pence. “So many know Donna Summer’s music but don’t know the steps she took to get there and the barriers that she had to tear down. It is with great pride that we get to bring her story to Lawrenceville.” The show uses flashing strobe lights, theatrical haze, and fog, and may not be suitable for children under 12 due to adult themes and drug use. — KCM

From the venue:

The electrifying Queen of Disco shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. The 5-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend is known for mega-hits like Hot Stuff, Bad Girls and No More Tears (Enough Is Enough). What the world didn’t know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.
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Aurora Theatre
128 E Pike St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
(678) 226-6222
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