Donna Summer Musical Kicks Off at the Golden Gate Theater

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SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical kicked off its residency at the Golden Gate Theater last night. The North American tour that chronicles the life of the Disco queen will be in San Francisco on December 3-29, 2019. Three incredible singers play the part of Donna at different times in her life. Dan’yelle Williamson portrays “Diva Donna,” Alex Hairston “Disco Donna” and Olivia Elease Hardy “Duckling Donna.”

Most famous for the songs “Love to Love You Baby” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” Donna was a staple on the disco club circuit. 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 many women around the world.

The play features a score of more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff,” and is a moving tribute to the voice that shaped a generation.

The cast of SUMMER also includes Steven Grant Douglas as “Bruce Sudano,” John Gardiner as “Neil Bogart,” and Erick Pinnick as “Andrew Gaines.”

The ensemble is comprised of Jennifer Byrne, Jay Garcia, Tamrin Goldberg, Cameron Anika Hill, Brooke Lacy, Trish Lindström, Mara Lucas, Jo’Nathan Michael, DeQuina Moore, Kyli Rae, Crystal Sha’nae, De’Ja Simone, Sir Brock Warren, Candace J. Washington, Brittany Nicole Williams and Jennifer Wolfe.

Photos courtesy of Broadway SF

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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