LaChanze, Ariana DeBose, and Storm Lever Will Star in Donna Summer Musical World Premiere

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, featuring book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy); directed by Des McAnuff; choreographed by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Jersey Boys), with musical supervision by Ron Melrose. The production will run in the Mandell Weiss Theatre November 7 – December 17.

The cast will feature three acclaimed actresses in the role of Donna Summer: Tony Award winner LaChanze (Broadway’s The Color Purple, Once on This Island) as “Diva Donna,” Ariana DeBose (Broadway’s A Bronx Tale, Hamilton) as “Disco Donna” and Storm Lever (Playhouse’s Freaky Friday) as “Duckling Donna.”

They are joined by Mackenzie Bell as “Giorgio,” Kimberly Dodson as “Dara/Amanda,” Anissa Felix as “Adult Mary Ellen,” Drew Foster as “Brian,” Ari Groover as “Ami,” Afra Hines as “Maid/Michael,” Aaron Krohn as “Neil,” Jenny Laroche as “Pastor/Norm,” Wonu Ogunfowora as “Mary Ellen/Brooklyn,” Rebecca Riker as “Bob/Don,” Christina Robinson as “Adult Dara,” Ken Robinson as “Andrew Gaines,” Jessica Rush as “Joyce,” Kaye Tuckerman as “Pete” and Jared Zirilli (Broadway’s Lysistrata Jones) as “Bruce Sudano,” along with swings Aurelia Michael and Andra Caston.

Tickets are available by calling Playhouse Patron Services at (858) 550-1010 or online at

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