Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Toot toot hey Beep Beep… is reporting that Tony Winning-director Des McAnuff will be overseeing a workshop on the life and music of disco diva Donna Summer titled “The Donna Summer Project.”  According to the casting notice, the show is looking for actresses to fill various stages of the singer’s life including Diva Donna, Disco Donna and Duckling Donna.

Donna Summer in her 50s at the pinnacle of her career. She is warm and wise. She has lived a life and is our emcee for the evening. Also plays MARY GAINES, Donna’s mother.

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Donna Summer in her late teens and 20s, riding the wave of her skyrocketing career from Boston to Germany to the discotheques of Los Angeles and Manhattan. She is charismatic and strong as she navigates this world for the first time.

Donna Summer as a pre-teen, trying to find her voice amid a large Boston family. She has gumption, and yet is also fragile. Also plays MIMI, Donna’s oldest daughter.

The workshop is being produced by Tommy Mottola and The Dodgers and will run from June 22-August 6.

LaDonna Adrian Gaines better known as Donna Summer rose to fame during the 70’s and became the “Queen of Disco” with such hits as “Bad Girls,” “Hot Stuff,” “MacArthur’s Park,” “I Feel Love,” and “On the Radio.” While she never appeared on Broadway, Summer did participate in German productions of “Hair,” “Godspell,” “Porgy and Bess” and “Show Boat.” She also appeared in the 1978 cult classic film “Thank God It’s Friday” where she performed what would be become her iconic hit record “Last Dance.”

Before Summer died of lung cancer in 2012, she had been working on her own biographical musical which she titled “Ordinary Girl.” The show was going to feature some of her classics as well as some original songs including “My Life,” which she performed during her 1999 VH1 special “Donna Summer – Live & More Encore.”

Check it out below and along with the audition information:

Equity Principal Auditions
Monday, May 9, 2016
10 AM to 6 PM
Lunch 1:30 to 2:30

Ripley-Grier 520 (Everyone must show
government photo ID to enter building.)
520 8th Ave. (36th/37th)
New York, NY 10018
16th floor

Please be prepared to sing a disco-era vocal hit. Bring sheet music; accompanist provided.

Please bring a picture and resume, STAPLED TOGETHER.

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