A musical about Donna Summer will open on Broadway April 23rd at the Nederlander Organization’s Lunt Fontanne Theatre. SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical looks at the life of the late Queen Of Disco. Des McAnuff will direct and Serge Trujillo is the choreographer. The duo worked together previously on the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons musical Jersey Boys. Summer brought disco to the mainstream during the ’70s and had success as a charted artist through the ’80s. Disco was criticized by some but Summer’s voice and popularity transcended the naysayers. She was the first artist to have three double albums reach the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart. Hit songs like “Bad Girls” and “Last Dance” continue to inspire, influence and move people to dance.
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James and Mabel are the anonymous London duo simply known as Gold Fir. They created a buzz with their first single “Night Walk.” “Sirens” is dance-oriented with roots in ’80s R&B and pop vocal styles. Mabel’s voice is a bright light coming through the synthesized funk phrases. The song leads the way for Gold Fir’s 2018 EP.
Lion Babe’s “Hit The Ceiling” from HBO’s Insecure gets a dance music remix from California producer Zikomo. Jillian Hervey’s vocals are reduced to a repetitive hook within an arrangement of a classic house beat, prominent bass and an echo born out of disco.
Frank Addai is back with “Feeling You” from his forthcoming EP. Addai received attention earlier this year for his cover of Naughty Boy’s “Runnin’ (Lose It All).” Solarium produced “Feeling You” and Addai explains the story behind the song:
“The song stemmed from a simple phone call I had with Solarium, about my desire to create some soulful house music that is R&B melody heavy. I wanted people to vibe to the music, but also appreciate the musical sensibilities. Solarium led on the production and writing on this record, and as soon as I heard the track, I thought it was a banger. I just had to record it and put it out there.”
Addai’s untitled EP is scheduled for release at the beginning of 2018.
Washed Out released his visual debut album Mister Mellow on Stones Throw earlier this year. Fellow labelmate Mndsgn has remixed “Washed Out” from Mister Mellow and made it into something ideal for the rollerskating rink. Mndsgn’s sophomore album Body Wash came out in 2016.