Blessed by God with the gift of voice and a grandmother who filled her heart with beautiful songs, Rainere learned at an early age that she could use her voice to lift a soul and bring joy to all who hear her sing. They were so deeply inside me that I knew I could honor her and all the good she did by re-creating her presence for audiences who remember how great she and her contributions were to all of us! Her song list spans six decades with the appropriate stage presence and performance to match the audience and venue and she has recently added a variety of country songs to the delight of audiences not accustomed to hearing an African American female sing tunes straight out of Nashville. With music in her blood and songs in her heart, Rainere continues to seek out audiences of all ages who enjoy melodies from different eras and appreciate the pioneers and contemporaries who brought them to us. Rainere Martin. Digital Journal.
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Meteoric rise to fame. Drug addiction. Star-crossed love. Exploitation and betrayal by the music industry. The death of disco.
Find out how the Funky Chicken made its way to Broadway.
She gained prominence during the disco era of the late s and became known as the "Queen of Disco" , while her music gained a global following. While influenced by the counterculture of the s , Summer became the lead singer of a psychedelic rock band named Crow and moved to New York City. Joining a touring version of the musical Hair , she left New York and spent several years living, acting and singing in Europe, where she met music producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte in Munich, where they recorded influential disco hits such as " Love to Love You Baby " and " I Feel Love ", marking her breakthrough into an international career. Summer earned a total of 42 hit singles on the US Billboard Hot in her lifetime, with 14 of those reaching the top-ten. She claimed a top 40 hit every year between and , and from her first top-ten hit in , to the end of , she had 12 top-ten hits 10 were top-five hits , more than any other act during that time period.
That may be all some fans need from this thin Broadway musical that purports to tell the life story of the singer born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, who had a wildly successful career from the mid s to the mid s. That it falls short of its potential is only surprising because of the creative team behind it, which includes director Des McAnuff, who co-wrote the book with Colman Domingo and Robert Cary ; choreographer Sergio Trujillo; and music supervisor Ron Melrose. More production photographs at NewYorkTheater. Three actresses portray Donna Summer at different ages. I guess this is the concert of a lifetime. She makes an unintentionally telling remark about halfway through the minute show:. On a bad day, I felt like Judy Garland, period. She did? Summer touches on any of this if at all — along with almost everything else about her life — as if checking off biographical nuggets culled from a Wikipedia entry.