Get ready: The group behind “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Baby Love” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” has its story told in this hit show that’s been playing on Broadway since March. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards last year.
The Queen of Disco gets the Broadway biography treatment with “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” which runs Jan. 15-26 at the Fox Theatre. Here’s a selection of other shows that give fans the inside story.
'Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations'
'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical'
Music from King’s iconic “Tapestry” album is weaved throughout this show. Paul Blake, the Muny’s former longtime head, is lead producer, along with St. Louis native Mike Bosner and St. Louisan Terry Schnuck. The show most recently played the Fox Theatre in 2019.
'The Cher Show'
This jukebox musical about the life of the septuagenarian performer who’s perpetually on a farewell tour ran for nearly a year on Broadway, ending its run in August. Like “Summer,” it features three performers in the title role. A national tour will launch in October.
Neither biographical nor a jukebox musical, the show was inspired by the rise of the Supremes in the 1960s and the group’s relationship with Berry Gordy of Motown Records. Jennifer Holliday starred in the 1981 Broadway production and reprised her role at the Muny in 2012. Jennifer Hudson and Beyoncé starred in a 2006 film adaptation.
The Tony-winning musical tells the story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and in 2014 was adapted for the screen by Clint Eastwood. In 2018, the Muny was the first theater to stage the show since its 11-year Broadway run and tour (which included a few visits to the Fox Theatre). “Jersey Boys” returns to the Fox for performances Jan. 30-Feb. 2.
'Motown: The Musical'
Based on record label founder Berry Gordy’s autobiography, “To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown,” this show includes more than 60 tunes from the era and was nominated for four Tony Awards. A tour played the Fox in 2014.
'A Night With Janis Joplin'
Mary Bridget Davies earned a Tony nomination for her portrayal of the legendary singer. The show, an imagined concert headlined by Joplin, takes the audience along for her journey to stardom. A tour, starring Davies, visited Stifel Theatre in October.
'On Your Feet!'
A touring production of this jukebox musical, which tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their Miami Sound Machine, visited the Fox in 2017. It makes its regional premiere Aug. 1-7 at the Muny. The Broadway production was directed by Webster Conservatory alumnus Jerry Mitchell.
'Tina: The Tina Turner Musical'
A biographical show featuring nearly 30 of the Queen of Rock’s hits — including “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” “Proud Mary” and “(Simply) The Best” — opened in November on Broadway.