Can A Donna Summer Musical Be Scary?

ITotallyKnowSummer_A.jpgFor some people there’s nothing more terrifying than the constant threat of the return of disco music. And it goes without saying that few people were more identified with the genre than the late Donna Summer, who ruled the airwaves in the late 1970s with hits such as “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.” Now imagine those iconic songs providing the soundtrack for a mash-up of all the horror films you loved from the ’90s like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer movies. It goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, right? Why didn’t we notice how ominous all of Summer’s song titles are? “Last Dance” and “Dim All the Lights,” anyone?

Dane Whitlock, who’s assembled one of the most creative rep companies in the land with past hits such as Are You There God, It’s Me Karen Carpenter? and the Little House on the Prairie spoof Prairie-Oke, is the mastermind behind this certain-to-be-hilarious parody, I Totally Know What You Did Last Donna Summer. There are only two ways for this to be even better than it already sounds and Whitlock is on it.

First he cast renowned comic genius Drew Droege, who riffs on Courtney Cox’s character in the Scream franchise. Second, since the show is performed beneath Casito del Campo, one of L.A.’s most venerated Mexican restaurants, audience members can calm their fears with beer and tequila while watching the disco horror unfold onstage. The show will be performed Fridays and Saturdays May 2-24 at the Cavern Club Theatre. Watch a promo for the show with Drew as Drew (Barrymore) below.