Disco fundraiser for St. Paul's Hospital that helps with stayin’ alive

Donna Summer and the disco era are being remembered in the one-time benefit song-and-dance show Reinvention of Disco, from Vancouver director-choreographer Leandro Mendez.

The disco-era star’s songs are sung in the show by U.S. Broadway performer Frenchie Davis, in a 1970s-set story takes its cues from Summer’s own life — about coming out of nowhere, pursuing an ambition, and working to achieve wealth, power and fame at time of racism and homophobia.

Summer herself died of lung cancer in 2012, and she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following year. Her influence lingers in many artists who followed her. Kylie Minogue kicked off a world tour this past March by covering the Summer classic “I feel Love.” Others who cite her as an influence include Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé.

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