Donna Summer: Disco Queen’ Spotlights the Singer Whose Voice Shaped the 1970s (Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — REELZ today announced new original programming for winter 2019 including four new specials, three new series and three returning series. Highlighting the specials is the U.S. premiere of Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie shot guerrilla style on the streets of Brooklyn with a BeeGees soundtrack and a fledgling 23-year-old John Travolta that became a cultural phenomenon. At the heart of ‘70s disco fever is one of the biggest voices that shaped contemporary music in Donna Summer and the new special Donna Summer: Disco Queen shows how she became the queen of disco ushering in a new era of sound that is still heard today. Donna Summer: Disco Queen leads a week packed with ‘70s themed programming starting Monday, January 14 with shows about the celebrities, music and movies that defined a generation.
Since her '70s heyday as disco's reigning diva (and one of its most adventurous artists), Donna Summer has scored the odd hit: "She Works Hard for the Money," "This Time I Know It's for Real." She's still best remembered for the likes of "Last Dance," "Dim All the Lights," and "I Feel Love," though, and this VH1-tie-in comeback bid concentrates on full-bodied if somewhat murkily mixed versions of those classics and their kin. The two new studio cuts that round out the disc are OK at best, although they do display Summer's ability to adapt to changes in pop-dance sounds.
"Disco Queen" Donna Summer proves worthy of her royal title in this collection of music videos. Her amazing ability to reach (and sustain) tough notes with beauty and conviction shines on her many chart-topping hits, including songs featured in this collection: "She Works Hard for the Money," "Unconditional Love," "There Goes My Baby," "This Time I Know It's for Real" and "Love's About to Change My Heart."
This 90 minute show captured Donna Summer's 1983 "Hard For The Money" Tour, and was recorded at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The full track listing is Macarthur Park, Love Is In Control, Unconditional Love (with Musical Youth), Romeo, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On The Radio, Woman, One Night Only, Stop In The Name Of Love, a medley of (a) Dim All The Lights (b) Sunset People (c) Bad Girls (d) Hot Stuff, followed by Last Dance, She Works Hard For The Money, State Of Independence. Donna Summers at her peak and her finest.
An aging former movie starlet (Joanne Woodward) whose Hollywood career went nowhere, now reduced to dancing with a third-rate touring show, finds herself stranded in a small town where she's courted by an infatuated and naive local teenager (Richard Beymer). Director Franklin J. Schaffner's 1963 drama was adapted from William Inge's play "A Loss Of Roses".