Former “American Idol” contestant and star, Kimberly Locke, Joins world-class international artists to headline Donna Summer

MIAMI, July 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), the innovator in the world of cruise travel with a 55-year history of breaking boundaries, raised the curtain today to announce the cast of its highly anticipated show in headlining, “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” premiering aboard the all-new Norwegian Prima in August.

The Tony Award®-nominated musical tells the story of Donna Summer prolific rise to fame, showing the queen of disco at three of the most crucial stages of her career: Diva Donna, Disco Donna and Duckling Donna. The brand has announced the cast that will take on the role of Donna Summer through his most memorable moments in life:

  • Beloved “American Idol”, second season finalist, Kimberly Locke, is embarking on her first theater project at sea and will star as Diva Donna, playing Summer as she reaches the peak of her career. Fans will be able to see the same charisma that brought Locke to the final three contestants of his “American Idol” season in this role. Locke is also well known for her work on television and on Broadway, where she recently performed in by Kristin Chenoweth one-woman show, “For the girls”.
  • The role of Disco Donna is Valerie Curlingford, an extraordinary talent from the Netherlands. Curlingford will play Summer in her late teens and early twenties as she first finds success in the iconic disco era of the 1970s.
  • Duckling Donna will show Summer as she grows into Boston in the 1960s. The role will be played by D’Nasya Jordan, who recently starred as Little Inez in “Hairspray.”

“It’s an incredible honor to play Donna Summer with a very talented cast in this much-loved musical,” Locke said.Donna Summer inspiring history and pioneering talent paved the way for so many of today’s brightest singers. She left an immeasurable impact on music and culture, and I’m thrilled to tell her story to guests around the world aboard the beautiful Norwegian Prima.”

The hit production will feature over 20 of Summer’s mega-hits, including ‘Bad Girls’, ‘Last Dance’ and ‘Hot Stuff’, and will also allow viewers to better understand the inspiration behind some of the biggest hits. of Summer. memorable songs. The 85-minute musical will be a first at sea, where the Prima Theater itself transforms into a full nightclub, allowing guests to be part of the show and live out their dreams on stage dancing to the greatest tunes in the world. ‘summer.

“The legendary Donna Summer is an inspiration to many, and we choose performers who would honor that and equal the same level of star power and talent,” said Richard Ambroisesenior vice president of entertainment and cruise programs for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. The new Prima Theater makes for a truly exciting show, and we know guests will be captivated by Donna Summer moving life story and timeless music.”

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its unwavering commitment to bringing Broadway-caliber entertainment to the high seas, having previously launched ‘Kinky Boots’, ‘Six’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘Footloose’ and more across its 17fleet of ships, and this latest addition to the company’s lineup is another first for the cruise industry.

‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ is just one of the captivating shows available aboard Norwegian Prima. Also sharing a residency at the Prima Theater, “Noise Boys!” an original, award-winning beat boxing experience produced by Nic Doodsoncreator of “Choir of Man”, NCL’s highest rated entertainment show currently airing on Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Escape.

As part of the additional entertainment offerings on Norwegian Prima, the brand will also launch live game show experiences that will allow audiences to be part of the show and have the chance to win amazing prizes. These immersive productions take the Prima Theater and Nightclub and transform it into a larger-than-life production set where guests can take part in some of the world’s most iconic game shows, including “The Price is Right LIVE”, “Supermarket Sweep LIVE and “Tap Your Luck Live.” The ship also offers “Sensoria” – a Vegas-style nightclub night featuring a journey through Coachella, Woodstock and Burning Man, all rolled into one. In addition, guests will be able to experience the first Comedy Club “Improv @ Sea” and the popular “by Syd Norman For House” and much more.

For images of the all-new Norwegian Prima’s cast and entertainment areas, please click here.

For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line’s award-winning fleet of 17 ships and global itineraries, or to book a cruise, please contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit www.

About Norwegian Cruise Line
As a cruise innovator, Norwegian Cruise Line has been pushing the boundaries of traditional cruising for 55 years. Most notably, the cruise line revolutionized the industry by giving guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal vacation on their preferred schedule, with no assigned dining and entertainment times and no formal dress codes. Today, its fleet of 17 contemporary vessels sail to more than 300 of the world’s most desirable destinations, including Great Stirrup Cay, the company’s private island in the Bahamian and its resort destination Harvest Caye in Belize. Norwegian Cruise Line not only provides superior customer service from land to sea, but also offers a wide variety of award-winning entertainment and dining options as well as a range of accommodations across the fleet, including single traveler cabins, club balcony suites, spa-suites and The Haven by Norwegian®, the company’s ship-within-a-ship concept. For more information or to book a cruise, contact a travel professional, call 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784) or visit For the latest news and exclusive content, visit the NCL Newsroom and follow Norwegian Cruise Line on Facebook, Instagram, ICT Tac and YouTube @NorwegianCruiseLine; and Twitter @CruiseNorwegian.

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