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Crystal Stark salutes Donna Summer

Crystal Starks performs the music of Donna Summer in a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 17 E. Gurley St., Prescott. (Courtesy)

Crystal Starks performs the music of Donna Summer in a show at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 17 E. Gurley St., Prescott. (Courtesy)

Crystal Stark is returning to Prescott to perform a salute to Donna Summer, known as the Queen of Disco, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center Saturday.

It’s called “Hot Stuff” and was a show that took two years to build from the ground up with Khris Dodge Entertainment, Stark said. When approached with the idea, she said she thought it was great because Summer has so much music. It’s really a labor of love that she had a great time putting together, Stark said.

“(Dodge) and I work so well together,” she said. “We just took off running.”

Stark as Summer takes the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors and $30 for opera box seats and are available online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

The audience always goes nuts for “She Works Hard for the Money,” a song that’s accompanied by a three piece horn section and is pretty intense, Stark said. However, there are a lot of things that Summer did many people don’t know about that she enjoys performing, she said. This includes diving into the musical that nobody knows about called “Ordinary Girl,” Stark said.

Every time she performs the show, she said she feels the essence that came from Summers’ heart and soul that went into writing it. In doing research, Stark said she found that she and Summer were very similar which led to wanting to make sure the show was done right.

“I really wanted to do justice to her legacy,” she said. “I’m not joking when I say this show is Vegas quality … I know that it’s stellar from start to finish.”

It’s become a favorite for her, Stark said, noting that it’s not just the singing that make the show so good, but the writing, the band and backup singers which allow it to not be confined. Anyone who enjoys Summer will love this show and won’t be disappointed, she said.

The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.