BY: JULIA SALKIN
1. This show is making “her-story.”
Six features both a diverse all-female cast and an all-female band, and was born in part out of authors Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s desire to create more strong female characters in musical theatre. The production is equally ground-breaking behind the scenes, with a female-dominated creative team that is bursting with young, diverse minds!
2. It’s a big win for originality and organic success in the theatre.
The musical was created during Marlow and Moss’s final year at Cambridge University. Six debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, where it was presented by the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society. After garnering much interest from producers, Six performed a brief off-West End run later that year. The show then embarked on a UK tour, and ended up back in London in the Fall of 2018 for what was initially scheduled to be a limited run in the West End, but is still playing across the pond today!
3. Shakespearean-era subject… but make it pop culture.
The unique production combines pop and hip-hop style with the story of the six ill-fated wives of King Henry VIII. You all know the refrain, “Divorced, Beheaded, Died…” and so on, but in this re-telling we actually get to learn about the women behind the failed marriages. The music of Six is inspired by female pop icons including Ariana Grande, Adele, Rihanna, and Beyonce. Each of the wives emulates a powerful pop-star, and together they form the most royal of girl-groups…well, if those had existed in the 1500s!
4. Six is no stranger to American audiences…
The musical is about to conclude a run at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, where the musical broke (or shall we say beheaded!) box office records, and even caused the theatre to create additional seating capacity! The show is about to begin a run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, and is set to play the Ordway Center in St. Paul, MN from November 29th to December 22nd of this year.
5. …and it’s already making waves across the globe.
The show was also presented at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Canada, which was once home to 2019 Best Musical Tony winner Hadestown! Six will soon travel all the way down-under, to make its Australian debut at the Sydney Opera House in early 2020, just before the Broadway bow.
6. It’s bringing its tried-and-true cast of queens to Broadway.
It was just announced that Six: The Musical is keeping the six female leads who created their roles in Chicago when the musical moves to Broadway. Playing the wives of Henry VIII will be Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller (formerly of Beautiful fame) as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard and Anna Uzele as Catherine Parr.
Six has opened to rave reviews all around the UK and North America so far, and the West End production was nominated for a total of five Olivier Awards (London’s version of the Tonys) including Best New Musical! Check out their killer performance from the Olivier Awards below:
Six: The Musical is set to begin previews on February 13th, 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. All shows on Broadway are in play at Broadway Roulette!