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Beheaded Tudor Queens Head to Broadway with 'Six'

Friday Aug 2, 2019
The London cast of "Six," which announced it Broadway opening.
The London cast of "Six," which announced it Broadway opening.   

The word-of-mouth-hit "Six" is headed to Broadway. Currently a hit in London, it had its American premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in May 2019. It ends its sold-out run this weekend.

"It's a tidy concept, but tidy concepts are often undermined by a lack of theatrical stamina," wrote Jesse Green in reviewing the show in Chicago for the New York Times. "Not so here. Directed by Ms. Moss and Jamie Armitage, "Six" delivers pure entertainment throughout its headlong 80 minutes. The wickedly smart lyrics are well set on tunes that are both catchy and meaty; the cast of terrific singers sells them unstintingly, straight to the joyful finale.

"And the production values — especially Tim Deiling's arena-rock lighting — befit a splashy North American premiere with Broadway backing. (After Chicago, it travels to Cambridge, Mass., Edmonton, Alberta and who knows where else.)"

Alberta will not be the last stop for "Six" as it was announced yesterday that producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes, George Stiles and Kevin McCollum are bringing the show to Broadway this Spring at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 W 47th St, NYC) on March 12, 2020. Performances begin on February 13, 2020. Ticketing information will be announced at a later date. For updates please visit www.'Six'onBway.com.

"Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, 'Six' the wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. The female cast, soon to be announced, are backed by an all-female band, the "Ladies in Waiting." Songs from the studio album are streamed on average 300,000 per day making it the second highest streaming cast recording in the world," reads the press release, which continues with quotes from the show's creators.

Writers of "'Six'" Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss said, "We are UNBELIEVABLY excited about 'Six' coming to Broadway, like actually what is going on! We are so grateful that we get to share our show with an even wider audience, especially somewhere as iconic as the home of musical theatre — BROADWAY BABY!! The whole team across the pond are ridiculously amazing, and we can't wait to share the show with you — NYC, thanks for having us!!!"

"From its student beginnings at the Edinburgh Festival, via the West End we're absolutely thrilled to bring 'Six' to Broadway," said the producers. "Toby and Lucy have created an empowering musical about six of the most misrepresented women in history that couldn't be more timely. We can't wait for New York audiences to see the production at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre."

'Six' is co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. The design team includes Emma Bailey (Set Design), Gabriella Slade (Costume Design), Paul Gatehouse (Sound Design) and Tim Deiling (Lighting Design). The score features orchestrations by Tom Curran with music supervision and vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton.

24-year-old Toby Marlow and 25-year-old Lucy Moss devised the original concept and started writing 'Six' when they were students at Cambridge University in early 2017. It was first presented as the Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society's submission to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe later that year, playing a one-month run and featuring student actors. 'Six' went on to get picked up by UK Producers and a new production was mounted, with professional actors and a predominantly new creative team, at the Norwich Playhouse and then again at Edinburgh Festival in 2018. A limited engagement at the Arts Theatre in London garnered the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Off-West End Production and the show toured the UK in the autumn of 2018 before reopening at the Arts Theatre in January 2019, where it is now playing an open-ended West End run to sold out houses. 'Six' earned five Laurence Olivier Award nominations this year, including Best New Musical. A UK tour opens in October 2019 and will run concurrently with the London production.


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