The half-dozen actresses needed to play the iconic Queens of the eagerly anticipated Broadway production of SIX have been crowned. Producers Kenny Wax, Wendy & Andy Barnes, George Stiles and Kevin McCollum have today announced the women who portray Henry VIII’s six wives. Hailing from the Chicago company of SIX, the cast will feature Adrianna Hicks (The Color Purple) as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller (Beautiful) as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mackas Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard, and Anna Uzele (Once on This Island) as Catherine Parr.
Co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage and featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, performances for SIX will begin on February 13, 2020 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an opening set for March 12, 2020. The design team will include 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.
“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 is backed by an all-female band, the “Ladies in Waiting.”
The original concept for SIX started with 24-year-old Toby Marlow and 25-year-old Lucy Moss while they were students at Cambridge University in 2017. The show has been through several incarnations including Edinburgh Festival Fringe, then 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
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