If you’ve been missing Broadway, there’s no more joyful return than a performance of “Six” the British musical by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss that re-imagines the six wives of Henry VIII – Catherine of Aragon (Adrianna Hicks), Anne Boleyn (Andrea Macasaet), Jane Seymour (Abby Mueller), Anna of Cleves (Brittney Mack), Katherine Howard (Samantha Pauly) and Catherine Parr (Anna Uzele) –as pop stars. This past weekend, my daughter and I traveled into New York City for a matinee and ended up singing and dancing in the aisles with the rest of the packed audience.
This was our first show since the start of the pandemic and there were rules in place to keep everyone safe. I had to show my vaccination card, and since my 10-year-old daughter hasn’t been vaccinated yet, she had to take a COVID test (we opted for a rapid test six hours prior to curtain). With that taken care of, we were ready for a great afternoon in the city.
Since my daughter loves pop music, I knew she would be enthralled with the queens, fashioned after modern-day icons including Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Nicky Minaj to name a few. There was excitement in the air at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and you could tell people were ready to have fun and celebrate.
The show, which closed in March 2020 on what was supposed to be opening night due to the pandemic, feels like a fast-paced 80-minute party (there’s no intermission) and would be a fun girls’ night out or the perfect mother-daughter outing (the website recommends it for ages 10 and up). As the queens compete to see who had it worst, we get to hear a song from each of them that will have you dancing in your seat (or in my daughter’s case, up in the aisle!).
Backed by a four-piece live band, (“The Ladies in Waiting”) the queens sing and dance their hearts out. And although the set is simple, the glittering costumes were a high point. Our favorite of the six was Anna of Cleeves, the wife who Henry rejected because she didn’t look as good as her portrait when he saw her in person. The role was played by Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert, the understudy, and she absolutely stole the show!
Returning to Broadway was one of the most fun afternoons we’ve had in a while. There were strict safety measures in place (in addition to the testing and proof of vaccination, masks were required). It was definitely worth the trip for such a fun, girl-power experience to have with my favorite girl.
Six is playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre now through March 2022 and you can purchase tickets here or at the box office.