Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ Olivier-nominated musical phenom Six will open on Broadway March 12 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, George Stiles and Kevin McCollum said today. Performances begin on February 13.
The synopsis: 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 soon-to-be announced female cast is backed by 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, according to the producers.
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“We are UNBELIEVABLY excited about Six coming to Broadway, like actually what is going on!,” said writers Marlow and Moss said in a statement. “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!!!”
The 24-year-old Marlow and Moss, 25, 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.
Partnering with U.S. Producer Kevin McCollum, Six made its North American premiere in May of this year at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in Chicago, IL in a record-breaking run ending this Sunday, August 4. Prior to Broadway, the show will play limited engagements at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA (August 21 – September 7), the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, AB Canada (November 2-24) and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul, MN (November 29 – December 22).
“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.
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