Six Composer Toby Marlow Steps in at Sold-Out Shows After Cast Illnesses

London News   Six Composer Toby Marlow Steps in at Sold-Out Shows After Cast Illnesses
 
The show’s co-creator played Catherine Parr for two performances of the London smash.
Toby Marlow (center) as Catherine Parr with Millie O’Connell, Courtney Stapleton, Genesis Lynea, Aimie Atkinson, and Jarneia Richard-Noel.
Toby Marlow (center) as Catherine Parr with Millie O’Connell, Courtney Stapleton, Genesis Lynea, Aimie Atkinson, and Jarneia Richard-Noel. Betty Zapata

Six’s composer Toby Marlow wound up singing his own songs July 28, when he had to take over the role of Catherine Parr for two sold-out performances at London’s Arts Theatre.

Maiya Quansah-Breed, who usually plays Parr, was out on vacation, but the two standbys were out with colds and the other understudy was on for Jane Seymour. Marlow, who wrote the show with Lucy Moss, joined the cast to present a concert version of the musical.

Six re-envisions the tale of Henry VIII’s six wives—Parr the sixth and final. The musical currently enjoys its production in London as well as a run in Chicago, which plays through August 4. The Chicago production then move’s to A.R.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts beginning performances August 21.

Marlow thanked his audiences via Twitter, saying:

He spoke of his love for the show and how he always believes the show must go on:

The London production, directed by Moss and Jaime Armitage, earned five Olivier Award nominations including Best New Musical. London producers said all audience members had been offered free tickets to see a full version of the show at a later date.

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