The American premiere of Six, the new musical about the wives of Henry VIII, celebrated its opening night May 22 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater after beginning preview performances May 14. The musical, written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, arrives in the U.S. after a hit Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut, subsequent U.K. tour, and current West End production.
In Six, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into a celebration of 21st-century girl power.
Flip through photos of the production below:
Opening Night Photos: Six at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage, the all-woman cast, backed by the all-woman band the “Ladies in Waiting,” features Adrianna Hicks (The Color Purple) as Catherine of Aragon, Abby Mueller (Beautiful) as Jane Seymour, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard, and Anna Uzele (Once On This Island) as Catherine Parr. Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert and Mallory Maedke are the Alternate Queens.
The “Ladies in Waiting” include Julia Schade Armstrong (keyboard/conductor/assistant music director), Kimi Hayes (guitars), Stacy McMichael (electric bass), and Sarah Allen (drums).
The production also features music direction by Roberta Duchak, assistant direction by Megan E. Farley, scenic design by Emma Bailey, costumes by Gabriella Slade, sound design by Paul Gatehouse, lighting by Tim Deiling, orchestrations by Tom Curran, vocal arrangements by Joe Beighton, and original choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, in addition to the work of associate choreographers Melody Sinclair and Dionna PridGeon.
The Chicago venue is presenting the musical previously seen in London by arrangement with Kenny Wax, Global Musicals, George Stiles, and Kevin McCollum.